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.

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 environmentalist 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-1800s 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 led protests here in Greenville County. Create 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)
  • NEW The Meaning of Money: Explore the changing role of currency throughout American History. Through playful games students will explore trade and barter, earnings, savings and spending, rationing and more. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Bank of Travelers Rest.
    (Available for K-12)


Special Exhibit Related Programs:

Special educational program will accompany the museum’s temporary exhibits during the 2018-2019 Academic Year.

Picturing Nam: U.S. Military Photography of the Vietnam War

The exhibition from the National Archives is divided into three themes: Landscapes, Objects, and Faces, including over 40 photographs and murals. Learn about the job of military photographers, the history of the Vietnam War, and the impact and change this war effected upon American society and culture. ON DISPLAY NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 21, 2018.






Answering the Call: From Recruit to the Front Lines of WWI

This artifact-rich exhibit will present an overview of the influence “the Great War” had on the course of history, as well as some of the notable advancements made to the modern world as result. Your students will gain an understanding of the everyday life of the American Doughboy, as well as the roles played by African Americans and women during the “war to end all wars.”  AUGUST 25, 2018 – JUNE 2, 2019





Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice

Travel back in time to the Age of  the Dinosaurs, as this interactive exhibition will help to expand the understanding of dinosaurs and their habitats. Featuring three distinct sections, this bilingual exhibit will build on a child’s innate curiosity  about dinosaurs as they explore a warm dinosaur habitat, cold dinosaur habitat, and a field research station. A Dinosaurs field trip will cover history, science and ELA standards. SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 – JANUARY 27, 2019





Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without The Peanuts gang. The traveling exhibit from the Charles M. Schulz Museum will help you and your students celebrate the holidays in true Peanuts-style. Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! invites visitors to enter the world of Charlie Brown along with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this holiday classic. Featuring artwork, objects, and videos, children will also enjoy hands-on learning as they actively participate in this cheerfully fun field trip.  NOVEMBER 3, 2018 – FEBRUARY 10, 2019








Mac Conner: The Original Mad Man

Between 1940 and 1960, before advancements in print technology and the proliferation of photography, ad companies relied on illustrators, “Ad Men,” to give their brands a visual identity. Ad Men to Mad Men: The Art of Influence invites visitors to the explore the 1960s and experience America’s “creative revolution” through two innovative exhibitions: The Original Mad Man and Mad Men Fashion: Costumes from the Mad Men Television Series.  FEBRUARY 9 – MAY 12, 2019











Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Explore writer illustrator Jerry Pinkney’s connection with literature and his creation of images that brings life to a story. Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings explores the artist’s engagement with literature, his legacy of creating powerful images, the joy of reading and sharing stories, and even enjoy playing in the companion interactive exhibit designed for children.  FEBRUARY 23 – MAY 26, 2019









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.