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.

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)

Special Exhibit Related Programs:

Special educational program will accompany the museum’s temporary exhibits during the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

  • Over the Top: American Posters from WWI-  In 2017 we will commemorate 100 years since the US entry into World War I. Explore the posters that called to Americans asking for their service and sacrifice in this “war to end all wars.” Explore original posters from WWI, while learning the history of America’s home-front involvement in the war effort. In the classroom, students will explore the meaning of the poppy and learn how they can be part of the remembrance movement. (June 17 through September 10, 2017)
  • Spirited: Prohibition in America- Travel back in tome to the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation. Explore the movement that led to passing of the 18th Amendment and the events that led to its repeal in 1933. Students will investigate the politics and the culture of the Prohibition Era(January 27 through March 4, 2018)
  • Superheroes & Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross- Considered one of the greatest artist in the field of comic books, Alex Ross has spent most of his career revitalizing classic superheroes into works of fine art with his brilliant use of watercolor. His paintings revolutionized the comic book industry and transcended the newsstand origins of his profession. Now students can explore his original works while learning the real-life history that inspired and influences the creation of the most beloved superheroes in American culture. (February 10 through June 3, 2018)
  • The Power of Children: Making a Difference- Explore how children can teach us about overcoming obstacles by delving into the personal life experiences of three extraordinary youths: Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White. This exhibition encourages students to explore issues of isolation, fear, and prejudice throughout the 20th century and today. Programs are available to explore the Holocaust, the Civil Rights Movement, and the AIDS epidemic. All programs connect the past to the present, challenging students to explore complex issues in a safe environment.  (April through May 2018)

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.