American History Book Club & Forum


Founded in 2008 for members of the Upcountry History Museum, the American History Book Club & Forum provides opportunities for the intellectually curious to explore their passion for American History through the written and spoken presentations of great writers and historians. The Club is dedicated to creating interest in our nation’s cultural, economic and political history, to inspiring appreciation for enlightened traditions of the American experience and to advancing the United States’ distinctive leadership role in the world community.

The only requirement is to be a Museum Member. Please ask to be added to the AHBC mailing list when purchasing your Museum membership.  Email info@upcountryhistory.org for more information.


Unless indicated otherwise, programs will be at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman University.

CANCELED – September 17, Noon – Lee Gordon Brockington, Hobcaw Barony
Topic: Hobcaw Barony
Recommended reading: Baroness of Hobcaw: The Life of Belle W. Baruch by Mary E. Miller
Lunch: Chicken Davian, field green salad with fruit, mini gingerbread muffins, and lemon meringue pie

The Sept. 17th program has been canceled due to complications from Hurricane Florence. The program will be rescheduled for a future date. All lunch reservations from the 17th will be applied to the rescheduled program.

October 25, Evening at the Poinsett Club – Douglas Brinkley, Ph.D., History Professor, Rice University, CNN Presidential Historian
Topic: Highs and Lows of the American Presidency: Past, Present and Future
Recommended reading: The American Presidents Series by Douglas Brinkley
Program at 6:00 pm at the Poinsett Club – Tickets are $50 per person

To purchase tickets please contact Nancy Liebezeit at 864-294-2173 or at nancy.liebezeit@furman.edu.

November 12, Noon – Janet Hudson, Ph.D., Historian
Topic: Reform in World War I Era South Carolina
Recommended reading: Reform in World War I Era South Carolina by Dr. Janet Hudson
Lunch: Chicken and rice casserole,deviled eggs, green pea salad, rolls, and brownies

Make your reservation.

February 11, Noon – Marion “Sunshine” Norwood, AHBC Member
Topic: Seabrook’s Oak Island at War, A Personal History
Recommended reading: Soldiers, Sailors, Slaves, and Ships: The Civil War Photographs of Henry P. Moore by Jeffery Bolster and Hilary Anderson
Lunch: Stuffed pasta shells with meat sauce, antipasto salad, rolls, and a Valentine’s Day dessert

Make your reservation.

March 6, Noon – Judge Richard Gergel, United States District Judge
Topic: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Following Trial
Recommended reading: Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring by Judge Richard Gergel
Note: There will be no lunch available with this program

March 11, Noon – Alec Taylor, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Furman University
Topic: Eisenhower and McCarthy
Recommended reading: Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign Against Joseph McCarthy by David A. Nichols
Lunch: Beef stroganoff with mixed green salad and rolls, followed by pear salad dessert

Make your reservation.

April 8, Noon – Tom Lee, AHBC Member, and Brock Jackson, U.S. Air Force, Retired
Topic: Donaldson Air Force Base and the Cold War
Recommended reading: Deep Freeze by Rear Admiral George J. Dufek
Lunch: Trio salad plate including fresh chicken salad, pasta salad, and broccoli salad, rolls, and lemon bars

Make your reservation.

Please note: Lunch orders must be paid for in advance and must be placed the Wednesday prior to the program date by request of the caterer. Lunch orders are non-refundable.