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Spartanburg History Hub Happenings for November and December

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Wow it looks like the folks in Spartanburg are going to be busy! There are quite a few happenings coming up related to the History Hub and the historical society. Wow – kudos to them for having so many interesting and engaging events ongoing!

First up is Thursday the 18th…

The next meeting of the Spartanburg History Hub is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 7:00 pm in the East Wing Conference Room of the Chapman Cultural Center. (That’s the wing which houses Ballet Spartanburg, The Music Foundation, and the Science Center. Go upstairs to the Science Center and turn right just before the Center’s doors. We’ll have signs.)

There is no charge for attending meetings of the Spartanburg History Hub and we’ll wrap up promptly at 8:00 pm. There will be the opportunity for introductions and brief announcements. Feel free to bring fliers or brochures so you can give a short announcement and interested parties can pick up the detailed information afterward. Mark Anthony will be giving the history of the American Revolution in 38 Flags (and in 30 minutes)! Don’t miss this amazing feat!

The Spartanburg History Hub is a network of individuals and organizations committed to the preservation and promotion of any aspect of Spartanburg History. Each of us involved with history has a unique set of skills, experiences, and resources related to preserving and promoting history. If we combine our strengths, we will take Spartanburg County’s history community to the next level which will benefit us as well as our communities at large. This Hub is designed to bring people and organizations with a commitment to Spartanburg County history together to share what they’re doing, hear what others are doing, and facilitate learning and collaboration. The Hub won’t work if you don’t come!

Also Thursday Afternoon…
On Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 4 pm, the History and Politics Department at Converse College will host a talk by Joseph McGill, Jr..

You have probably heard about Mr. McGill. He is a Program Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He works in the Southern Office in Charleston, S.C. and is responsible for the states Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina. He has recently gained media attention for his “Slave Cabin Project.” He is making his way around the Southeastern United States, sleeping in historic slave quarters.

To read more about the project, see

Mr. McGill has a long career as a public historian. Prior to his current position, McGill was the Executive Director of the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Director of History and Culture at Penn Center, St. Helena Island, SC, a park ranger for the National Park Service at Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston, SC.

Mr. McGill is the founder of Company “I” 54th Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment in Charleston, S.C. The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was the regiment portrayed in the award winning movie “Glory”. As a Civil War reenactor Mr. McGill participates in parades, living history presentations, lectures and battle reenactments. Joe appears in the book Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz. Joe appeared in a History Channel documentary called The Unfinished Civil War. He was filmed at the battle renactment of Olustee, Florida and spending the night in a slave cabin at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant SC. The documentary aired in February 2001.

He will be speaking on Nov. 18 at 4 pm in Hartness Auditorium on the first floor of Carmichael Hall. The event is free and open to the public. I hope that you will share this information with friends, colleagues, and students, and that you will join us on Nov. 18.

Then Friday if you miss out Thursday afternoon…

Lunch & Learn Spartanburg
Joseph McGill: The Slave Cabin Project
November 19, 12:30-1:30
Join the Regional History Museum for an hour each month to learn interesting pieces of Spartanburg’s history from various speakers. In November, researcher Joseph McGill will share his knowledge of slave life. He has been living in historic slave dwellings as part of his research. Bring your lunch and learn from Mr. McGill on November 19 from 12:30-1:30 in the Chapman Cultural Center’s West Wing Conference Room on the 1st floor of the Carlos Moseley Building. Call 864-596-3501or email for reservations and information. $5 at the door; Lunches welcome.

Then Saturday…

On November 20th there will be a Symposium at Musgrove Mill State Historic Park. This is a special event commemorating the Battle of Blackstock’s on its anniversary date of Saturday, November 20. The special symposium planned for that day would be an interesting experience for the War of Independence enthusiast with any interest in the Revolutionary War activities in the Carolina Backcountry.
(864) 938-0100 for more info (also for more info)

And starting at the end of November and running into December…

Add the Regional History Museum to your holiday plans!

Discover Spartanburg through Dolls

November 30, 2010 – January 22, 2011

At Christmas, our thoughts turn to dolls and other toys. This year, join us and Discover Spartanburg through Dolls. Featuring the Spartanburg Regional History Museum’s doll collection, learn about diverse cultures and changes over time in Spartanburg. Our exhibit will share the stories of children and adults about the lasting impressions dolls have made on the lives of people in Spartanburg. Our dolls demonstrate style, fashions, cultural changes and various techniques in doll making. The doll collection is fun, so come enjoy the holiday spirit with dolls at the Spartanburg Regional History Museum!

Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 5:00

Admission: $4 Adults; $3 Senior Citizens & Veterans; $2 Ages 6-17

For Directions & Info: 864–596-3501;

Physical Address: 200 East St. John Street, Spartanburg S.C. 29306

The Chapman Cultural Center, Carlos Dupree Moseley Building

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