Current Exhibits

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites

June 4, 2016 – September 11, 2016


The Tale of Peter Rabbit 1902 PR8 7.6.8

The Tale of Peter Rabbit, 1902

Step into the pages of seven beloved children’s books and enter a world of early literacy adventures with Storyland: A Trip through Childhood Favorites.

Storyland and its related programming build on the Museum’s philosophy that “stories are everywhere” and that literacy is a critical component to learning about history. The bi-lingual traveling exhibition (English and Spanish) immerses children and adults in favorite picture books, from the gardens of The Tale of Peter Rabbit to the super-sized world of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the urban snowscape of The Snowy Day to the tropical island of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Storyland is designed for children from birth through eight years old and adults. The featured books are transformed into three-dimensional play and learning environments that highlight the six pre-reading skills defined by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children.
hp-008_1zIn this highly immersive project, families discover the joy and power of reading. Activities include matching, rhyming, poetry and storytelling. Together they set the foundation for encouraging children to love books, learn words, tell stories, and hear sounds. The result is a lively exploration that combines the power of language, the pleasure of play, and the support needed for school readiness.

The seven picture books featured are: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numero, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, Where’s Spot by Eric Hill, Tuesday by David Wiesner, and Abuela by Arthur Dorros.

Sponsored by: Greenville Health System

The Ripple Effect: How Saving a River Revitalized a Community

February 14 – August 2016

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.