The Upcountry History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, announced that it has been awarded a $13,500.00 Growth Grant from South Carolina Humanities. Funding for the Growth Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) initiative.
According to SC Humanities, Growth Grants were designed to offer operating and/or program support to humanities organizations throughout the state that are still working through the last 18 months of sustained disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants provide immediate funds to help stabilize humanities organizations, thus allowing them to focus on continued recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and ensure their future success.
“As the area’s largest and most comprehensive history museum, the Upcountry History Museum connects people, history, and culture through its changing exhibition schedule, semi-permanent exhibits, programs, events, and extensive permanent collection,” said Museum CEO Dana L. Thorpe. “The Museum is honored to be a Growth Grant recipient. Monies received support the Museum in its role as the keeper of our community’s collective memory.”
Through its expanding permanent collection, innovative programming, access-for-all initiatives, and award-winning exhibitions, the Museum has established itself as a community anchor and trusted agent for preserving the multilayers of history with accuracy and integrity. As such, we have been able to open the doors of discovery, safeguard community history and Upcountry treasures through oral histories and artifacts, and inspire children, as well as lifelong learners, to dig deeper into history to better understand its impact on the present and future.
The Upcountry History Museum
The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville, S.C. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit www.upcountryhistory.org.