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

September 18, Noon – Tiby Weinstein, AHBC Member, Owner of Gage’s
Topic: History of the United States Post Office
Recommended reading: How the Post Office Created America by Winifred Gallagher; Neither Rain Nor Snow by Devin Leonard

October 19, Evening at the Poinsett Club – Maureen Dowd and Carl Hulse
Topic: Humor and History: Satire’s Role in a Democracy
Recommended reading: The Year of Voting Dangerously by Maureen Dowd
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November 13, Noon – Marian Strobel, Ph.D., History Professor and Chair of the Faculty, Furman University
Topic: The Presidential Campaign of JFK
Recommended reading: The Road to Camelot: JFK’s Five Year Campaign by Thomas Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie

February 12, Noon – Robin Salmon, Vice President of Art and Historical Collections, Brookgreen Gardens
Topic: Brookgreen Gardens
Recommended reading: Sculpture of Brookgreen Gardens by Robin Salmon

March 19, Noon – Kathy McKinney, Attorney, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd
Topic: The Allied Response to the Refugee Crisis in Europe, 1945-1951, A Personal Perspective
Recommended reading: The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War by Ben Shephard; DP’s:Europe’s Displaced Persons, 1945-1951 by Mark Wyman

April 9, Noon – Rod Andrew, Ph.D., History Professor, Clemson University
Topic: General Andrew Pickens
Recommended reading: The Life and Times of General Andrew Pickens: Revolutionary War Hero, American Founder By Dr. Rod Andrew, Jr.