As the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans comes to the forefront this month, the Upcountry History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is honored to be one of only a few museums in the country selected to host its newest exhibition, War Dogs: Never Above You, Never Below You, Always Beside You. We are also pleased to announce that all veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive free admission to the Museum while the exhibition is on display through February 27, 2022, thanks to the designated generosity of Lockheed Martin.
In addition, the Museum’s “Lunchbox Learning” program on November 10 from noon-1:00 p.m. will feature Julie Schrock, Gold Star Mother of Corporal Max Donahue (USMC) and author of “Missing Max,” and retired Master Sergeant Chris Willingham, USMC, and current U.S. War Dogs Association president.
Schrock will share stories about her son, his “service over self” attitude as a Marine, and his love of being the handler for Fenji, his trusted military working dog. She will also detail her journey of hope, faith and love through the days, weeks and months following his injury and then his death.
Willingham served as a Military Working Dog (MWD) handler, trainer, instructor, and program manager during his 20-year military career. He will recount experiences that he and his MWD Lucca had as they conducted numerous operations in Iraq and Afghanistan where they are credited with saving countless lives. When she was retired from military service, Lucca lived with Willingham and his family.
The “Lunchbox Learning” program is free for UHM Members and included with general admission for all other guests. It will be presented in-person and virtually. Go to www.upcountryhistory.org to purchase tickets.
The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville, S.C. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit www.upcountryhistory.org.