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 info@upcountryhistory.org for more information.

Renew your UHM membership to remain on the AHBC mailing list. Call 864-467-3100 to check on your membership status or renew online.


Harry Truman:  Ordinary Man, Extraordinary Leader
Monday, January 18th at noon

Harry Truman had no college degree and was derisively called “the man from Pendergast.” His Gallup Poll approval rating in Feb, 1952, was 22%, an historic low.  Yet, in a ranking of American presidents by 20 organizations such as the Wall Street Journal and the Brookings Institute and historians such as Arthur Schlesinger, Harry Truman ranks as high as #5 and no lower than #9 in the lists.   This presentation will discuss the experiences of this ordinary man that led up to his “accidental presidency” and the decisions as President that caused him to be ranked so high.

The speaker will be George Fletcher.  He was born in Independence, MO and his talk will include points where his family touched the Trumans.

George was most recently the at-large representative on Greenville City Council.  Prior to that he was Executive Director of the SC Council on Competitiveness and president of several engineering companies in Greenville.  He has been recognized as the Greenville Business Person of the Year (Greenville Magazine) and SC Engineer of the Year (National Society of Professional Engineers.)


To secure your virtual reservation please register by contacting the front desk at 864-467-3100 or info@upcountryhistory.org or clicking the link below for online registration. 

Reminder:  You must register by 5:00 pm, Saturday, January 16 to receive your link on Monday.  UHM is closed for the MLK holiday on Monday, Jan. 18th and will not be available for ticketing.

Details on accessing the virtual program will be sent to all registrants by 10:00am January 18th.

Questions regarding the virtual program may be directed to the Upcountry History Museum at 864-467-3100 or info@upcountryhistory.org.