Read of the Week – WWII

The Battle of Tarawa In the Battle of Tarawa (November 20-23, 1943) during World War II (1939-45), the U.S. began its Central Pacific Campaign against Japan by seizing the heavily fortified, Japanese-held island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands. The 18,000 U.S. Marines sent to tiny Betio were expected to easily... Read more »

Best of the Upstate Nominations

Nominate the Upcountry History Museum and Down the Rabbit Hole: Imagining Alice's Wonderland NOW through May 14, 2020. One nomination per email address. Best Exhibit of Past Year  

History of the Week – Greenville’s Civil Rights Movement

  This brief, yet powerful video highlights some of the student activists who led protests here in Greenville County, as they discuss the hardships they overcame in their stand against inequality. The history of Greenville's Civil Rights Movement certainly made an impact on our community, but also effected change across the state and even the... Read more »

Read of the Week – Nathanael Greene

Eulogy on Nathanael Greene New York, July 4, 1789 Eulogium on the late Major General Greene by Alexander Hamilton There is no duty that could have been assigned to me by this Society, which I should execute with greater alacrity than the one I am now called upon to perform. All the motives capable of... Read more »

Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog

The Upcountry History Museum and America’s beloved big red dog with a heart to match will invite visitors to board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford The Big Red Dog. Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog, an interactive, bi-lingual (English and Spanish), exhibition featuring Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all the... Read more »

Ghost Trail: U.S. Marines and the Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific, 1943

August 22, 2020 – January 3, 2021 The November 1943 invasion of the Gilbert Islands was the beginning of the U.S. “island hopping” campaign in the central Pacific during World War II. U.S. commanders determined that amphibious attacks on Japanese-occupied islands was the key to victory. The island of Tarawa was the first target in... Read more »

White Christmas: The Exhibition

Extended - Now Closing February 13, 2021 In December of 1941, seventeen days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Bing Crosby made the first live radio performance of a new song called “White Christmas.” Crosby’s unforgettable voice, singing what would become one of the most iconic Christmas songs ever written, went almost unnoticed in... Read more »

Pigskin Peanuts

January 16 – April 17, 2021 Lucy first pulled the football away from Charlie Brown on November 16, 1952. Known as “The Fall Classic” it became a rite of autumn in American pop culture. The annual “pulling away of the football” was shown nearly every year through the run of the Peanuts comic strip. Artist Charles M.... Read more »