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.

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The World of Jan Brett

September 23, 2017 – January 28, 2018

The Upcountry History Museum – Furman University will welcome The World of Jan Brett, September 23, 2017 to January 28, 2018. This special exhibition, presented in partnership with children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett, will feature original artwork, immersive experiences, and themed reading environments fabricated by the Upcountry History Museum. This creative project will invite visitors of all ages to enter a world of literacy adventures as they step into the pages of Jan Brett’s picture books.

Tropical rainforests, Arctic igloos, a Chinese farmyard, Scandinavian bakeries and a Russian fairytale castle are just some of the discovery zones that will take visitors on a journey around the world as they explore faraway places and cultures through Brett’s literary works.

Designed for children from birth through ten years old and their caregivers, the three-dimensional play and learning environments will provide children with hands-on literacy based experiences, adults with tools for cultivating literacy through everyday activities, support formal education, and guide visitors to the discovery that it is never too early to begin the love of reading.

Addressing the need to support literacy initiatives, the 1,200 square foot exhibit will provide imaginative, book-based
experiences and model early literacy experiences to adults. Exhibit programming will include a visit from author Jan Brett in the Fall of 2017, a Gingerbread Holiday Breakfast, a Jan Brett Character Pajama Party, and the Museum’s after school Kids Book Club.

The World of Jan Brett exhibition and its associated programming will advance the Museum’s educational mission of connecting people, history, and culture, while providing early literacy development benefits for children and access to literacy tools for their caregivers.

Sponsored by:

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Becky & Bobby Hartness,  and Greater Greenville Association of Realtors

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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.