Education

Our Time Travels Program offers students hands-on activities in our Museum Classroom and in-depth tours in related exhibit areas.

Your students will step into the Museum and be immersed in a particular period of history.  On their field trip, students can:

  • hear one of our life figures share their story of life in the Upcountry
  • work with interactive exhibits to discover the past
  • put their heads and hands to work
  • share their discoveries with one another

The Museum provides a variety of programs designed to meet state Social Studies standards for specific grade levels. Our school field trips help teachers reinforce classroom learning and offer a unique, hands-on experience.

School programs last approximately 90 minutes.

We offer programs for summer youth groups beginning in June and through August.

Museum Tour Only

The Education Department also provides full Museum tours that do not include a classroom program.  Please allow approximately 90 minutes for a full tour.            [30 student maximum]

To schedule a visit, please contact Kristen Pace.
Call: 864-467-3100 x118
Or email: kristen@upcountryhistory.org

Need help with school visit funding?
Ask about our school scholarships!

Limited funding is available to assist
with admission and transportation.

Teacher Resources

Field TripDear Teachers,

Whether you are planning a lesson for your classroom or preparing for a trip to the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University, our materials will provide content information and ideas for student engagement. Thank you for all that you do for our community’s youth, and please let us know how the Museum can help you.

Sincerely,
UHM Program Staff

Resources and Recommended Reading Lists

UHM Oral History Archives

American Revolution Recommended Reading

Civil War Recommended Reading

Classroom Activities

Our Community: Then And Now Classroom Activity

WWII The Atomic Bomb Classroom Activity

 

Rubrics

Make the most out of your school visit by turning your museum worksheets and activities into grade-able assignments. Use these rubrics specifically designed to help you evaluate your students on their work from the Museum. Coming soon!

Museum Visit Evaluation

We value your ideas and opinions as educators. If you have recently visited the Museum, we would appreciate your feedback. Please take a moment to complete this short survey and help us improve our offerings for the future!

UHM Scavenger Hunt

Visiting the Upcountry History Museum with students/children? Print out a scavenger hunt to help you explore the Museum. Please remember to use pencils when writing in the galleries. Enjoy!

General Museum Scavenger Hunt

Letter Hunt

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School Programs

We offer structured programs to students in grades K5-12!

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Homeschool Days

Learn about all our dynamic Homeschool programs, offered the third Thursday and Friday of the month beginning in September.

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Traveling Trunks

We offer Traveling Trunks to aid in your school curriculum!

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Scouts

The Upcountry History Museum offers a variety of hands-on workshops to help your troop/den complete the necessary requirements for badges, belt loops and pins. Make your reservations today!

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Smithsonian Secretary's Youth Advisory Council

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Be a part of the national conversation
about the future of museums.
Join the Smithsonian Secretary’s
Youth Advisory Council!

Program Overview

In 2016, Secretary David Skorton established the Smithsonian Secretary’s Youth Advisory Council as a way for the Smithsonian to gain advice from young people in the Washington, D.C., community and insight on how well it resonates with area youth. Now, our local youth have the opportunity to participate through the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate.

The Smithsonian Secretary’s Youth Advisory Council ensures that the thoughts and ideas of the young people in our community help guide the important work we do at the Institution. By giving feedback directly to Smithsonian leadership on our programming and how we engage visitors, we can better involve this important group, and ensure we are doing all that we can to meet their needs.

“They taught me much, not only about their individual perspectives on the world of cultural institutions in general, but about their collective view of what Smithsonian leaders and staff can and will learn from a dedicated set of teen advisors.” ~ Dr. Skorton on outcomes of the SSYAC 2016-2017 first cohort.

Teen Eligibility Requirements:

  • Age: 16-18 (Note: 16 and 17 year olds will need parent/guardian permission to apply and participate)
  • Location: Students must be able to travel to the Upcountry History Museum (540 Buncombe Street, Greenville 29601) for each meeting
  • Education: Must be enrolled full-time in high school as either a Junior or Senior

Basic Selection Criteria:

Teens who have a background or interest in the arts, humanities and/or sciences is a plus, and:

  • A general knowledge and understanding of the Smithsonian Institution (http://www.si.edu/) or their Smithsonian Affiliate;
  • An ability to articulate ideas and solutions regarding teen issues and concerns;
  • The ability to interact constructively with peers in a group setting;
  • The ability to fulfill commitments;
  • The ability to engage in community outreach with diverse populations;
  • An interest in developing leadership skills; and
  • An interest and motivation to volunteer their time with the Smithsonian Institution.

How to apply:

Complete the online application by August 25. Email your essay to Elizabeth Gunter, Director of Education and Programs, Elizabeth@UpcountryHistory.org, by August 25.
Essay: In a short 1-2 page essay, please tell us about yourself by answering the following:

  1. Why are you interested in being a part of the SSYAC?
  2. List 3-5 of your top interests (could be school subjects, extra-curricular activities, hobbies); and
  3. List 3-5 of your favorite musicians, artists, writers, thinkers, scientists, or leaders (local or global).

Final candidates will be required to come to the Upcountry History Museum for an in person interview the week of August 28th. The Museum will be selecting 2 teens to participate in this inaugural SSYAC National Program.

Roles and Responsibilities of SSYAC National Members:

  1. Provide youth perspectives to the head of the Smithsonian (The Secretary) through active meeting participation and email exchanges.
  2. Attend four in-person meetings at their local Affiliates, which will link through video technology to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.:
     Wednesday, September 27, 2017 4:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
     Wednesday, November 8, 2017 4:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
     Wednesday, February 7, 2018 4:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
     Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
    Anticipated Program Schedule:
    3:45 p.m.—4:00 p.m. EST Teens arrive at Affiliate museum
    4:00 p.m.—4:45 p.m. EST Tour or Activity—jointly with teens in D.C.
    4:45 p.m.—5:00 p.m. EST Food/Snack Break
    5:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. EST Dialogue/Meeting with Secretary (virtually)
  3. Engage in discussions* with the Secretary about issues and questions related to the theme of “Technology and Dialogue”:
     Opening a conversation and creating dialogues about big issues between the public and museums
     Use of leading digital/electronic technology in museums
     Why in-person museum visits are important and how the Smithsonian can reach 1 billion visitors
     How should museums address conflicts (such as hate speech) with the public
    [* Topics are subject to change based upon current events when meetings convene]
  4. Complete mini-projects and assignments between meetings which includes thinking critically about a proposed idea or issue, researching it, and preparing a short response to share with the group.
  5. Complete an online Orientation to the program.
  6. Complete the Registration Process in SOLAA.
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Summer Programs

Special programs for day cares and summer camps!

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