Current Exhibits

Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!

June 3, 2017 – September 24, 2017

Yellow Curious George

For 77 years, he’s romped, played, explored and experienced an array of adventures with countless young children eager to know more about the world around them.

But for the first time, Curious George – the childlike monkey in the series of popular children’s books by H.A. and Margret Rey, as well as the star of the #1 PBS KIDS television show – will make Greenville his temporary home.

During the summer of 2017, the insatiable curiosity of Curious George will come to life at the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University through a special exhibition titled Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! The project, designed and developed in partnership with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group, introduces children ages 2-8 to Curious George’s world.

The bi-lingual (English and Spanish) exhibition takes place in the neighborhood where Curious George lives with his friend, The Man in the Yellow Hat. Letting natural curiosity and inquiry be their guides, children explore familiar buildings and locales from the Curious George books and the television series, leading visitors on a fun and interactive adventure.

Encouraging visitors to learn like George – through direct experience and problem solving, the exhibit emphasizes early STEAM concepts – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Learning experiences are based on educational standards developed by an advisory panel from the PBS KIDS series, as well as national science, math and literacy standards for young children.

Supporting characters appear throughout the exhibit, helping to provide context, and to deliver caregiver and take-home messages.
The result is a three-dimensional, fully developed world that resonates with young visitors, while still appealing to the grown-ups in their lives who are just as fond of the loveable little monkey created in 1939 by H.A. and Margret Rey.

Sponsored by:  GHS System Logo


Over the Top: American Posters from WWI

June 17, 2017 – September 10, 2017

The year 2017 marks the centennial of the official United States involvement in the First World War. In honor of these historical events and the men and women of South Carolina who served with distinction on the home front and in the battlefield, the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University is presenting a series of special exhibitions and programs.

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In partnership with the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Upcountry History Museum will host Over the Top: American Posters from World War I, a special exhibition featuring 44 rare war bond posters, focusing on the Liberty Loan campaigns, the War Savings Stamp program, the Victory Loan and support for the Red Cross. This timely exhibition explores the role of illustrated images in rallying Americans to the cause and shaping public perceptions of the war.

These persuasive images served as the primary mechanism of mass communication, encouraging citizens to support the troops, contribute to the Red Cross, and buy bonds to finance America’s participation in the war. Infused with iconic United States symbols like the Statute of Liberty, Uncle Sam, and the American flag, posters were installed in libraries, post offices, and schools in urban and rural communities as prominent reminders of the need for support from the home front.

This exhibit is organized by Norman Rockwell Museum.

Sponsored by: Piedmont Natural Gas and Public Strategy


Back Where I Come From: The Upcountry’s Piedmont Blues


Guitar playerBack Where I Come From, the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University’s newest upcoming, semi-permanent exhibition will take visitors on an enlightening experience through the roots and evolution of the Upcountry South Carolina’s blues history.

Through an in-house exhibition, diverse programming, and musical performances, the project will explore the history of the Upcountry’s Piedmont Blues, including its origins, its unique style, and the musicians who created a musical legacy.

The project will include archival materials, oral histories, and historic film footage that embody the unique style, sound, stories, and emotions associated with the Upcountry’s blues. Together, these engaging experiences will preserve and disseminate the legacy of the Piedmont Blues while introducing diverse audiences to this enriching genre.

Piedmont Blues, also known as East Coast Blues, resulted from a unique guitar finger-picking method. Compared to the Delta Blues, which is purely rooted in African culture, the Piedmont Blues in the Carolinas and Georgia has more diverse elements. This characteristic was a result of white gospel, ragtime, country, and pop music influences that allowed Piedmont Blues artists to display greater instrumental range compared to their Delta counterparts.

The Upcountry South Carolina served as a hub for Piedmont Blues pioneers. Back Where I Come From will spotlight these early blues vanguards including: Josh White, the Reverend Gary Davis, Pinkney “Pink” Anderson, Arthur “Peg Leg Sam” Jackson, “Blind Willie” Walker and Charles Henry “Baby” Tate, who created a musical movement, inspired future musicians, influenced rock ‘n’ roll, and called the Upcountry South Carolina home.

Sponsored by:

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See an article about the exhibit here!


The Ripple Effect: How Saving a River Revitalized a Community

February 14, 2015 – 2017

Markley Manufacturing on the banks of the Reedy River in downtown Greenville

The Ripple Effect: How Saving a River Revitalized a Community tells the story of the Reedy River and Lake Conestee, Greenville’s own environmental crisis and the community’s response to it. Decades of industrial waste polluted the Reedy’s water and created hazardous conditions in Lake Conestee. Through the diligence of local citizens and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Reedy was cleaned up, Lake Conestee transformed from a chemical wasteland to a nature preserve, and Falls Park created to become the pride and icon of Greenville.

This project is funded in part by The Humanities Council (SC), a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.