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 19, Noon – Joseph Crespino, Ph.D., Jimmy Carter Professor & History Department Chair, Emory University
Topic: Former SC Governor and Longtime U.S. Senator – Strom Thurmond
Recommended reading: Strom Thurmond’s America by Dr. Joseph Crespino


October 5, Evening at the Poinsett Club – David Brooks, New York Times Best Selling Author
Topic: Power, Politics, & Character: The Election of the American President
Recommended reading: The Road to Character by David Brooks
For more information please contact:
Nancy Liebezeit at 864-294-2173 or


February 13, Noon – Diane Vecchio, Ph.D.,  Professor and History Department Chair, Furman University
Topic: The Pellagra Scourge
Recommended reading: TBA


March 20, Noon – Kathryn Smith
Topic: Marguerite “Missy” LeHand, FDR’s de facto chief of staff
Recommended reading: The Gatekeeper by Kathryn Smith


May 1, Noon – Harry Lee Poe, Ph.D., Charles Colson University Professor of Faith and Culture, Union University
Topic: The Real Edgar Allan Poe
Recommended reading: Evermore: Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery of the Universe By Dr. Harry Lee Poe

AHBC Past Schedules

Schedules back to 2008.

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