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.

2021-2022 AHBC Schedule

January 6, 2022

Dr. Marian Strobel, Edith and Woodrow Wilson: The Crisis of the Presidency, 1919-1921

This lecture discusses the romance and marriage (1915) of Edith and Woodrow Wilson and then moves to the  last two years of the Wilson presidency as he tried to steer America through World War I and then  negotiate a peace in Europe.  The tragedy was that Wilson suffered a major stroke in the early fall of 1919 while campaigning for the ratification of the Treaty of Versailles.   Edith, perhaps on the advice of physicians, took over the reins of power and did not inform government officers (including the Vice-President) of the true nature of her husband’s illness. The story is a fascinating one and raises serious issues about presidential health and accountability.  It also brings into question the viability of the 25th Amendment, ratified in 1967.

March 3, 2022

Dr. Courtney Tollison Hartness, Greenville Women in the Fight for the Vote, 1890-1920

May 5, 2022

Robert Howard, Growing Up with Vietnam