Field Trips

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.




  • 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)



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


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




The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner

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. The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner invites visitors to the explore the 1960s and experience America’s “creative revolution.” 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
Or 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 the 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.