Belton Area Museum Association

Belton Area Museum Association This page highlights events, exhibits, genealogy programs, and activities of the Belton Area Museum Association and encourages discussion about historical topics of interest to our community. Check out what's new at the historic Belton Train Depot!
We are a non-profit umbrella organization comprised of three museums located in the Historic Belton Train Depot. The Ruth Drake Museum houses our permanent collection of local artifacts and the Genealogy and Reference Room. The South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame is home to the portraits of all inductees chosen by the South Carolina Tennis Association, and of related tennis mementoes. The North End Gallery contains our temporary exhibits, which change periodically and consist of items loaned by the community. The museum office and the gift shop are also located in the Gallery. We also rent the Depot’s center section for private parties and events. The Center Section Performance Hall in the historic Belton Train Depot is available for rental 7 days a week. Weekend rentals (Fridays and Saturdays) are full day, requiring a $200 deposit and $400 payment. The rental fee includes tables and chairs to seat 120 comfortably, or 200 limited by fire code if cocktail style event. Tablecloths can be rented for $5 each. If everything is left in good order, then the $200 deposit is returned. Quite a good deal compared to other venues across Anderson County. During the week, rentals can be made for an hourly rate. Please contact the museum at 338-7400 during the above mentioned hours to check to see if the date you are wanting is available.
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06/01/2020
www.schumanities.com

The Belton Area Museum Association is happy to announce that we received a Bridge Grant from South Carolina Humanities, www.schumanities.org.

Funding for the Bridge Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

This grant will be used to offset the loss of funding during the recent closure of the museum during the pandemic.

We appreciate the efforts of our congressional delegation #LindseyGraham #TimScott #JeffDuncan for creating and passing this legislation that helps small organizations like ours to weather the revenue losses due to closures.

#NEHcares
#schumanities

05/25/2020
Anderson County, S.C.

#koreanwar #memorialdayservice #beltonspride #theygaveall

President Trump received 51 boxes of US soldiers' remains from the Korean War. One of the remains includes William J. McCollum, who has Belton roots.

Memorial Day Service details to be announced.

City of Belton South Carolina Anderson County Veteran Affairs

As we contemplate reopening the Belton Area Museum Association for visitors, here is a fun look at how museums in Europe...
05/25/2020
Museums Are Starting to Reopen — and Some Have Wearable Social Distancing Devices

As we contemplate reopening the Belton Area Museum Association for visitors, here is a fun look at how museums in Europe are coping post-Covid 19. As soon as plans are in place for your safety and welfare, we will alert you to the reopening of the depot. In the meantime, enjoy this read.

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-coronavirus-reopening-rules?did=527342-20200524&utm_campaign=just-in_newsletter&utm_source=travelandleisure.com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=052420&cid=527342&mid=34323831906

Museums around the world are starting to reopen with special new guidelines to keep visitors safe and healthy. In Italy, some museums are requiring people to wear special devices that keep guests 6 feet apart. In Houston, the first major museum in the country is set to reopen.

As has been the tradition since 1865, we take time today to remember  the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice ...
05/25/2020

As has been the tradition since 1865, we take time today to remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. May we never take their deaths in their service to us for granted. Happy Memorial Day!
#theygaveall #memorialday #thankfulandblessed #usa

Today's the DAY!  Lend a Hand!#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as...
05/05/2020

Today's the DAY! Lend a Hand!

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings all people together. It’s a day for everyone to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.

Will you consider donating to the Belton Area Museum Association?

Why?
We preserve YOUR history
We create dialogue about interesting topics
We protect one-of-a-kind artifacts
We host fun events for all ages to enjoy
We are open free of charge to the public
We welcome everyone

If you have not already sent in your membership to the museum, please consider doing so at a higher level than in the past. Memberships start at $10 for students and go to $1000.

Would you consider raising your past contribution and sending in TODAY?

If so, you can use this link to donate immediately with your credit card, through our new Paypal account
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PMKF9WW2EZWC2&source=url

Or you can make checks payable to BAMA and mail to 100 N. Main St, Belton, SC 29627.

You can also donate here on our page.

Three ways of giving, three times the assistance, three times the knowledge you are helping our organization provide you with the best programming and heritage preservation available.

Thank you so much for your donation.

#covid19giving #givingtuesdaynow #beltonareamuseumassociation #preservingourheritage #gobelton

05/04/2020

May 5, May 5, May 5, May 5

Giving Tuesday Now was created so that people around the globe could help organizations struggling financially due to the Covid 19 virus.

Will you consider donating to the Belton Area Museum Association?

Why?

We preserve YOUR history
We create dialogue about interesting topics
We protect one-of-a-kind artifacts
We host fun events for all ages to enjoy
We are open free of charge to the public
We welcome everyone

If you have not already sent in your membership to the museum, please consider doing so at a higher level than in the past. Memberships start at $10 for students and go to $1000.

Would you consider raising your past contribution and sending in on MAY 5?

If so, please complete the "donate now" button on MAY 5, International Giving Tuesday Now.
#givingtuesdaynow
#historylovers #history
#beltonareamuseumassociation
#preservinghistory
#engaging #inspiring

04/23/2020

May 5, May 5, May 5, May 5

Many of you have asked how the Covid 19 Virus has affected our non-profit museum. We are very fortunate that you have been generous in the past, so right now, our financial situation is stable. However, the longer this quarantine disrupts our scheduling of events, our fundraising efforts, and the availability of grants, the more your assistance will be critical to our future.

The new CARES legislation provides a Charitable Giving incentive: It includes a new above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300.

So, if you have not already sent in your membership to the museum, please consider doing so at a higher level than in the past. Memberships start at $10 for students and go to $1000. Would you consider raising your past contribution and sending in on May 5?

If so, please complete the "donate now" button on MAY 5, International Giving Tuesday Now date.

And many thanks for your unfailing devotion to keeping our history and heritage alive during this difficult time. This will be a moment in history we will all be talking about generations from now.
#givingtuesdaynow

Greenville & Western Railway Company, LLC
04/23/2020

Greenville & Western Railway Company, LLC

Since everyone had so much fun with the 1951 Belton photo last week, here's a look at the P&N 1606 switching at O'Neal Street in 1961, with a better look at the depot and some more cool period automobiles. Hope everyone has a great Monday.

Ship by rail... Ship by Greenville & Western Railway!

Photo courtesy Craig A. Myers collection

Greenville & Western Railway Company, LLC
04/23/2020

Greenville & Western Railway Company, LLC

In this April 1951 photo, taken by the late AC Kalmbach, a northbound Piedmont & Northern Railway interurban pauses at the O'Neal Street depot. Fast forward some 69 years, and while the overhead catenary and depot may be long gone, Greenville & Western Railway still carries on the tradition of moving freight (and a passenger or two around Christmas time) through this proud, railroad and textile heritage-rich town. GRLW is proud to continue to serve our Belton, South Carolina community some 110 years after James B. Duke brought the P&N to town!

Hello All!  Each year, we produce a sustainability report for our membership and to use to secure grant funding.  This r...
04/16/2020

Hello All! Each year, we produce a sustainability report for our membership and to use to secure grant funding. This report includes a themed intro, a list of our accomplishments in the previous year, our goals for the coming year, our expense report at year's end and a budget projection for the coming year, a nod to our corporate and business partners, and a list of yearly events and dates along with loads of photos from the previous year's activities.

Enjoy and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us!

And if you haven't joined us for events, when we open back up, come check us out!

While you are quarantined with family, why don't you  get to know each other better with some of these questions?  Have ...
04/15/2020

While you are quarantined with family, why don't you get to know each other better with some of these questions? Have your children/grandchildren ask you these questions and record your responses both written in a special notebook and virtually by recording on your cell phone. This can be a mini oral history project for your loved ones and a real treasure to share stories with your children/grandchildren during this time. Here are some lead off questions to ask/answer. And why don't you share portions of your videos with us here on this platform?

04/15/2020
1911 Glidden Road Tour - A road tour including Anderson SC

Interesting video by Anderson County Museum about the transportation and the Glidden Tour of 1911. Belton was also a stop on this 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, wa...

Here's a fun game:  BAMA Bingo!  Play along by marking up a copy of what you have done at the Belton Depot and then post...
04/08/2020

Here's a fun game: BAMA Bingo! Play along by marking up a copy of what you have done at the Belton Depot and then post it in the comments. And if you find you haven't done something, when the quarantine is over, come check us out!

Studying the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries?  If so, here are some videos produced by ASD2 5th graders about  how W...
03/27/2020
War Stories - Belton Area Museum Association - Belton, South Carolina

Studying the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries? If so, here are some videos produced by ASD2 5th graders about how WWII, Korea, Vietnam, The War on Terror, Iraq and Afghanistan have shaped the lives of our community members while participating on the national stage.
#WWII #KoreanWar #VietnamWar #WarinAfghanistan #FirstIraqWar #DesertStorm #WaronTerror
https://beltonmuseum.com/war-stories/

Step into a different world as you listen to the many war stories in this video series; from WWII to the present day War on Terror.

03/24/2020

Due to the Covid 19 Virus and the need for social distancing, along with the Governor of South Carolina's recommendations, the Belton Area Museum Association will remain closed until further notice. Staff will come in periodically to answer phone messages and mail, but the museum itself will be closed.

If you have a rental scheduled in the coming weeks, please call us to discuss alternatives at 338-7400.

If you and your students are in need of historical information to help with assignments, please email [email protected]. We will do our best to provide primary content to enliven your projects.

#covid19closures #togetherwewillgetthroughthis #beltonareamuseumassociation #historyrocks

03/19/2020

Please share: This Saturday's Rummage and Craft Sale has been rescheduled to April 18. Please join us that day!
#covid19closures #togetherwewillgetthroughthis
#beltonareamiseumassociation
#communityrummageandcraftsale

03/16/2020
Anderson County, S.C.

Thanks, Greg Wilson and Anderson County, for supporting our programs and allowing us to showcase the wonderful events and activities sponsored by BAMA. We raised almost $10,000 at this event. The proceeds will fund educational programming and the ongoing rehabilitation projects for our greatest artifact, the 110-year-old Historic Belton Train Depot.

The historic train depot in Belton was the fundraising location for a night of food, friends and good-natured auction competitions. All the proceeds benefited the Museum and it's educational programs.

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Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo
03/16/2020

Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo

Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo
03/16/2020

Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo

Hello,As of this morning, we have been alerted that all events in Belton are to be suspended until April 1, when a furth...
03/16/2020

Hello,

As of this morning, we have been alerted that all events in Belton are to be suspended until April 1, when a further discussion and decision will be made at that time based upon the best knowledge and information about the Covid-19 virus and its trajectory.

Therefore, we have had to reschedule the 7th Annual Community Rummage and Craft Sale. Our target date is Saturday, April 18. If you cannot sell on this alternate date, please let us know and we will refund your fee in its entirety.

Also, we have a few more spaces available, so please share with your neighbors and friends.

Best,

Alison Darby
864-958-5264

Today BAMA  had the pleasure of hosting a break out session at the SC Federation of Museums Conference at the SC State M...
03/12/2020

Today BAMA had the pleasure of hosting a break out session at the SC Federation of Museums Conference at the SC State Museum in Columbia. Shout out to Ashlyn Haynie, Teen Board Member, Alison Darby, Educational Coordinator, and Abigail Burden, Executive Director, for sharing the successes of our Youth Volunteers. We also met keynote speaker Renea R. Anderson of the African American Museum of the Smithsonian. #scfmsuccess #scstatemuseum #beltonareamuseumassociation

Thanks to the Anderson Genealogy Society for inviting us to present about the history of Craytonville and the legend of ...
03/09/2020

Thanks to the Anderson Genealogy Society for inviting us to present about the history of Craytonville and the legend of John C. Calhoun as President Abe Lincoln's father. Almost 40 showed up to learn about this crossroad's illustrious history. #craytonville #johnccalhoun #abelincoln #historyisfun

Night for the Museum was a blast! Thanks to presenting sponsor Superior Engineering and David Jones, our patrons and bid...
03/09/2020

Night for the Museum was a blast! Thanks to presenting sponsor Superior Engineering and David Jones, our patrons and bidders, and our many generous sponsors and donors, the event brought in over $9000 to support the museum's infrastructure and educational programs. Thanks, Belton Community!

Wear green. All invited!
03/05/2020

Wear green. All invited!

All are invited. See you there (and west green)! 🍀

Tonight's the night! With Doug Bratcher as auctioneer, Rex Maynard as crowd pleaser, great Mexican food fare, amazing it...
02/27/2020

Tonight's the night! With Doug Bratcher as auctioneer, Rex Maynard as crowd pleaser, great Mexican food fare, amazing items for silent and live auction, and a wonderful opportunity for fellowship with old and new friends, The Night for the Museum is BAMA's premier event this season. Come join us at 6:30 pm. Just a few seats left!

The list of great prizes keeps adding up for this Thursday night's silent and live auction fundraiser at the Belton Depo...
02/21/2020

The list of great prizes keeps adding up for this Thursday night's silent and live auction fundraiser at the Belton Depot. Here's a sampling! Keep checking back for more items that will be up for grabs. And if you haven't gotten your tickets yet, call 338-7400 to get yours today. Limited quantities available.

A load of topsoil from Earth Materials Grading (value $300)
A one hour craniosacral session from Synergy Therapies (value $110)
Family passes for "Be a Soldier for a Day" at BattleCat Sports (value $120)
Advanced Auto car care bucket (value $65)
Gus's spring planter kit (value 50)
Sugar Mountain Resort 4 day/3 nights trip (value $750)
La-Z-Boy rocker/recliner (value $929)
Wood You child's rocking chair (value $90)
Grounds Badges for the Heritage Tournament-April 13-19-Hilton Head Island (value $500)
AE Wilson Salon package (value $60)
Greenville Drive Tailgate for 8 (value $300)
Frederick Duclos two-toned necklace from Phil's Jewelers (value $225)
Mini Photography Shoot-Eva Higgins (value $100)
SC Aquarium Tickets (value $60)
Joe Parks print (value $100)
Palmetto Distillery gift basket (value $50)
Chez Julie potted garden (value $75)
Belton Tennis Association tennis lessons (value $400)
4 pack rounds of golf at Boscobel, Southern Oaks, Smithfields Country Clubs (value $120-$160)

#nightforthemuseum #fiesta #beltonareamuseumassociation #superiorengineering

We have an amazing student advisory board at BAMA, and we are looking for motivated, community-minded students who want ...
02/21/2020

We have an amazing student advisory board at BAMA, and we are looking for motivated, community-minded students who want to serve during the 2020-2021 school year. If you know of a student who wants to apply, please have them complete this application and return to the museum by next Friday, Feb. 28. Open to rising 9 - 12th graders, both public and private school and home schoolers.

Here is the full article with the videos.  Hope you enjoy, and come visit us this spring in Belton!  Lots to do and see!...
02/20/2020
City of Belton prepares for fundraiser to benefit museum, Spring events

Here is the full article with the videos. Hope you enjoy, and come visit us this spring in Belton! Lots to do and see!
https://www.wspa.com/news/local-news/city-of-belton-prepares-for-fundraiser-to-benefit-museum-spring-events/?fbclid=IwAR37vkH4fja3I51f3-Coq-CYwNJg6yQ_YAESSvMY8ZP83qw3EuD6HH4vV2A
#christinescarpelliwspa #betterinbelton #beltontennisassociation #beltoncenterforthearts #beltonareamuseumassociation #gobelton #beltonalliance #scchilicookoff #cityofbeltonsc #mayortiffanyownbey #thingstodo #nightforthemuseum #beltonrec

BELTON, S.C. (WSPA) – The City of Belton has been selling tickets for their Fiesta: A Night at the Museum fundraiser on Thursday, February 27. Complete with cuisine, wine, and good-natured co…

WSPA TV 7 with Christine Scarpelli came to Belton this morning to interview organizers of several upcoming spring events...
02/19/2020

WSPA TV 7 with Christine Scarpelli came to Belton this morning to interview organizers of several upcoming spring events. Rex Maynard talked about the Palmetto Junior Tennis Tourney, Mayor Tiffany Ownbey shared Belton Center for the Arts exhibit info along with city initiatives, Gene Jameson spoke about the S C State Chili Cook-off Championship, the new walking trail and the Belton Alliance St. Patti's Day celebration, Joey Lance talked about the Recreation Department's programs and activities, and Abigail Burden promoted the museum's upcoming fundraiser Fiesta! A Night for the Museum. Thanks also to Councilman Josh Stephenson for opening up at 4:30 AM. #wspanewschannel7 #christinescarpelli #beltonalliance #scstatechilicookoffchampionship #scchilicookoff #beltonrec #cityofbeltonsc #betterinbelton #beltonareamuseumassociation #beltoncenterforthearts #beltontennisassociation

Address

100 N Main St
Belton, SC
29627

General information

Current hours of operation are Wednesday-Friday 9-2 and Saturday 10-12 (or by appointment) Admission is free but donations are welcome!

Opening Hours

Wednesday 09:00 - 14:00
Thursday 09:00 - 14:00
Friday 09:00 - 14:00
Saturday 10:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(864) 338-7400

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Roarin’ into a New Decade

As we embark on a new decade, we look to the future with great anticipation and excitement, much like the generation who “Charlestoned” their way into 1920 after a World War was settled and patriots returned home to experience a greater prosperity and standard of living that was unparalleled across the world. Astounding inventions (like the automobile and the telephone) became easily accessible to the average person and medical discoveries improved lives. The future was a bright pathway for all to achieve its promises.

A century later, the Belton Area Museum Association builds upon the past and that sense of discovery, hosting activities such as Heritage Days at the Depot, interesting and engaging programming, and awe-inspiring exhibits. Over the last 15 years, we have become a destination for visitors, a source of family-gathering genealogical information, a community-centered place where multi-generational patrons share activities and experiences together.

Unlike the resulting economic failures of the “no-cares-for-tomorrow” generation, we have learned from the past to be good stewards, to save a little for a rainy day. BAMA works within its budget to produce outstanding events and activities for our community and to continue the preservation of our culture and heritage.

But we also covet your memberships, your rentals, your donations, and your sponsorships that bring all these programs and exhibits free of charge to our community. We need all of you!

BAMA: Preserving, Inspiring, Engaging, Welcoming.

Come visit Today!

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Belton parade 2019
Such a good event! The kids loved it!
Come on down today to shop and enjoy the holiday season in downtown Belton!
Please consider donating today of all days since Facebook will match all donations today only #givingTuesday.
BAMA will be giving out treats on the square. Come spook us tomorrow night!