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UHM Family Events

Celebrate your holiday weekend at the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University as we explore Twister on Tuesdaywith story times, crafts and science experiments. Help us make a museum quilt, build a corn husk doll, experiment with twisters, and make your own McGuffy Reader. There is lots to see and do this Family Fun Day!
July 5 from 1:00-4:00 PM
Free to members
Free with regular admission for other guests
Jack and Annie land right in the middle of WWII in the newest adventure from Mary Pope Osborne. Join us for Book Club as we investigate WWII through exhibits, art and artifacts.
July 7 from 3:30-5:00 PM
Free to members
Free with regular admission for other guests
Reservations Required – Call 864-467-3100 or Email

UHM – Lunchbox Learning – July 15th

Spend your lunch hour at the Upcountry History Museum as we explore songs of the Civil War. Learn how music was used by soldiers of both sides to raise spirits and motivate troops. Lunch is available for additional fee with advanced reservation.

July 15 at Noon

Free to members
Free with regular admission for other guests
Call 864-467-3100 or Email to Book Today

Story Telling Night at TR Library – Thur July 9th

Story Telling Night

Thursday, July 9th 7:00—8:00 pm

All are invited to listen and share stories and memories of upper Greenville County and beyond.
July’s theme for summer:
“Travel Stories”

Ideas, incidents, memories or happenings during your travels, past or present. From being on vacation, driving to work, walking to the mailbox or anything in between…..

Location:Travelers Rest Sargent Library
(17 Center Street, downtown Travelers Rest).

Looking ahead: Sept 10th “Hometown Teams and Sports” (in conjunction with special Smithsonian Hometown Teams/Sports exhibit at Slater Hall, Sept. 12—Oct. 25)

August Meeting

putthis_on_calendar_clip_art1Next CUSCH meeting on August 5th at 9:30 am at the Fountain Inn History Center




SCHA – Summer in the 60s

Tickets are on sale now for the second installment of Jack Fisher’s Summer in the 60s lecture series.  Join Jack on Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. in the Spartanburg Headquarters Library’s Barrett Room for a look at the British Invasion and how it changed our music culture forever!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit us on the web at

Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics

Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics

Exhibition featuring the work of eleven Cherokee artisans

Opening Reception June 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Pickens County Museum of Art & History

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History will be presenting two new exhibitions beginning June 27, 2015. Please join us from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.on Saturday, June 27 as we host a reception to open the exhibition, Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics, focusing on the works of 11 contemporary Cherokee potters.

    Also opening that day will be the exhibition, Surfaces and Spaces: Photography of Cecelia Feld & Bruce Schlein. Both exhibitions will be on display through August 20, 2015.

    The Cherokee have been making pottery in Western North Carolina for almost 3,000 years. Though nearly disappearing in the 19th century, the tradition survived, emerging as a contemporary art form enriched by the Cherokee artists who have carefully preserved and passed on their practice from one generation to the next.

    For the first 2,000 years of the tradition, Cherokee potters created large, thin-walled, waterproof pots that were stamped with geometric designs. But early in the 20th century this style was almost entirely replaced by the production of heavier pottery, termed blackware, which was incised rather than stamped, a style common to the Catawba, Pueblo and Navajo tribes at that time. Though heavily influenced by these other Native American traditions, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians developed their own techniques. Commonly referred to as the traditional style, this work persisted as the dominant form for the duration of the 20th century.

    It was not until the beginning of the 21st century that Cherokee potters revived the historic, thin-walled pottery style. Also during the present century, a third category of artists working in a contemporary style emerged producing highly decorated and glazed ceramic works. Many of these artists utilize the Cherokee syllabary or other Cherokee symbols in their work.

    Artists including Davy Arch, Darrin Bark, Bernadine George, Betty Maney, Louise Maney, Harold Long, Shirley Oswalt, Joel Queen, Dean Reed, Alyne Stamper and Amanda Swimmer, are among those featured inAncient Forms, Modern Minds. This exhibition celebrates the rich history of Cherokee pottery as well as the creativity and innovation of contemporary Cherokee potters.

    This exhibition was organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum.Ancient Forms, Modern Minds is sponsored in part by RTCAR, Cherokee Preservation Foundation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and North Carolina State University. This exhibition will travel to other venues.

The Pickens County Museum’s hosting of “Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics” is sponsored in part by South State Bank, Pickens Savings & Loan and Robinson Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Gardens. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

    For more information please contact the museum at (864) 898-5963 or visit us at For this and many more events in Pickens County visit

Major Great Depression/World War II Exhibit Opening At Upcountry History Museum

Making its Southeastern United States debut, “OUR LIVES, OUR STORIES:

America’s Greatest Generation” opens Saturday, June 20, at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman

University, a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Only in Greenville through August 11, this major traveling exhibit from the National

Endowment for the Humanities explores the life arc of a single generation – the stories of their lives,

told in their words – from birth to old age. Born in the 1910s and 1920s, this generation of people was

decisively shaped by their experiences and went on to make the “baby boom” and shape the economic

boom of the postwar era, as well as produce some of the twentieth century’s most influential figures.

Moving through the Great Depression and into World War II, the artifact-based, 2,000-square-

foot exhibit explores the human impact of both home-front efforts and front-line combat and the

influence and legacy we all live with now well into the 21st century.

This project also serves as a centerpiece for the Museum’s Oral History Program by

incorporating the stories and memories from members of the South Carolina Upcountry’s greatest

generation to help us begin to understand not only who they were, but how their experiences helped

shape the communities we are today.

The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville, S.C. Hours of

operation are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit


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