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UHM Lunchbox Learning

Join the Friends of the Reedy River for a lunch program about current efforts to preserve and protect one of our city’s most unique features.
May 20 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Free to members, regular admission for other guests.
Call 864-467-3100 or email to reserve your seat and lunch today!

“History Happened Here: South Carolina’s Roadside Historical Markers”

A Program and book-signing by Brian Scott at the Pickens County Museum

Thursday, May 28 at 6:00 pm  

      Please join us on Thursday May 28 at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History as we welcome author Brian Scott for an evening conversation and lecture about his book “History Happened Here: South Carolina’s Roadside Historical Markers”.  Beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the LaVonne Nalley Piper Auditorium, Mr. Scott will talk about some of the 1,446 markers he has documented in the South Carolina roadside historic marker system.

Brian writes that his interest in history began when he and his mother went to their library and “spent hours in the South Carolina room, researching their family tree”, which led to searching cemeteries for their ancestors. He has painstakingly assembled photos of South Carolina historical markers since 2006, after taking his first photo of a marker dedicated to the town of Due West.  Brian will be bringing copies of “History Happened Here” to sell and sign at our event.

Anderson native Brian Scott is a 1995 graduate of Clemson University, and holds a BA in history and a Masters in Public Administration. He has hosted the online program called Under The Kudzu, and completed culinary school four years ago as a trained chef and baker.

This program is part of the museum’s continuing effort to provide a variety of entertaining and educational programming for the community. 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. For this and many more events in Pickens County visitwww.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar .

Pickens County gears up for Congressional Medal of Honor Dedications

Pickens County has designated Saturday June 6 as Congressional Medal of Honor Dedication to pay tribute to its four Medal of Honor recipient and to recognize their families. The two hour event begins at 10 a.m. in the newly renovated Liberty Civic Auditorium where Councilman Trey Whitehurst will be the emcee. A biographical video “The Life of Four Heroes” will be shown. This short film chronicles the lives of Furman Smith and William A. McWhorter, who were killed during World War II, Charles Barker, killed during the Korean Conflict and James Donnie Howe, killed during the Vietnam War.

Furman Smith, William McWhorter, Charles Barker and Donnie Howe, young men from Pickens County, were all recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor. They fought in three wars and died in battle under extraordinary circumstances.

When they left to go to war, they hoped to come home. They did their growing up in rural areas where hard work and respect for elders were as much a part of the landscape as fried chicken on Sunday after church.

None woke up in the morning and did their chores with the thought, “I’ll die young, as a hero.”

They went to small local schools and learned about the wars fought to protect their country and secure its freedom as most boys do. It was something that happened “Back in the olden days.”

But then the ordinary world they lived in changed. And they changed too.

They left home. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and one young wife said their goodbyes.

Although everyone must have had secret worries and fears, no one really believed that these goodbyes would be the last.

Some of these young men had never been away from home before, away from the state or even the county.

Some had never seen the ocean. That was to change. We were at war and the world as they and their families knew it would never be the same again.

These four Pickens County boys had no way of knowing they hadn’t long to live and would be forever remembered as great American heroes.

World War II claimed the first two.

Furman Smith was 19 years old in 1944 when he was killed in Italy. He was shot multiple times but continued fighting to protect two wounded comrades and cover the retreat of his unit. He was one of the Smiths from Six Mile, a large family who loved and stood by each other through good times and bad. He made the decision to hold off a German force alone to save the lives of those he served with at the cost of his own. Although wounded many times he fought to the end.

William McWhorter hadn’t been married long when he died in the Philippines in 1944. He was 25 years old, a machine gunner, who made a split second decision to save the life of his assistant at the cost his own. When a Japanese soldier threw a hand grenade into the trench from which McWhorter was firing, he held the grenade against his own body to deflect the explosion. He was a member of the McWhorter family of Liberty, who had lived in the area for generations.

The Korean War took the life of the third.

Charles Barker was killed at Pork Chop Hill in Korea in 1953. He grew up in Pickens County and went to school there. He was 18 years old and fought valiantly to save the lives of the men he served with. He lost his life protecting them.

The Vietnam War took the fourth.

Donnie Howe, a Lance Corporal in the Marines, died there in 1970. He was 22 years old and was a rifleman and also in communications. Born in Six Mile, he too came from an old Pickens County Family, linked with others through kinship and friendship

During the few final seconds of his life, he threw his body on top of a hand grenade to save those he was with.

Although many who knew them personally are also gone now, steps have been taken to insure these men and their heroism will never be forgotten by the communities they were a part of.

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Major General James E. Livingston, will be the featured speaker.  Soloist Amy Evans will sing the National Anthem and the 282nd Army Band Brass Quintet from Fort Jackson will perform.

Following the program four individual dedication ceremonies will be held simultaneously for each recipient on the sites of three county fire departments and the Liberty Magistrate’s Office.

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders and the Sons of Liberty Riders will provide a motorcycle escort for the families to each memorial site.

There will be a color guard, a 21 gun salute, the playing of taps and a memorial wreath will be laid at each site. Some military vehicles of the era will be on display.

Volunteers from many military service organizations, area scout troops, J.R.O.T.C. groups, city and county law enforcement agencies, fire departments, universities and local high schools have worked as a team to put the event together coordinated by the Pickens County Tourism & Marketing Department.

The dedication ceremony for Furman Smith will be held at the Six Mile Fire Department (629 Mt. Olivet Rd, Six Mile, SC 29682), with concurrent ceremonies being held for James Donnie Howe at the new District 2 Fire Department (110 Rice’s Creek Rd, Liberty, SC 29657), William McWhorter at the Liberty’s Magistrate’s Office (310 W. Main St, Liberty, SC 29657), and for Charles Barker at the Concord Fire Department on (756 Concord Church Rd, Pickens, SC 29671).

The public is invited to attend.  You can read about this event as it develops at www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar  or follow on social media

Pickens County plans Congressional Medal of Honor Day Dedication

Saturday, June 6 has been set aside as a county wide Congressional Medal of Honor Dedication Day. The two hour event begins at 10 a.m. in the newly renovated Liberty Civic Auditorium where the families of Pickens County’s four Medal of Honor recipients will be recognized, and a biographical video “The Life of Four Heroes” will be shown. The short film chronicles the lives of Furman Smith and William A. McWhorter, who were killed during World War II, Charles Barker, killed during the Korean Conflict and James Donnie Howe, killed during the Vietnam War.

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Major General James E. Livingston, will speak.

Soloist Amy Evans will sing the National Anthem and the 282nd Army Band Brass Quartet from Fort Jackson will perform.

Following the program at the Auditorium,  four individual dedication ceremonies will be held simultaneously for each recipient on the sites of three county fire departments and the Liberty Magistrate’s Office.

The dedication ceremony for Furman Smith will be held at the Six Mile Fire Department (629 Mt. Olivet Rd, Six Mile, SC 29682), with concurrent ceremonies being held for James Donnie Howe at the new District 2 Fire Department (110 Rice’s Creek Rd, Liberty, SC 29657), William McWhorter at the Liberty’s Magistrate’s Office (310 W. Main St, Liberty, SC 29657), and for Charles Barker at the Concord Fire Department on (756 Concord Church Rd, Pickens, SC 29671).

The public is invited to attend.

ACM – Pick up a Flat

Tuesday, May 19 at 5:30
Pick up a Flat
Remember Flat Stanley?? Well, drop by the Musuem and make a Flat Amelia (Earhart) or a Flat William (Whitner) to take on your travels this summer. Visit their exhibits and learn how both have a connection to Anderson. Cost is free and donation are gladly accepted.

ACM – History Happened Here with Brian Scott

Tuesday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m.
History Happened Here with Brian Scott
In 1998, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History published a guide to the state’s historical markers. At that time, there were approximately 800 markers in the state. History Happened Here: South Carolina’s Roadside Historical Markers is the first time a print listing has been completed since 1998. Documenting 1,446 markers in the South Carolina roadside marker system, this book includes the text, title, GPS coordinates and all of the other information needed to locate each marker in South Carolina. Author Brian Scott was born in Anderson and has lived here most of his life. He is a life long student of local history with a Bachelors in History from Clemson University. Books will be available in the ACM Gallery Emporium Store after the program for $35.

Split oak basket exhibit by maker Deana Sanders Hagood Mill Historic Site for one day only

The Hagood Mill Historic Site will present an exhibit of split oak baskets by Deana Sanders on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 10:00 am thru 4:00 pm. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Sanders, of Anderson County, was awarded a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission to learn split oak basket making with Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award recipient, Gale McKinley.  Sanders and McKinley—who are first cousins—have worked together for over one year. During this time, Sanders has excelled in the tradition.  Sanders began her basket making using store-bought materials, but quickly transitioned to natural materials in her work, despite the latter’s increased difficulty.  She gained fluency in a number of basket forms, including the Appalachian egg basket and the fish trap basket.  In addition to teaching the weaving of baskets, McKinley instructed Sanders in the selection and harvesting of white oak trees, the splitting of white oak using traditional tools, and the natural dyeing of the resulting oak splits. This exhibition is the culminating event of their apprenticeship and will highlight the baskets Sanders has completed over the course of the grant period.

“There were no short cuts made by Deana Sanders or Gale McKinley during their time together,” says Douglas Dowling Peach, South Carolina Folklife and Traditional Arts Program Director at McKissick Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission.  “Because each basket was made using the traditional tools and techniques passed down to Gale McKinley by ten generations of her family, Deana Sanders’ work took innumerable hours of commitment.  Visitors to the exhibit will find that Sanders’ dedication has produced a body of excellent work.”  For more information on the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative, please visit: http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grants/artists/folklifeapprentice.shtml.

There will be lots of other things to see on May 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 more! You can ask questions of the artists and make a purchase of 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.

The Hagood Mill Historic Site is located at 138 Hagood Mill Road in Pickens SC.   For more information on this event, call Billy Crawford at 864-898-2936.



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