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 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.

AHBC Past Schedules

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An Evening with Maureen Dowd

An Evening with

 Maureen Dowd
with Carl Hulse

Humor and History:
Satire’s Role in Democracy

Thursday, October 19, 2017
7:00 p.m.

The Poinsett Club
807 East Washington Street, Greenville

$50 per Person
RSVP to or call 864-294-3777

Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd is the Washington Correspondent for The New York Times. She won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary. She is the author of two New York Times best sellers: Bushworld and Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide.

Carl Hulse

Carl Hulse is Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times.

Thanks to the generous donations of American History Book Club Members and guests, Furman University has awarded the first Huff Scholars awards. Read more about the two selected for the awards: FURMAN17-18 Huff Scholarship.



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