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 standards. The following Time Travel programs are suggested for the grades 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.









Special educational programming will accompany the Museum’s temporary exhibits during the 2019-2020 Academic Year.


Love a Vet: Honoring our Military Veterans

Designed for middle and high school-age campers, this program will encourage visitors to appreciate the sacrifices made by veterans and their families while educating them on the challenging issues that veterans face upon their re-entry into civilian life.

JULY 6, 2019-  JANUARY 5, 2020.

Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost


Under the Arctic will invite visitors to explore real Ice Age fossils, ancient ice cores, climate change, and engineering challenges posed by thawing permafrost. This immersive STEM exhibition transports visitors to the Arctic using the sights and smells of the world’s only permafrost research tunnel. Under the Arctic has a special emphasis on reaching audiences ages 9-14, as they step into the shoes of climate science researchers and learn about many, diverse STEM-based careers.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 – JANUARY 12, 2020


Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined

Throughout the nineteenth century as Americans pushed west toward the Pacific, they were fascinated by westward expansion in North America. Printed imagery played an important role in the dissemination of knowledge and understanding about the West and its inhabitants. Imprinting the West explores the potent imagery of 48 works of art that examine westward expansion. Whether real or imagined, these images and the exhibition examine the birth of the West as an idea in American popular culture.

AUGUST 31, 2019 – FEBRUARY 16, 2020

The Night Before Christmas: The Illustrations of Charles Santore

Step into the pages of The Night Before Christmas through full-size wall murals, displays of 19th century children’s toys, holiday trimmings and an extraordinary dollhouse from the Museum’s permanent collection. You will be transported back in time through an exhibit that features the detail-rich watercolor paintings of renowned illustrator Charles Santore. His unique style fills the images with wreaths, stockings, flying reindeer, and, of course, Saint Nick, all while bringing to life the warmth and spirit of this treasured narrative. 

NOVEMBER 2, 2019- FEBRUARY 2, 2020

Coming Soon! The Amazing Castle

For more information about school visits, click here.

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

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

Can’t make the trip? Let us come to you! Click here for more information on our brand new On-the-Road program!

Need help with school visit funding? Ask about our school scholarships. Limited funding is available to assist with admission and transportation.