Museum Happenings

“Spirited: Prohibition in America” Opens with a Speakeasy from the Roaring Twenties

Thank you to all our members and guests who got into the “spirit” of the Speakeasy event on Friday, January 26. The costumes were wonderful, the music lively, and the liquor tasting from Dark Corner Distillery was delicious. Didn’t make it out to the party? Have no fear, the roaring twenties will be in full swing at the Museum through March 16 in “Spirited: Prohibition in America.”

See photos from the event!


Jan Brett Visit the Upcountry History Museum

Thank you to everyone who came out on November 30 to meet Jan Brett. We were so excited to show her the play space we created based on her books, thanks to a generous donation from Duke Energy.

See photos from the event!

Dana Thorpe Photo

Museum’s CEO to Serve as National Judge

Dana Thorpe, Chief Executive Officer of the Upcountry History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, has been selected by the Costume Society of America to serve as a judge for the 44th Annual Meeting and National Symposium’s Innovative Showcase Design Exhibition March 13-16, 2018, in Williamsburg, VA.

Read more: Media Release – D Thorpe National Judge.docx

smithsonian-logo-TCAUpcountry History Museum one of only five national museums selected Smithsonian program

The Upcountry History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, has been selected as one of only five national Smithsonian Affiliates to participate in the expansion of the Smithsonian Secretary’s Youth Advisory Council (SSYAC).

Read more about the program and the local students involved: SSYAC_MEDIA RELEASE.docx


Upcountry History Museum’s CEO to Moderate National Panel

Dana Thorpe, Chief Executive Officer of the Upcountry History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, will serve as moderator of the panel discussion “Traveling Exhibitions: Museums Making New Connections” at the National Humanities Conference on November 3, 2017, in Boston, MA.

Read more: Media Release_D Thorpe conf moderator

KristinaUpcountry History Museum Welcomes New Curator!

Kristina Hornback has been hired as the new Curator of Collections of the Upcountry History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate. As curator, Hornback is responsible for the documentation, expansion, interpretation, care and preservation of the Museum’s permanent collection, as well as the use of historic objects in exhibitions, programs, publications and other formats that present the story of South Carolina’s Upcountry. In addition, she serves as part of the Museum’s exhibition team assisting in the planning, research and content development for the overall exhibition program.

Read more about Kristina: Media Release _NEW Hire-Hornback

DSC_2311Members Enjoy Exhibit Preview

Friday, October 13 was a lucky day for the Museum. We welcomed close to 150 Museum members to a preview party of “Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen.” With delicious dishes by Chef360, a classic car parade in front of the Museum, and gallery talks with curator Jean Dreusedow, the evening was a true success.

See photos from the party!


mills.300dpi_1Fall Flavor

Thank you to all who made the 2017 Fall Flavor historic dining experience a success. Proceeds from the event benefit the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate. Special thanks to our sponsors: Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey G. Lawson, Mr. and Mrs. James S. Whitten, and Southern First Bank. And our deepest appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Mills for opening their beautiful home to the community for the evening.

See photos of our 2017 Fall Flavor event.

See photos of our 2016 event.

Save the date: Fall Flavor, September 27, 2018!