This is a directory of Upstate area clubs and organizations compiled by library staff based on information provided to us by the organizations themselves. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information. Please send any corrections or additions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (864) 527-9241.
Visit the American Legion War Museum to learn more about Greenville's rich military heritage. During the Spanish American War there was an army camp in Greenville called Camp Wetherill. World War I saw the establishment of an army training camp in Greenville known as Camp Sevier. During World War II the Greenville Army Air Base saw the training of B-25 crews. Following World War II (until 1963) Donaldson Air Force Base was home to the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing and their C-124 Globemasters. Individuals having information or items concerning the above mentioned military sites are invited to contact the Museum Curator. Individuals doing research on the military history of the United States are invited to come by the museum and visit the growing library. Open Saturday 10am–5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission is free.
AnAuthor World (AAW) is both a place and a program to support the arts. AAW offers writing classes, autographing parties, writing conferences, and other events. AnAuthor World Community came from students of AAW classes who wanted to continue that fellowship of writers. Members of AAW Community consist of published and unpublished writers and artists, teachers, librarians, editors, bookstore owners and employees, and anyone interested in the arts. Members meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:30 am - 11:30 am in the conference room of the Downtown Greenville Airport, 100 Tower Drive. Meetings usually feature a speaker. Members of AAW Community receive newsletters, can be part of critique groups, and also receive discounts on various AAW and AAW Community events.
Founded in 1972 by Barbara Selvy, Carolina Ballet Theatre is a 501c (3) non-profit organization and Greenville’s only professional resident dance company, featuring ten full-time dancers and four dance trainees, an all-volunteer Guild, 3,500 patrons, and an entire community of supporters. For 40 years, CBT has been a significant contributor to Greenville’s vibrant arts and culture through exercising its mission to promote and expand the art of dance to all parts of the Greenville community.
Centre Stage is a year-round, 285-seat regional theater offering a wide range of entertainment within easy walking distance of historic Falls Park and the many shops and restaurants that line downtown Greenville’s Main Street corridor. Augmenting its subscription seasons of music, comedy, and dramas, the theater also hosts art exhibitions, chamber music concerts, independent film screenings, guest lectures, galas and other special events inside a state-of-the-art performance facility noted for its unique configuration, comfort, and intimacy.
The Consortium for Upcountry South Carolina History is a group of individuals and organizations interested in the history of the Upcountry of South Carolina. Members meet quarterly and are given an opportunity to share concerns, expertise, and historical passions in an informal setting.
At Chautauqua, historic figures like Thomas Jefferson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr. come to talk. Scholars, costumed as famous people, bring history and literature to life. And it is not a Chautauqua performance unless audience questions are the most dramatic and exhilarating part. Chautauqua is authentic education that is lively, interactive, and fun! A week-long outdoor Festival is held each June under the Chautauqua tent. The Festival is free and open to the public.
The Greenville Little Theatre is the Upstate’s premier regional theatre. Since 1926, the Greenville Little Theatre has showcased this area’s talented performers in a six show main stage season of popular plays and musicals. The Studio 444 series features more offbeat material. Classes are available for all ages.
The Greenville Storytellers Guild is open to any and all interested in storytelling whether they wish to tell or just listen and enjoy. Stories may be traditional, personal, or original creation. The only rule is that they be short.
The mission of the Greer Cultural Arts Council is to serve the Greater Greer Community by providing affordable cultural arts opportunities. The council offers the highest possible quality of training and events. All activities reflect the highest moral standards. The Greer Cultural Arts Council encourages the participation of all citizens, regardless of age, creed, ethnicity, gender or economic status. Through art, music, dance, and drama, the council hopes to enrich the lives of the citizens of Greater Greer and surrounding communities.
The Greer Heritage Museum displays historical artifacts related to Greer and its surrounding area. The museum also hosts programs, workshops and special displays. Hours are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
The International Center of the Upstate is a nonprofit cultural organization devoted to promoting cross-cultural understanding among the local and international residents of Upstate South Carolina. The Center provides social events, language classes in English and 6 other languages, orientations for international newcomers, educational workshops, and business services. The Center also promotes the activities of the various international organizations of the Upstate.
The club has regular Out-To-Dinner and Out-To-Lunch times to enjoy local restaurants, a monthly pot-luck feast, plus an annual picnic and Christmas Party. The Italian-American Club supports worthy charitable organizations. The group is open to anyone who is Italian, of Italian-American heritage, or married to an Italian-American.
The Old Master Painting Collection at the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University beautifully traces the artistic, cultural, and religious history of Western Europe from the 14th through 19th centuries. Works by recognized artists such as Rubens, van Dyck, Reni, Tintoretto, Le Brun, Cranach, Ribera, and Murillo are aesthetically exhibited with the period furniture, sculpture, and tapestries to lend a period ambience to the galleries and give patrons a panoramic view of ages past. Of special note, the Museum and Gallery’s baroque paintings represent one of the most important collections in America.
As an innovative, educational satellite facility of the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University, the Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green provides each visitor, whether an art enthusiast or a beginner, an opportunity to learn about and experience fine art. The Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green rotates special exhibits of works selected from the Museum and Gallery’s world-renowned painting collection plus features interactive, educational displays that bring the art and times of the Old Masters to life for all ages.
Parking for M&G at Heritage Green is available in the Heritage Green Parking Deck located between the Greenville County Library and the Greenville Little Theatre. A minimal fee is charged for parking.
For GPS only: 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville, SC 29601.
The Peace Center presents the world's finest performing artists, sustains state-of-the-art venues, and provides quality services to support local arts organizations while fostering life-long appreciation for the arts through comprehensive education and outreach programs.
The mission of the Piedmont American Indian Association (PAIA) is to be a source of information for the public and a social contact for Indian people and for people who have an interest in Indian culture; to be a visual presence of Indians in the Upstate; and to offer cultural and social activities for Indian people of all nations. PAIA is a state recognized Native American Indian organization. The association has a tribal office, a library, a museum, and a craft store.
The Slater Hall Citizen’s Committee (SHCC) is a group of concerned local area residents dedicated to the restoration of the Slater Hall property. Initially formed in 2005, the committee is comprise of people from all walks of life—long time residents, as well as people new to the area that want to see this historic property restored.
The Greenville Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society offers educational programs and workshops as well as publications of genealogical data. The chapter promotes the collection and preservation of records as well as stimulating general interest in genealogy and family history.
The mission of the Upcountry Museum is to promote, present, and preserve the history of Upcountry South Carolina through education, research, and service. Located on Heritage Green in downtown Greenville, the Upcountry History museum is a non-profit, independent entity operated by Furman University. Exhibits include touch screen displays, oral histories, multimedia presentations, and replicated buildings. Cast figures of prominent Greenvillians such as Richard Pearis and Vardy McBee provide interesting stories available at the press of a button, and the various temporary exhibits offer something new for frequent visitors.