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Down the Rabbit Hole: Imagining Alice’s Wonderland

June 15, 2019 – October 20, 2019

The Upcountry History Museum in partnership with Walt Disney Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Walt Disney Family Museum, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Daura Gallery at Lynchburg College, and renowned artist Charles Santore, will invite visitors to fall down the rabbit hole to discover an immersive enchanted world that draws together a remarkable collection of original Alice In Wonderland materials.

Inspired by real events and a real child, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was dreamt up on a summer’s day in 1862, by Charles Ludwidge Dodgson, who later assumed the pen name Lewis Carroll. It is said that Carroll’s Alice books were the origin of all later children’s literature. In Alice, for the first time, readers found a realistic child taking part in a story whose intention was entirely fun. Both children and adults loved them at once, and 157 years’ later have never stopped doing so. It was not only Lewis Carroll’s words that captured readers’ imaginations; John Tenniel’s illustrations brought the story to life and remain in our collective consciousness to this day. Tenniel’s artwork provided the original image of Alice along with the amazing characters that she met in Wonderland.

Down the Rabbit Hole: Imagining Alice’s Wonderland, a 1,200 square foot exhibition, organized by the Upcountry History Museum, will explore the kaleidoscope of artistic re-imaginings of Alice from the 1860s to the present. Original Alice paintings, drawings, illustrations, set designs, puppets, film costumes and props will reflect diverse artistic interpretations. From Tenniel’s original Victorian illustrations to costumes, props and sets from Walt Disney Pictures Academy Award winning live action film Alice in Wonderland, the exhibition will examine multiple perspectives of one of literature’s greatest paradoxes that continues to inspire imagination, creativity, and discussion. Rich with visual interpretation, the exhibit will take visitors on Alice’s journey through the cultural, technological and societal shifts that have compelled artists, filmmakers and fans to return to the Alice tales again and again.

Sponsored by: WSPA News Channel 7


Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails!

May 25, 2019 – September 8, 2019

What began in a young boy’s imagination in 1911, evolved into a bedtime story, a long running book series, one of the most successful children’s television programs of all time, and an international traveling exhibition. Today Thomas & Friends reaches 110 million households across the United States and an even larger audience through internet streaming, DVDs, and toys.

Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails, an interactive, bi-lingual (English and Spanish) exhibition featuring the favorite engines, characters, and destinations of this beloved children’s classic, will delight Upstate fans when it makes a stop at the Upcountry History Museum, May 25 – September 8, 2019.

Designed by HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. Fisher Price, the 1500 square foot immersive exhibit combines hands-on learning with important concepts in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), with an emphasis on developing 21st century skills. These ideas are woven and layered throughout the exhibit, creating an experience that speaks to a diversity of interests, age groups and learning styles.

Visitors will find themselves on the Island of Sodor surrounded by iconic locations, including Knapford Station and the Sodor Steamworks. Large interactive models of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, combined with STEAM challenges, remind children ages 2 through 7 and their caregivers, how “really useful” we all are.

With the series’ major characters being modes of transportation, the world of Thomas is a launch pad for STEAM exploration. STEAM-based learning is visible as children identify problems, ask questions, seek answers, and explore tools and materials. Selling tickets and fixing the train schedule, building train routes, fixing Percy’s wobbly wheels and loading him encourage children to think about the technology and creativity behind steam engines.

The exhibit’s combination of STEAM-based learning and timeless lessons – bolstered by the series’ enduring popularity and multi-generation appeal –support adult/child engagement and a child’s growth in 21st century skills laying a foundation for success in school, work and life.

Sponsored by: Prisma Health, WSPA News Channel 7, Spinx, Quality Business Solutions, C&S Family of Companies, Publix Charities, and the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors


Upcoming Exhibits

Love a Vet: Honoring Our Military Veterans

July 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Since its inception in 1983, the Upcountry History Museum has committed to honoring the sacrifices, courage, and patriotism of the men and women who have worn a military uniform. Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating the legacy and dignity of all United States military veterans,
the museum shares the stories of America’s conflicts.

The Museum annually honors those who served and their families through military exhibitions, recording and preserving local veteran’s oral histories, participating in the national Blue Star Museum program, delivering military history lectures, and hosting Veteran’s Day and Armed Forces Day events.

The Museum, in partnership with the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation and the 52 Reasons to Love A Vet charitable organization, will host the national traveling exhibition Love A Vet: Honoring Our Veterans, July 6,
2019 – January 5, 2020.

Through art and artifacts the Love A Vet exhibition, and its related programming, will encourage the public to appreciate the sacrifices made by veterans and their families and educate on the challenging issues that
veterans face upon their re-entry into civilian life.

The exhibit features 40 paintings, drawings, and prints by a diverse group of contemporary illustrators; many of whom have been involved in the military themselves. Nationally recognized artists represented in the exhibit include Gail Anderson, art director for Rolling Stone magazine; Steve Brodner, political cartoonist; and Mike Wimmer, illustrator for Disney’s Lion King. Upstate artist Tina LeMay, is featured in the exhibition. A Clemson University Alum and Creative Director for Student Affairs at Clemson University, LeMay’s contribution to the exhibition is dedicated to the sacrifices made by military personnel and their families.

The Love A Vet project was founded by Ella Rue, an award-winning graphic designer and artist, whose son is a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghan wars. Ms. Rue established the 52 Reasons to Love a Vet nonprofit and its
companion traveling exhibition to generate awareness and to help veterans further their education and assist with medical, dental, or mental health resources following their return home.

A primary goal of the project is to raise an additional $10,000 specifically for underwriting museum admission for veterans, active duty military personnel and their families during the exhibit’s 6-month display.

Sponsored by: 3M, Lockheed Martin, and WSPA News Channel 7


Call of Loan or Donation of Objects

Do you have a treasure in your attic? The Upcountry History Museum – Furman University is actively collecting artifacts related to the history of the Upcountry and upcoming special exhibitions. Please contact the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University regarding the possible loan or donation of objects and memorabilia via email at info@upcountryhistory.org.