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SCHA – WWI Handguns

unnamedJoin Spartanburg County Historical Association and blogger Othais McCarthy of C&Rsenal on Friday, April 22 for a presentation on the role of handguns in the First World War. Othais will introduce the core concepts of what makes a good military handgun using surviving examples from the era. He’ll also discuss how weapons that were initially icons of rank became necessary tools in the trenches, the role colonialism played in cartridge selection before the war, and how industrial deficiencies, global supply, and Germany’s rationing affected the evolution of handguns in the early twentieth century. Don’t miss this fascinating combination of history and technology!

$5/ticket only; FREE/SCHA Members

$15/ticket and sandwich or salad box (includes beverage and dessert)

Reserve tickets by calling Spartanburg Regional History Museum at (864) 596-3501

SCHA – Textiles Exhibit Final Days

unnamedJoin us for the last week of our current exhibit spotlighting Spartanburg’s textile heritage.
Admission is free, 10am-5pm, Tues- Sat; 1pm-5pm Sundays. The Spartanburg Regional History Museumis located on on the 2nd floor of the Carlos Dupre Mosley Building of the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29304. Phone (864) 596-3501

ACM – War Stories Opening Celebration

All veterans along with their families in this area are invited to attend the opening celebration of

War Stories, the newest exhibit at the Belton Train Depot. The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 24,

from 3 to 5 PM.

In addition to a recognition ceremony, several ancillary activities have been planned. The BHP

JAFROTC Color Guard will begin the program with the presentation of colors, and Cadet Ronald Webber

will perform military drills with his rifle. This presentation will be followed by a short concert of patriotic

Several military organizations will be offering interesting presentations throughout the opening

reception. The SC National Guard will be on the lawn with some armored military vehicles. People can

sit in the vehicles and ask the guardsmen about their military experiences. The US Army will conduct a

short program about the changes in military uniforms and gear over the last century and the US Navy

will provide a video presentation followed by a preview of the video documentary about hometown boy

and naval officer Stan Marshall who launched the rescue of future President John F. Kennedy after his

PT109 was torpedoed in the Pacific during WWII.

Visitors can view the exhibit, which memorializes our local military history from the

Revolutionary War to the present day Afghan War. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a WWII Army jeep,

surrounded by war trophies, military uniforms from 20th and 21st century wars, memorabilia, letters, and

home front artifacts. The Local American Legion Post 51 members will be dispersed among the displays

to share stories about their wartime service.

A Red Cross quilt, pieced together by Belton women to support the troops during WWI, is also

on display. This 100-year old-artifact was never completed, but it lists the names of Belton citizens who

paid a $1to have their signatures added to the fundraising quilt. BAMA is selling identical quilt squares

and the ability to have modern day names added for $5 per name. These squares will be sewn together

by folk artist Maree Dowdy of the SC State Museum and the completed quilt will become part of the

permanent military display in the Ruth Drake Museum.

As part of the “War Stories” exhibit, seventeen veterans from several conflicts have been

interviewed for the Library of Congress Veteran’s History Project.  These interviews are being

transcribed and made into documentary films by ASD2 5th graders.  The documentary films will be shown

at a Red Carpet Premiere on Tuesday, May 24, at the depot.

“War Stories” is being presented by the Belton Area Museum Association and is sponsored by

the City of Belton HTAX and Anderson County ATAX.

For more information contact Executive Director Kathy Benson at the museum 864-338-7400.

The exhibit will be on display until June 11 during normal hours Wednesday and Thursday 9 – 2; Friday 9

– 4; Saturday 9 – 1; or by appointment.

Hagood – Roots of the Blues

Join us on Saturday, April 16th as Hagood Mill and the Greater Clemson Music Festival present “Roots of the Blues.”  The site is open 10:00 am until 4:00 pm with music from noon until 3:00 pm.

Upcountry South Carolina is a historical Mecca for the Blues.  Throughout the 1920’s and 30’s the streets of Laurens County, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson reverberated with the music of bluesmen/street- preachers as they were strolling with their tin cups extended. Many of these musicians became famous on the streets of New York City in the folk revival of the 50’s and 60’s. It is this tradition that we will celebrate on June 16th at Hagood Mill.

This year’s lineup features Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award winner & bluesman Freddie Vanderford and theMill Billy Blues Band playing some red hot tunes.  Warming up the stage for Freddie and the boys will be the young up and coming singer/songwriter, Bailey George, from Pauline, SC.

Hear the old music that made upcountry South Carolina a famous “roots environment” for the Piedmont Blues — some tunes primitive in nature and others coming from  the sweet soul of the South Carolina bluesmen of long ago.

As a special treat Freddie Vanderford will be hosting a harmonica workshop immediately following his performance.  Anyone interested in attending the workshop should bring along their favorite “harp” in the key of “C”.

There will be lots of other things to see on April 16th as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folk life and traditional arts demonstrations.  There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, metal-smithing, bee keeping,  leather-working and much more! You can ask questions of the artists and purchase their Traditional Arts to take home.

As always we encourage visitors to bring their favorite old time instruments and join in on the “open jam” which takes place throughout the day under the ancient cedar beside our beloved 1791 log cabin.

The Centerpiece of the Hagood Mill historic site is the water-powered 1845 gristmill. It is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upcountry and operates just as it has for the last century-and-a-half.  The mill will be running throughout the day. In the old mill, fresh stone-ground corn meal, grits, and wheat flour will be available.  In addition rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping corn meal, and grits, organic yellow corn meal and grits, and buckwheat flour are produced and may be available.  Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items are also available.

There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! There is a $5.00 parking fee for the day but admission is FREE to the Hagood Mill Site as well as the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site.  All proceeds from parking go to help the Hagood Mill.

So, head on out, grab a plate of great food on site from the Gatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a special day at the Hagood Mill.

The Hagood Mill Historic Site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm all year long. The Mill operates, rain or shine, for a special festival the third Saturday of every month.

The Hagood Mill is located just 3 miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 just off Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.

For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website .

UHM – American History Book Club & Forum

unnamedAmerican History Book Club & Forum
A Conversation with Joseph Ellis
“What’s the Fuss about the Founders?”
Thursday, April 14, 2016 at The Poinsett Club
807 East Washington Street, Greenville
Reception at 5:30 pm – $100 per ticket
Address at 7:00 pm – $50 per ticket
To reserve your ticket call (864-294-2186) or email Gayle Warth

UHM – An Evening with David Small & Sarah Stewart

Spend an evening with Caldecott Award-Winning Artist, David Small, and his wife, Christopher Medal Award-Winning Author, Sarah Stewart. Enjoy a joint presentation from these talented artists, a short demonstration by Small, and book signing by both following the program.
Thursday, April 28 at 6:00 pm
$15 for reserved seats, $10 for open seats
Register by calling 864-467-3100 or by email

UHM – Chuck Leavell



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