Upcoming Exhibits

 The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective and National Touring Exhibition

January 21, 2017 – May 21, 2017

tedscatThe works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to his reading audience as Dr. Seuss, have entertained and educated children and their parents for over half a century. In fabricating tales and bringing fantastic creatures to life in the imaginations of young and old alike, he has given us the likes of the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Yertle the Turtle, the Grinch, and the Lorax.

Seuss’ style of flamboyant, colorful illustration, surreal surroundings, and clever yet simple rhymes has made his work recognizable throughout the world. These creations are fun, but with a serious purpose. They teach reading, self-confidence, and the wonderful possibilities of our imaginations.

January 21 – May 21, 2017, the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University will celebrate the work and life of Theodor Seuss Geisel and chronicle the common artistic links found throughout his nearly 70 years of creativity. This incredible exhibition explores known and unknown facets of Ted Geisel’s life including careers as an editorial cartoonist, advertiser, military propagandist, children’s book author,
poet, sculptor, and influential artist.

Ted@easelVisitors will walk through Dr. Seuss’s life as they weave through a mind-altering collection of estate authorized artworks adapted and reproduced from Dr. Seuss’s original paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Works in the exhibition include materials and imagery from significant public and private collections, including the University of California San Diego archives, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, and the Dr. Seuss Estate, and feature rare and never-before-seen images from the 1920s to the 1990s.

Visitors young and old will enter the magical world of Dr. Seuss and experience almost seven decades of work that, in every respect is uniquely, stylistically and endearingly Seussian.

The Upcountry History Museum is honored to have been selected by Seuss Enterprises to be the final stop on the spectacular Dr. Seuss exhibition tour.

Exhibit Partners:

Chase Group LLC            Seuss Enterprises


Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail

February 18, 2017 – June 4, 2017


An exhibition of work by American photographer Ansel Adams, best known for his black-and-white images of nature, will be displayed at the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University from Feb. 18 to June 4.

The exhibition, Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail, is composed of 29 photographs, with images that include dunes, lakes, trees, surf crashing on rocks, storms, sunsets and sunrises.

Adams (1902-1984) also was an environmentalist, writer and lecturer. He was known for his technical mastery of photography. He published eight portfolios from 1927 to 1976 of his original prints and 10 volumes of technical manuals. He also wrote more than 40 books.

Adams was born in San Francisco and from a very young age he was drawn to nature, although at one point he was focused on becoming a musician. But that changed when his father gave him a camera — a Kodak Brownie box — during a family vacation to Yosemite National Park in 1916. Adams’ love for the environment eventually became the subject of his work and photographs.

At 17, he worked as a summer intern in Yosemite Park with the Sierra Club, which is dedicated to preserving the natural wonders of the world. Adams created iconic images of  the Yosemite landscape and other parts of the American West, including national parks and Native American reservations.

While known for his black-and-white images, he also experimented with color with works ranging from portraits to landscapes to architecture. But experts on Adams say that he felt color could be distracting and divert an artist from achieving the full potential when taking a photograph.

His first solo museum exhibition — at the Smithsonian Institute in 1931 and featuring 60 prints taken in the High Sierra — elicited an excellent review from The Washington Post: “His photographs are like portraits of the giant peaks, which seem to be inhabited by mythical gods.”

Exhibit Partners and Sponsors:

Bank of America


War in the Persian Gulf: Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm, 1990-1991

March 4, 2017 – June 25, 2017

War in the Persian Gulf: Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm, 1990-1991, a special exhibition in partnership with the U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command, the National American History Museum, and private collectors. Opening March 4, 2017 at the Upcountry History Museum, the project commemorates the legacy and history of those who served during the Persian Gulf War through an exhibition, the expansion of the Museum’s oral history collection, and related public programming.

Featuring 45 original works from the U.S. Navy Art Collection, oral histories and related artifacts from the Smithsonian, the Upcountry History Museum, and private collectors the exhibition will trace the international conflict triggered by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990.

Known as the Gulf War and the Persian Gulf War, hostilities followed Iraq leader Saddam Hussein’s order to invade and occupy Kuwait with the objectives of acquiring Kuwait’s large oil reserves, canceling a large debt Iraq owed Kuwait, and expanding Iraq’s power in the region.

In response to the incursion, U.S. President George H. Bush ordered the organization of Operation Desert Shield on August 7, 1990, to protect Saudi Arabia from invasion. The order prepared American troops to become part of an international coalition in the war against Iraq through a dramatic increase in U.S. troops and resources in the Persian Gulf.

After Saddam Hussein refused to withdraw from Kuwait, Operation Desert Shield gave way to Operation Desert Storm on January 17, 1991. President Bush gave the order for U.S. troops to lead an international coalition in an air and ground attack on Hussein’s army.

Following the intense bombing of Baghdad, U.S. led coalition ground forces marched into Kuwait and across the Iraq border. After pushing Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait, Bush declared a ceasefire on February 28, 1991; and accepted the surrender of Iraqi generals on March 3.

The exhibition and its related public programming will provide a retrospective look at the two operations which responded to and ended the Persian Gulf War.

Eyewitness to the Mexican War: 1846-1848

Spring 2017 – March 11, 2018

The Upcountry History Museum- Furman University will commemorate the 170th Anniversary of the Mexican War (1846-1848) and South Carolina’s role in the War through a special exhibition, public programming, and curriculum-based lessons that coincide with the South Carolina Social Studies Academic Standards.

The 20-month project will focus on the first United States armed conflict chiefly fought on foreign soil and The Palmetto Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers who served with distinction under General Winfield Scott. The project has also been developed in response to Upstate educator requests for curriculum-based offerings associated with the study of “manifest destiny.”

The Mexican War pitted a politically divided and militarily unprepared Mexico against the expansionist-minded administration of U.S. President James K. Polk, who believed the United States had a “manifest destiny” to spread across the continent to the Pacific Ocean.

In December 1846, after President Polk’s administration called for volunteers, South Carolina’s Palmetto Regiment was organized, providing ten companies of men from both the professional U.S. army, as well as volunteers. The Regiment received training at the South Carolina Military Academy (now The Citadel), was deployed to Texas and then proceeded south to fight the Mexican Army. The regiment served valiantly in all major battles of the War and The Palmetto Regiment’s flag, introduced at The Citadel, was the first U.S. flag to fly over Mexico City on September 13, 1847.

Featuring original works from the U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command, archival materials, and first- hand accounts, the project will trace the war’s beginnings, its battles, and its conclusion with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo on February 2, 1848.

The Treaty established the Rio Grande as the U.S. – Mexican border. Under the treaty, Mexico also recognized the U.S. annexation of Texas, and agreed to sell present-day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. Over 500,000 square miles, or one-third of Mexico’s territory, became part of the United States as a result of the Mexican War.

Many of the surviving Palmetto Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers returned home and went on to serve less than thirteen years later in the War Between the States.