Anderson County Museum

Anderson County Museum The ACM mission is to collect, care for, interpret and exhibit items that serve to illustrate the history of Anderson County and preserve its heritage. To provide interactive educational opportunities to teach the history of Anderson County.
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04/21/2020
Trailblazing Women who Changed Anderson County

Anderson County Museum's Executive Director Beverly Childs discusses eight notable women who changed Anderson County. Learn more about these remarkable women and their contributions to Anderson and the world.

Happy Birthday to Anderson County’s hospital system!  The first hospital for Anderson County opened on April 20, 1908.  ...
04/20/2020

Happy Birthday to Anderson County’s hospital system! The first hospital for Anderson County opened on April 20, 1908. Here’s a photo from around 1920 of the Anderson Memorial Hospital. Sending love to everyone working in Anderson's hospital today. #andersonsc #andersonismytown

Dr. McCants is credited with laying the foundation and building soundly the system that developed into the present schoo...
04/18/2020

Dr. McCants is credited with laying the foundation and building soundly the system that developed into the present school system, watching it grow form one school where all grades were taught in one school building, to the extensive system of elementary, middle and high school of today. We’re sending thanks to all the amazing educators continuing to care for our children today. Learn more about Dr. McCants at
https://andersoncountymuseum.org/elliot-mccants-2004-hall-of-fame/

04/16/2020
Coming this Tuesday: Trailblazing Women

Meet eight remarkable women who changed Anderson County. Tune in to our newest video presentation, coming to YouTube and Facebook on Tuesday, April 21.

04/16/2020
Coming this Tuesday: Trailblazing Women

Meet eight remarkable women who changed Anderson County. Tune in to our newest video presentation, coming to YouTube and Facebook on Tuesday, April 21.

Model by Cadence, age 11. The ACM Lego Expo is open to youth and adults. Build your model from a kit or from your own im...
04/16/2020

Model by Cadence, age 11. The ACM Lego Expo is open to youth and adults. Build your model from a kit or from your own imagination. We will take entries until May 1. Send photos of your creations to share. Enter at https://andersoncountymuseum.org/lego-expo/ #legomasters #andersonsc

Dr. Annie Denmark was an accomplished musician and the first president of a South Carolina college. She led Anderson Uni...
04/15/2020

Dr. Annie Denmark was an accomplished musician and the first president of a South Carolina college. She led Anderson University, then Anderson College, through the difficult year of the Depression by converting the four-year women’s college into an institution that admitted both men and women in 1930. We’re sending love to all the educators and leaders continuing to inspire us. More about her at https://andersoncountymuseum.org/annie-dove-denmark-2004-hall-of-fame/ #andersonsc #TrueToAU

We love that the community is enjoying our to History to Go Packets.  Today's topic is airplanes. Look by our front door...
04/15/2020

We love that the community is enjoying our to History to Go Packets. Today's topic is airplanes. Look by our front door to take History To Go! See more information and sign our guestbook at https://andersoncountymuseum.org/history-to-go/ #andersonsc #andersonismytown

04/14/2020
Heritage and History: The 1911 Glidden Road Tour

The 1911 Glidden Road Tour gave Anderson, SC a chance to shine in the national spotlight. The tour, which saw automobiles travel from New York to Florida, was tracked enthusiastically by the media who built excitement for each leg of the course. Come and learn about this momentous event, the troubles faced by drivers, the route through Anderson, and the history behind our beautiful Glidden Trophy.

Have you seen this statue on the Main AnMed Campus? This is Virginia “Jennie” Kramer Gilmer. She lead the community in f...
04/14/2020

Have you seen this statue on the Main AnMed Campus? This is Virginia “Jennie” Kramer Gilmer. She lead the community in fundraising for a hospital for Anderson County, which opened on April 20, 1908. Sending thanks to all the people helping in our community today. Learn more about her at https://andersoncountymuseum.org/virginia-jennie-gilmer-2005-hall-of-fame/ #andersonsc

Anderson County was home to the only African – American recipient of the Medal of Honor in World War I. Corporal Freddie...
04/09/2020

Anderson County was home to the only African – American recipient of the Medal of Honor in World War I. Corporal Freddie Stowers grew up in Sandy Springs. He died leading his squad during some of the bloodiest fighting of the war. Spurred on by Stowers’ courage, his troops continued the attack that led to heavy enemy casualties and the capture of Hill 188. Learn more about him at https://andersoncountymuseum.org/corporal-freddie-stowers-2003-hall-of-fame/

We’re celebrating notable Andersonians. Thomas Rucker Gaines was a dear and beloved Anderson physician.  In 1973, Dr. Ga...
04/08/2020

We’re celebrating notable Andersonians. Thomas Rucker Gaines was a dear and beloved Anderson physician. In 1973, Dr. Gaines established The Lucile Talmadge Gaines Scholarship, in honor of his wife, with a $100,000.00 donation. This scholarship was instituted to help with college expenses of needy Anderson County residents. #andersonsc #truetoau

04/08/2020
DeSoto's Trail: A presentation by ACM Curator Dustin Norris

Did Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto pass through Anderson County in his expedition towards the Mississippi River? Learn more about DeSoto's time and his travels. Listen to Anderson County Museum curator Dustin Norris explain some of the evidence that might link Anderson County to DeSoto's famous trail.

Dr. Anne Austin Young was one of the first female physicians to practice medicine in Anderson County. After her marriage...
04/07/2020

Dr. Anne Austin Young was one of the first female physicians to practice medicine in Anderson County. After her marriage to Dr. Charles Young in 1918, the two set up practice in Anderson where Dr. Anne Young worked as an obstetrician. We’re celebrating the amazing doctors and physicians continuing their work in Anderson County today. Tag an amazing physician! #andersonsc

It is rare, if not impossible, to find a former student that would not describe Mr Reames as one of the most influential...
04/06/2020

It is rare, if not impossible, to find a former student that would not describe Mr Reames as one of the most influential people in their life. - Caroline Tolbert and Douglas McDougald Jr.

Join us in honoring him at the Anderson County Museum. https://andersoncountymuseum.org/event/honoring-frog-reames/

Serving in numerous capacities throughout the local community, state, and nation in the field of education, Carroll Fred...
04/06/2020

Serving in numerous capacities throughout the local community, state, and nation in the field of education, Carroll Frederick "Frog" Reames dedicated his life to assuring that young people received the education they needed to succeed, and the guidance they deserved to help them become assets to whatever community they would call home. We're thanking the amazing educators today and honoring Anderson's past educators. #andersonsc

We’re celebrating the amazing medical workers in our community. This is Thomas Rucker Gaines.  In 1928, Dr. Gaines estab...
04/05/2020

We’re celebrating the amazing medical workers in our community. This is Thomas Rucker Gaines. In 1928, Dr. Gaines established his medical practice in Anderson. This practice is now known as Medicus, one of the premier medical centers in this region. Dr. Gaines was renowned in the medical community throughout the southeast. He was a former Chief of Staff at the Anderson Area Medical Center and a former President of the South Carolina Medical Association. #andersonsc

Do you love baseball?  Learn more about Baseball in Anderson County with this weekend's History to Go featuring baseball...
04/04/2020

Do you love baseball? Learn more about Baseball in Anderson County with this weekend's History to Go featuring baseball. Come by our front door and look beside the cannon for this weekend's packets. We have a limited number and we ran out last weekend!

04/03/2020

Take a look at a few of the items in our McGee Harness shop exhibit at the Anderson County Museum. #andersonsc

Born in 1867, Virginia “Jennie” Kramer Gilmer was a leader in the movement to build the first hospital in Anderson. Here...
04/03/2020

Born in 1867, Virginia “Jennie” Kramer Gilmer was a leader in the movement to build the first hospital in Anderson. Here’s a photo of Jennie and her two children from AnMed Health: A Century of Healing. We’re all sending thanks to all the heroes working in Anderson’s hospital today!

Happy A Day! A Day is celebration of Anderson University.  Here's a 1916 photo from our collection of Anderson Universit...
04/02/2020

Happy A Day! A Day is celebration of Anderson University. Here's a 1916 photo from our collection of Anderson University. #adaytogive #andersonsc

Our gallery is closed, but you can still enjoy part of our most current temporary exhibit, Facing Freedom: Anderson Coun...
03/31/2020

Our gallery is closed, but you can still enjoy part of our most current temporary exhibit, Facing Freedom: Anderson County’s Path Toward Reconstruction. By 1860, the political temperature had risen such that all it needed was a spark to erupt; a spark that came with the election of Abraham Lincoln. Read about Anderson's experience after the Civil War on our blog. #andersonsc #andersonhistory. https://andersoncountymuseum.org/facing-freedom-the-civil-war-and-violent-outrages/

Pick up history to go at the Anderson County Museum! Look by our front door to pick up activity sheets and great informa...
03/31/2020

Pick up history to go at the Anderson County Museum! Look by our front door to pick up activity sheets and great information about Andersons history and culture. Available now: hot air balloons. #andersonsc #plugintoanderson

03/31/2020
Color the Robert Anderson Fountain!

New coloring sheet! How will you color the Robert Anderson Fountain? Watercolor and ink by ACM's graphic artist Jamie Hansen. #robertandersonfountain Download here:https://andersoncountymuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/fountain.pdf

Serving in numerous capacities throughout the local community, state, and nation in the field of education, Carroll Fred...
03/26/2020

Serving in numerous capacities throughout the local community, state, and nation in the field of education, Carroll Frederick "Frog" Reames dedicated his life to assuring that young people received the education they needed to succeed, and the guidance they deserved to help them become assets to whatever community they would call home. Join us in honoring him next month at the Anderson County Museum. More at https://andersoncountymuseum.org/event/honoring-frog-reames/

Take History to Go! Look near the cannon at the front door of the museum for our packets of information.  This Thursday:...
03/26/2020

Take History to Go! Look near the cannon at the front door of the museum for our packets of information. This Thursday: Anderson's Hot Air Balloons. Read more about our History To Go Program: https://andersoncountymuseum.org/history-to-go/ #andersonsc #hotairballon

Take History to Go! Look near the cannon at the front door of the museum for our packets. Today learn about The Newest S...
03/25/2020

Take History to Go! Look near the cannon at the front door of the museum for our packets. Today learn about The Newest SC State Symbol, the Marsh Tacky. The Carolina Marsh Tacky or Marsh Tacky is a rare breed of horse, native to South Carolina. It is a member of the Colonial Spanish group of horse breeds. We'll have a new packet on Thursday!

Learn about what happened at Buena Vista Park in 1905. Discover some of the stories behind our exhibits. Pass the time a...
03/24/2020

Learn about what happened at Buena Vista Park in 1905. Discover some of the stories behind our exhibits. Pass the time at home learning about the history of the Anderson area. Look near the cannon at the front door of the museum for packets of information about Anderson’s hot air balloons, the SC State Heritage Horse, local military history, and more.
We’ll be releasing a new packet every Tuesday and Thursday. Follow us on this page or on Facebook to find out about the topic. Stop by the front door to take History To Go! https://andersoncountymuseum.org/history-to-go/

03/20/2020

Thanks for your question, Mona, about Anderson’s downtown merchants. Join me for a small tour of the Anderson County Museum's Trade Street exhibit.

03/19/2020

Coloring activity! What color would you paint our courthouse downtown? Print and color in this drawing of Anderson's Historic Courthouse. Download our drawing athttps://andersoncountymuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/andersonsc1.pdf

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202 E Greenville St
Anderson, SC
29621

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Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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(864) 260-4737

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Thought some folks might find this interesting. Old footage (mid 1920's -1935) of Anderson, then and now with some footage I shot to compare how much has changed (and how much has stayed the same!).
History buffs may enjoy the upcoming "Plus" show at Electric City Playhouse in Anderson. Inspired by actual events (see article from History.com), Mark St. Germain's "Camping With Henry and Tom" sees a 1921 camping trip taken by Thomas Alva Edison, Henry Ford, and President Warren G. Harding. Rich in humor, the show presents these historic figures attempting to take a break in the Maryland woods. What is supposed to be a peaceful trip is soon disrupted by agendas and interpersonal drama. Performances are January 10-12, 2020. Tickets are $10 each. Information at ECPlayhouse.com. (Note: Show contains some language and social commentary consistent with the time and beliefs of the men.) https://www.history.com/news/ford-and-edisons-excellent-camping-adventures
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner will visit Clemson University Wednesday to discuss how the Civil War fundamentally changed the Constitution -- and America. Foner's talk, 5 p.m. in Tillman Hall, is free and open to the public. It's the first lecture of a major conference, "Lincoln's Unfinished Work."
Registration is open and free! The "Lincoln's Unfinished Work" conference at Clemson University Nov. 28-Dec. 1 features 40 scholars sharing perspectives on Lincoln and varied topics in American history to the present day. Public welcome! Attend one talk or many:
Is there a Holocaust program coming in April? I see it as the subject in the newsletter email, but I didn't see any information about it inside.
Our museum is one of the best kept secrets of our town! Love just walking around and enjoying the atmosphere. I also get really neat SC items from the gift store :)
Join us for Hall of Fame on October 10. The Induction Ceremony begins promptly at 6:15 p.m.
I love the Anderson County Museum~
Anyone going to post pictures from FAIRY DAY!