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Help the Spartanburg Historical Association win $25000

November 17th, 2011

Coalition of Local Charities Need Local Support to win $25,000 From Chase Community Giving.

A group of local non-profit organizations is working together to win a series of $25,000 donations from the Chase Community Giving Program. Chase is running the giving program on the Facebook social networking platform. Chase has already donated over $15 million dollars toward charities nationwide, including $25,000 to Spartanburg Charter School during its Spring Program. The fall program benefits smaller non-profit groups (those with budgets under one million dollars per year).
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Spartanburg History Hub November 17

November 15th, 2011

Spartanburg History Hub: What makes Spartanburg SO interesting?!
Thursday, November 17, 2011 – 7:00 pm – Barrett Room, Headquarters Library

The Spartanburg History Hub is a network of individuals and organizations committed to Spartanburg County history. The History Hub is managed by the Spartanburg County Historical Association and meets one Thursday each odd month except July. Locations vary. 7:00-8:00 pm

This month…
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Off topic

November 2nd, 2011

Apologies for this off topic post, but it is a matter of conscience. In recent months I’ve seen numerous tv ads for certain lenders advertising quick cash. It almost always sounds like it’s the perfect fix for an emergency situation like an unexpected car repair or whatever. With such difficult economic times I know a lot of people are in tight spots. I hope none of my readers would fall prey to this westernsky scam (some search for information by name as the scam after their website address) or the money mutual scam. Why would I go so far as to call them a scam? Better than 100% APR interest from Western Sky Financial and Money Mutual isn’t directly a lender they just sell your information to numerous other lenders to get you spammed to pieces.

Really, 28% credit card debt is better than their loans. Somehow they manage to get around the usury laws…. Always check the APR % on any loan you apply for!

I do have some on topic material coming up that I hope to get posted in the next couple of days. Thanks for indulging me in this off topic warning.

Victorian Picnic Oct. 22 in Magnolia Cemetery

October 18th, 2011

The public is invited to picnic Victorian style among the headstones in Spartanburg’s historic Magnolia Cemetery Saturday, Oct. 22, at high noon. Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket or chairs and visit with historians Martin Meek and Frazer Pajak, who will share great tales, myths and true stories about Spartanburg’s family, friends and complete strangers at rest there. Magnolia Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in the city of Spartanburg and many of Spartanburg’s founding families are buried there. The Spartanburg County Historical Association will provide music, stories, and water and soft drinks for purchase. On behalf of the nonprofit organization, donations will be accepted and appreciated. For more details, please call 596-3501 or email

Upcoming SC Genealogy and History Events

October 14th, 2011

Unfortunately this may be too late, but these first two events take place October 15th!

Celebrating the Seays: A Seay Family Reunion & Genealogy Day

October 15, 2011, 10:00-4:00
106 Darby Road, Spartanburg, SC; or 864-596-3501
Donations encouraged. Picnics welcome!

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Annual Revolutionary War Re-enactment October 1-2 during FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation

September 27th, 2011

Hear the muskets fire! Feel the cannon roar! See the American Revolution come to life during FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation! Late in the War for Independence, William “Bloody Bill” Cunningham, a Loyalist militia captain and deserter of the American cause, attacked Walnut Grove Plantation, killed three Patriot soldiers, and sparked a skirmish with local militia. At FestiFall, experience a re-enactment of this raid on Walnut Grove by Captain Cunningham and his desperate band of Tories. Witness the brave heroine, Kate Barry, warning her husband Andrew and his Patriot troops of the attack. Although her valiant actions can’t save the three soldiers killed by Cunningham, they do save the Moore family home from being burned by its attackers. Be transported back to colonial days and relive the saga of our struggle for independence!

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Spartanburg – Lunch and Learn September 23

September 22nd, 2011

Lunch & Learn Spartanburg
Lamar Nelson: Native Americans in the South Carolina Upcountry
September 23, 2011; 12:30-1:30

Join us for an enjoyable and educational hour as Mr. Lamar Nelson shares artifacts and stories about Native Americans in the South Carolina Upcountry. Mr. Nelson is a member of the South Carolina Archaeology Society and is proud of his Native American ancestry. Mr. Nelson will share his many years of discoveries of artifacts and information pertaining to the rich Native American history of our region. As a traditional Native American hunting ground, Spartanburg has many artifacts that teach us about the system in which the first peoples of our area lived. Come listen and ask questions. Mr. Nelson has spent many years uncovering and researching our Native American history.

1st Floor Conference Room
Lunches Welcome; Limited seating
Spartanburg Regional History Museum
Carlos Moseley Building
Chapman Cultural Center
200 East St. John Street, Spartanburg, S.C. 29306

Spartanburg History Hub – September 22nd, 2011

September 20th, 2011

Dr. Melissa Walker – From Plume St to the Polls: Women’s Suffrage in SC

September 22, 2011; 7-8 pm

Dr. Melissa Walker will share From Plume Street to the Polls: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in South Carolina. She’ll talk about how a group of South Carolina women from the 1910s organized a statewide suffrage movement in a state that was actively hostile to their efforts. Dr. Walker holds the George Dean Johnson, Jr. Chair of History at Converse College and is the author of numerous books on Southern and Women’s History. Please bring any upcoming history related events, announcements and projects. The meeting opens with a time for networking and sharing.

The Spartanburg History Hub is a network of individuals and organizations committed to Spartanburg County history. It is managed by the Spartanburg County Historical Association and meets one Thursday each odd month except July. Send your email to us to be added to our electronic Spartanburg History Hub mailing list.

• Free; Chapman Cultural Center, Moseley Building 1st Floor Conference Room
• 864-596-3501 or

Event Time(s)
7:00-8:00 pm

Revolutionary War Flags to be Topic at Season’s Final Friday Campfire at Walnut Grove Plantation

September 6th, 2011

Passing along the latest event news from Walnut Grove Plantation:

Roebuck, SC, September 6, 2011 — For one final time this summer, bring the family, gather ‘round the fire, toast marshmallows, and hear exciting stories of the Upstate’s past! The Spartanburg County Historical Association’s summer Friday Campfires Series wraps up this Friday, September 9 at Walnut Grove Plantation. Mark Anthony from the South Carolina Sons of the American Revolution will present his wonderful and fast-paced history of the American Revolution through its flags. “Mark regularly presents his program in area elementary schools, so the evening will be one for the entire family,” says Zac Cunningham, director of Walnut Grove Plantation. “He usually gives the history of nearly 40 flags in about 30 minutes, which means the flag he’s talking about is constantly changing. This fast pace and the changing visual keeps everyone, especially younger kids, interested.”

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Saturday at the Seay House – August 20

August 15th, 2011

Saturday at The Seay House
August 20, 2011

Join us this Saturday at The Seay House, Spartanburg’s oldest home. Located at 106 Darby Road just off Crescent Avenue, this home showcases the dwelling of a local farmstead managed and maintained by three maiden Seay sisters in the late 1800s. Come relax for an hour or two on this historic property! Visit, email, or call 864-596-3501 for more information.

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