Upcoming Exhibits

 Answering the Call: South Carolina’s Palmetto Regiment and the Mexican War, 1846-1848

Opening 2017

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.


Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!

June 3, 2017 – September 24, 2017

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.


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, as well as the founding of the Upstate South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross. 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.

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.

The National American Red Cross served during WWI with distinction looking after the needs of soldiers and civilians in war zones and at home. Providing nurses, delivering care packages, organizing ambulances, training dogs to search for the wounded and establishing veteran’s hospitals the Red Cross was also tasked with raising monies for these projects. Through the introduction of the War Fund and Roll Call campaigns, the Red Cross raised approximately $250,000,000 during the two-years of the war.

In 1917, the Upstate South Carolina American Red Cross Chapter joined the national war effort to provide support and comfort both locally and abroad. The Upcountry History Museum in association with the Upstate SC Chapter and the National American Red Cross are developing a companion exhibition to commemorate the contributions and history of the Upstate Chapter.