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A friend called me yesterday concerning giving to the Upcountry History museum so it can be finished. I really haven't been very involved or paid much attention. I know the outside of the building looks great. He gave me the link to their website and I just checked it out. Very nice! :thumbsup: Looks like a great addition to the Greenville cultural scene.

http://www.upcountryhistory.org

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I am eagerly awaiting the opening of the museum. I do think it will be a great addition to downtown. But as you may have already noticed, I'm a sucker for history.

gsusptate, you should get on their mailing list. You'll recieve the quarterly newsletter which has updates on the status.

The Court Square tour I attended last month was a benefit for the museum. Hopefully they will have more events like that in the future.

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Some good articles on the museum in this weeks Journal. This should be a great addition to HG, which should really begin to take off when the BJ extension and Childrens museums open.

I still say this part of DT will suffer until the area accross the st from HG is completely redeveloped, from Enterprise all the way down at least to the fork. The Cline buildings have to go!

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Tied in with the grand openinig of the museum, will be the Heritage Green History Festival including exhibits and vendors.....food vendors.....a children's play area sponsored by Mast General......military display area of historic jeeps, cannons, uniforms, etc......pottery turning.......Open Book will be selling books about Upstate history.....Greenville Drive will showcase Shoeless Joe......etc. Sounds like a very sizable event. If you haven't seen this past Thursday's Journal, pick it up. It has color photos of the interior of the History Museum and WOW.....this project has been detailed brilliantly! The front page shows a perfectly detailed replica of the County Courthouse. Really well done. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

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Did anyone else make it to the ribbon cutting ceremony this morning? There was a nice crowd, and tons of activities. The museum is small, but nice. The free tours weren't long enough to see everything, so I will have to return soon. :D

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WOW!!!!! That is the first word I have to describe this place. This will be the starting point for all visitor tours I provide my guests from now on. The interior of the museum is visually stunning and has so much information packed inside that it would take a person virtually all day to read, listen to, and watch every detail provided. I am completely floored by the impressive level of quality produced in this place. $5 is absolutely nothing when you look at the wealth of knowledge received before leaving the building. My favorite part is the pair of videos highlighting the special international influence we have been blessed with in the past couple of decades. This museum is a must-see all the way! :wub:

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That is indeed an incredible price! Thanks for your first-hand review, Skyliner.

I just looked at the website and at the top is a map. I never knew that Spartanburg used to be spelled with an H (Spartanburgh). Learn something new everyday, I guess. Does someone know when that was changed/the time period this map would be from?

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^I think a lot of towns that end in -burg used to originally have the "h" at the end, including Orangeburg. Most of them subsequently dropped it (a notable exception would be Pittsburgh).

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^I think a lot of towns that end in -burg used to originally have the "h" at the end, including Orangeburg. Most of them subsequently dropped it (a notable exception would be Pittsburgh).

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I made it out to the History museum for the first time this past Saturday. I thought I would see everything there in one stop, but there is enough there for several visits.

Greenville's museum doesn't have the history to draw upon, or the number of artifacts that either the Charleston or Atlanta History museums have, but Greenville's presentation and facility is certainly as nice as their's.

I came away impressed with the room set aside for educational facilities (at least three large lecture halls), the 'Main Street' area, especially the little church, and the frontier section. The facility is not showing a lot of original artifacts right now, but more than makes up for that with the quality of the displays and how they present the history of the region. And of course anything left out, can make its way to the temporary exhibit room, which has a display on textiles right now.

The staff was helpful and knowledgeable and I found out that many artifacts are stored in the basement, which I didn't know existed.

Lots of history museums become static places, that never really change over time, but I get the feeling that this place is as much an educational institution as it is a place to view artifacts and displays.

So as soon as the Bob Jones Gallery opens, I can see the facility becoming a one stop intellectual stop for an entire day's worth of activities. I hope that the little cafes in the Library, Museum and future Discovery place can handle future needs.

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On my way to and from Charlotte today, I noticed a couple of billboards in Cherokee County advertising the museum. It may have been for a certain exhibit, I'm not sure. Either way though, I was rather surprised, but very excited, to see them trying to sell this to the entire area that it represents. I hope some of the farther flung places will come check it out.

So, in conclusion, I would say that the marketing folks must be doing a decent job trying to reach people, if they're advertising well on the other side of Spartanburg. :dontknow: Just thought I'd share.

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On my way to and from Charlotte today, I noticed a couple of billboards in Cherokee County advertising the museum. It may have been for a certain exhibit, I'm not sure. Either way though, I was rather surprised, but very excited, to see them trying to sell this to the entire area that it represents. I hope some of the farther flung places will come check it out.

So, in conclusion, I would say that the marketing folks must be doing a decent job trying to reach people, if they're advertising well on the other side of Spartanburg. :dontknow: Just thought I'd share.

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