Upcoming Exhibits

 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.

Sponsors: Duke Energy, Becky & Bobby Hartness, and Greater Greenville Association of RealtorsLARS


Katharine Hepburn. ca. 1930s

Katharine Hepburn. ca. 1930s

Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen

October 14, 2017 – January 14, 2018

The Upcountry History Museum will bring Hollywood chic to the Upstate as it hosts the Katharine Hepburn-Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibition.

With a stage and film career that spanned six decades, Katharine “Kate” Hepburn is an American icon who dazzled silver screen, television, and theater audiences with her extraordinary talent, keen sense of contemporary fashion, and fiercely independent spirit.

This exclusive exhibition of Hepburn’s private collection will make its Southeastern United States debut in Greenville, South Carolina. Featuring over 35 free-standing costumes worn in 21 films and 6 stage productions spanning Hepburn’s illustrious career, the 2500 square foot project will be the first major costume exhibition in the Upstate South Carolina.

Hepburn’s sixty-year career is further highlighted through the display of costumes worn for publicity shots and in private life; including Hepburn’s signature look, an ensemble of tailored beige trousers and linen jackets. Also on exhibit are film stills, photographs, posters, playbills and related objects.

In addition to introducing visitors to the renowned actress, role model, and fashion icon, the project also showcases some of the best costume designers of the time. Valentina, Howard Greer, Cecil Beaton, and Jane Greenwood, who designed stage costume for Hepburn; Walter Plunkett, Irene, Muriel King, Edith Head and Margaret Furse, who designed her film costumes.

Katharine Hepburn is the most honored actress in the history of American film, with four Academy Awards for Best Actress and eight other Academy Award nominations. Hepburn’s “star power” appeal, the allure of fashion, the mystique of Hollywood, and the exhibit’s proven success in drawing large audiences both nationally and internationally ensures both local and out-of-town attendance.

On loan from Kent State University Museum, the project will include a Red Carpet Chic opening event, and an extensive list of
related programming.