School Programs

Learning is a trip!

Educational programs are tailored for students in grades K5-12, providing an up-close encounter with the past. Education staff and trained docents take students on a journey through our history. Programs align with South Carolina Social Studies academic standards. The following Time Travel programs are suggested for the standards listed, but are able to be adjusted for your class needs.

Each program consists of two parts:

  • The History Lab provides hands-on experiences that explore historical topics.
  • The Exhibit encourages students to investigate oral histories, artifacts, and primary sources.

Core Programs:

  • Our Community: Investigate artifacts, photographs, and maps illustrating Greenville’s history as we explore how our community has changed with time. (SC Social Studies Standards: 2-1, 2-3, 2-4)
  • Digging Our History: Unearth the connection between archaeology and history with a mini “dig” to find artifacts left behind by Native Americans. (SC Social Studies Standards: 3-1, 3-2, 4-2)
  • Our Stars & Stripes: Compare patriots and loyalists during the American Revolution as we learn about the founding of our nation. Learn the history of our flag, the important battles and key figures from South Carolina. (SC Social Studies Standards: 2-2, 3-3, 4-3)
  • Our Ripple Effect: Explore the history of the Reedy River. Learn how the river was used and abused, and how starting in the 1970’s a group of local environmentalists changed the rivers path for the better. (Available for K-12 with SC Social Studies Standards: K-1, K-4, 2-1, 2-4, 5-3, 5-6)
  • Our Road to Union: Analyze the turbulent times of the mid-1800’s through artifacts and images. Identify the social, political, and fiscal concerns of South Carolina in the years leading up to the Civil War. (SC Social Studies Standards: 3-3, 3-4, 4-3, 4-4, 4-6)
  • Training Our Soldiers: Examine artifacts from World War II to learn more about life on the home front. (SC Social Studies Standards: 3-5, 5-1, 5-3, 5-4, 8-6)
  • Civil Rights: Our Protests & Prayers: Listen to the oral histories of the student activists who lead protests here in Greenville County. Creature brochure biographies of the activists that took a stand against inequality. (SC Social Studies Standards: 5-1, 5-3, 5-5, 8-5, 8-6, 8-7)

Special Exhibit Related Programs:

Special educational programs will accompany the museum’s temporary exhibits during the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

Over the Top: American Posters from WWI (June 17 through September 10, 2017)

  • In 2017 we will commemorate 100 years since the US entry into World War I. Explore the posters that called to Americans asking for their service and sacrifice in this “war to end all wars.” Explore original posters from WWI, while learning the history of America’s home-front involvement in the war effort. In the classroom, students will explore the meaning of the poppy and learn how they can be part of the remembrance movement.

The World of Jan Brett (September 23, 2017 through January 28, 2018)

  • The World of Jan Brett returns to the Upstate with new original artwork from the beloved children’s book author and illustrator. Explore original paintings from her classics as well as her latest picture books. Experience custom interactive play and learning spaces only available at the Upcountry History Museum!

Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage & Screen (October 14, 2017 through February 4, 2018)

  • Experience Hollywood chic firsthand at this exclusive exhibition of Katharine Hepburn’s private collection. With a stage and film career that spanned six decades, Katherine “Kate” Hepburn is an American icon who dazzled on screens and stage with her extraordinary talent, keen sense of contemporary fashion, and fiercely independent spirit. Students will explore the changing role of women in the 20th century through the lens of Hepburn, her works and her life.

Spirited: Prohibition in America (January 27 through March 4, 2018)

  • Travel back in tome to the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation. Explore the movement that led to passing of the 18th Amendment and the events that led to its repeal in 1933. Students will investigate the politics and the culture of the Prohibition Era.

Superheroes & Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross (February 10 through June 3, 2018)

  • Considered one of the greatest artist in the field of comic books, Alex Ross has spent most of his career revitalizing classic superheroes into works of fine art with his brilliant use of watercolor. His paintings revolutionized the comic book industry and transcended the newsstand origins of his profession. Now students can explore his original works while learning the real-life history that inspired and influences the creation of the most beloved superheroes in American culture.

The Power of Children: Making a Difference (April through May, 2018)

  • Explore how children can teach us about overcoming obstacles by delving into the personal life experiences of three extraordinary youths: Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White. This exhibition encourages students to explore issues of isolation, fear, and prejudice throughout the 20th century and today. Programs are available to explore the Holocaust, the Civil Rights Movement, and the AIDS epidemic. All programs connect the past to the present, challenging students to explore complex issues in a safe environment.

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

Can’t find a program that meets your needs? That’s okay, we are happy to discuss specialized programs with teachers. Please email us!


Now Available – On-the-Road Museum Classes!

Planning a visit to the Museum can be a challenge, but now there is a new option! Let us come to you!

On-the-Road programs bring the fun and learning from the Museum straight into your classroom. Programs are one-hour in length and include hands-on history as well as creative activities for students.

Current On-the-Road Classes:macauley_liberty (4)

WWI: Poppies & Propaganda
Commemorate 100 years since the US entered into World War I with a special Museum class for your students. Explore the posters that called to Americans, asking for their service and sacrifice in this “war to end all wars.” Investigate propaganda posters from WWI while exploring language, art and history. Students will also explore the meaning of the poppy and learn how they can be part of the remembrance movement.

Civil Rights: The Power of ProtestsLunchCounter
Examine the protests of 1960’s that took place right here in the Upstate of South Carolina. Learn the role that students played in this national movement that changed America. Using history, students will also explore current events and issues facing Americans today. Through a guided art project student will be given the opportunity to express themselves.


How to Book:

Two week notification is required. Programs are available for children ages 3-18.
Cost – $50 per program of up to 30 children, plus mileage ($0.48 per mile outside of Greenville County). A non-refundable deposit of $1.00 per student is required to confirm the reservation.

To place a reservation for any of these programs or for more information,
please contact Kristen Pace at:

Call – 864-467-3100 x118
Email –

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