Humanities Festival

Every year, SC Humanities sponsors the Humanities Festival in a community in South Carolina. Started in 1993 in honor of the Council’s 20th Anniversary, the Humanities Festival has been held in 19 different South Carolina cities. Each festival celebrates the local history and culture of the host community, engaging the citizens in lectures, discussions, films, and exhibits and facilitating partnerships between cultural organizations and community groups. Will your city be next?

South Carolina Humanities Festival in York County

March 28- 30, 2019

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2019 Festival Schedule:

March 27 – 30 | Underexposed Film Festival YC – Dina’s Place, Winthrop University

The UFFyc is an award-winning, international, independent short film festival that showcases the best in indie filmmaking. Screened films focus on strength in storytelling, and include Q & A sessions with the filmmakers afterwards. Films were submitted from 30+ countries across all 7 continents. For full schedule & more information, visit underexposedfilmfestivalyc.org.

Drive the Arts: Rock Hill Public Art Tour Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill

Discover sculpture and art that mixes history and innovation on a self-guided tour. Maps at the Center for the Arts or womensartinitiative.org. Sponsored by the Women’s Art Initiative.

March 28 – 30 | 10 am – 4 pm | “130 Years of Springs” Exhibit Fort Mill History Museum, 107 Clebourne St., Fort Mill

Springs Industries, Inc., once a leading textile manufacturer, began as an effort to save the lagging economy of a small southern town. It was for the people of Fort Mill that Samuel Elliott White and others organized the Fort Mill Manufacturing Company in 1887. With $52,500 and 10 acres of land, Captain White started a local project that would make Fort Mill the center of a global economy.

March 28 – 30 – 8 pm,  March 31- 2 pm | “At Home at the Zoo” Johnson Studio Theatre, 115 Johnson Hall

This two-act play By Edward Albee takes place in NYC. With dark humor, it explores both the love and the cruelty that we inflict on each other every day. Tickets: $10 on March 28 + 29; $15 on March 30 + 31.

March 29 + 30: 7:30 pm, March 31: 3 pm | Gianni Schicchi Opera Tillman Auditorium, Winthrop

University Jeffery McEvoy directs this production by Puccini featuring piano and singing in Italian. Adults: $15; Winthrop faculty and staff: $10; Winthrop student ID: $5

Underexposed Film Festival YC – Dina’s Place, Winthrop University

Programming varies by day. For full schedule & more information, visit underexposedfilmfestivalyc.org.

Drive the Arts: Rock Hill Public Art Tour Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill

Maps for this self-guided tour available at the Center for the Arts or womensartinitiative.org

9 am – 5 pm | Drawings & Paintings, works by Marge Moody Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill

Marge Moody’s work is inspired by her experience of places, distant, close to home, and from her imagination. Marge’s work describes the ‘spirit’ of place. She works thematically as each experience may suggest many possible visual outcomes. The work examines boundaries, addresses the fragility of existence, of presence, of absence, and of memory For more information, visit yorkcountyarts.org

10 am – 4 pm | “130 Years of Springs” Exhibit Fort Mill History Museum, 107 Clebourne St., Fort Mill

Springs Industries, Inc., once a leading textile manufacturer, began as an effort to save the lagging economy of a small southern town. It was for the people of Fort Mill that Samuel Elliott White and others organized the Fort Mill Manufacturing Company in 1887. With $52,500 and 10 acres of land, Captain White started a local project that would make Fort Mill the center of a global economy.

11 am – 12 pm | Winthrop Authors Book Signing + Readings Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Winthrop

University Winthrop Alumni Authors Sarah and Morri Creech read selections from their award-winning books.

5:30 – 8:00 pm | Opening Reception The White Home, 258 E. White St., Rock Hill

Join us as we kick off the 2019 SC Humanities Festival in style with a taste of York County! There will be food trucks and local craft beer, information tables from various humanities groups, as well as entertainment, including a demonstration by the Catawba Indians and the introduction of the new Rock Hill Poet Laureate!

8 pm | “At Home at the Zoo” Johnson Studio Theatre, 115 Johnson Hall

This two-act play By Edward Albee takes place in NYC. With dark humor, it explores both the love and the cruelty that we inflict on each other every day. Tickets: $10 on March 28 + 29; $15 on March 30 + 31.

Drive the Arts: Rock Hill Public Art Tour Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill

Maps for this self-guided tour available at the Center for the Arts or womensartinitiative.org.

Underexposed Film Festival YC – Dina’s Place, Winthrop University

Programming varies by day. For full schedule & more information, visit underexposedfilmfestivalyc.org.

9 am – 4 pm | Visual History Exhibits + Meet & Greet Artists McCelvey Center, 212 East Jefferson St., York

Two small exhibits using objects and artwork from the Culture and Heritage Museum’s permanent collection, highlighting the York County perspective of two different time periods: The American Revolution and World War II. Meet & Greet with artists: Kelly Pauley, a historical painter and Dan Nance, a painter of historical battlefield drama.

9 am – 5 pm | Micro-Fiction Writing Contest Announcement Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 2nd Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill

Micro-fiction writing contest winner will be announced Friday, March 29. Winning submission will be available to read Friday, March 29- Saturday, March 30.

9 am – 5 pm | Drawings & Paintings, works by Marge Moody Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill

Marge Moody’s work is inspired by her experience of places, distant, close to home, and from her imagination. Her work describes the ‘spirit’ of place. She works thematically as each experience may suggest many possible visual outcomes. The work examines boundaries, addresses the fragility of existence, of presence, of absence, and of memory For more information, visit yorkcountyarts.org

10 am – 4 pm | “130 Years of Springs” Exhibit Fort Mill History Museum, 107 Clebourne St., Fort Mill

Springs Industries, Inc., once a leading textile manufacturer, began as an effort to save the lagging economy of a small southern town. It was for the people of Fort Mill that Samuel Elliott White and others organized the Fort Mill Manufacturing Company in 1887. With $52,500 and 10 acres of land, Captain White started a local project that would make Fort Mill the center of a global economy.

10 – 11 am | Lecture McCelvey Center, 212 East Jefferson St., York

 Joseph C. Mester, Culture & Heritage Museums historic preservation manager, talks about the architectural and building traditions of the Carolina Piedmont from its settlement in the mid-eighteenth century to the eve of the American Civil War.

10 – 11:30 am | Grant Writing Workshop Rock Hill Main Library, Moore Room, 138 East Black St.

Led by SC Humanities staff, this free workshop will introduce participants to grants available to institutions planning to host public programs in the humanities. Registration required. Call 803-981-5825 or visit events.yclibrary.org to register.

10 am & 12 pm | Church Architecture Tour The White Home, 258 E. White St., Rock Hill

$5 per person (max. 20 people). Tickets & additional information at historicrockhill.com/tickets

11 am – 12 pm | Winthrop Historians Presentations The Little Chapel at Winthrop University

The Louise Pettus Archives, Dr. Eddie Lee, and Dr. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight join forces to share stories about the history of South Carolina, specifically the Colonial South and Civil Rights.

11 am – 12 pm | Guided Hike Anne Springs Close Greenway 288 Dairy Barn Ln., Fort Mill

Did you know that the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road runs right through the ASC Greenway? Come walk the Wagon Road and learn how an early Buffalo Trail became the main route for the Scots Irish settlers, and played a part in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and visit the two historic cabins. $5 entrance fee for non-members of ASC Greenway.

2 – 3 pm | Lecture McCelvey Center, 212 East Jefferson St., York

Nancy Sambets, Culture & Heritage Museum’s director of archives, highlights the years when the Barnett Bros. Circus quarters were in York.

3 – 5 pm | Walking Tours – York Historic District McCelvey Center, 212 East Jefferson St., York

Yorkville Historical Society offers self-guided & guided tours of the York Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Meet in the McCelvey lobby. Pre-register: YorkvilleHistoricalSociety@gmail.com or call the Greater York Chamber of Commerce at 803.684.2590.

5 – 6 pm | Women of Winthrop University Poetry Readings PM Center for the Arts, 121 E Main St., Rock Hill

Honoring Women’s History Month, Winthrop faculty (including Susan Ludvigson) read their poetry. *Also on Saturday 11 am – 12 pm, Archives at Winthrop

 7 pm | Nocturnal Notions in Your National Park Kings Mountain National Military Park, 2625 Park Rd., Blacksburg

Night time activities such as lantern walk, sky gazing, campfire programs and more.

7:30 pm | Gianni Schicchi Opera Tillman Auditorium, Winthrop University

University Jeffery McEvoy directs this production by Puccini ft. piano and singing in Italian. Adults: $15; Winthrop faculty and staff: $10; Winthrop student ID: $5

8 pm | “At Home at the Zoo” Johnson Studio Theatre, 115 Johnson Hall

This two-act play By Edward Albee takes place in NYC. With dark humor, it explores both the love and the cruelty that we inflict on each other every day. Tickets: $10 on March 28 + 29; $15 on March 30 + 31.

Underexposed Film Festival YC – Dina’s Place, Winthrop University

Programming varies by day. For full schedule & more information, visit underexposedfilmfestivalyc.org.

Drive the Arts: Rock Hill Public Art Tour Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock

Hill Maps for this self-guided tour available at the Center for the Arts or womensartinitiative.org.

9 am – 2 pm | Exhibits: “One More Round of Applause” and “A House of Many Stories” Louise Pettus Archive at Winthrop University

Through displays of books, documents, photographs, the exhibits celebrate 132 years of famous humanitarian guests to campus and writers in the collections.  *also on Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

9 am – 5 pm | Micro-Fiction Writing Contest Announcement Fort Mill Public Library, 1818 2nd Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill

Micro-fiction writing contest winner will be announced Friday, March 29. Winning submission will be available to read Friday, March 29- Saturday, March 30.

10 – 11 am | Guided Hike Anne Springs Close Greenway 288 Dairy Barn Ln., Fort Mill

Did you know that the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road runs right through the ASC Greenway? Come walk the Wagon Road and learn how an early Buffalo Trail became the main route for the Scots Irish settlers, and played a part in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and visit the two historic cabins. $5 entrance fee for non-members of ASC Greenway.

10 am – 12 pm | Underexposed Film Festival YC | Improv, Acting, & Directing Workshop with Rob Adler Dina’s Place, Winthrop University

Celebrity acting coach Rob Adler leads a masterclass for actors and filmmakers in this participatory workshop. Adler will get you out of your head and into delivering spontaneous, realistic performances as you learn to blend improvisation tools into acting techniques that allow you to command with a dynamic screen presence.

10 am – 4 pm | “130 Years of Springs” Exhibit Fort Mill History Museum, 107 Clebourne St., Fort Mill

Springs Industries, Inc., once a leading textile manufacturer, began as an effort to save the lagging economy of a small southern town. It was for the people of Fort Mill that Samuel Elliott White and others organized the Fort Mill Manufacturing Company in 1887. With $52,500 and 10 acres of land, Captain White started a local project that would make Fort Mill the center of a global economy.

10 am – 4 pm | Children’s Day on the Farm Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Rd., McConnells

Get immersed in the agricultural heritage of the Carolina Piedmont during “Children’s Day on the Farm.” The annual family event focuses on farm life in the Carolina Piedmont during the 18th and 19th centuries. *General Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Youth 4-7 $6; free for CHM members and ages 3 and under. Brattonsville Road closed from 9:30 am-4:45 pm Look for detour.

10 am – 4 pm | 18th Century Colonial Festival Kings Mountain National Military Park, 2625 Park Rd, Blacksburg

Immerse yourself in a Colonial celebration.

10:30 – 11:30 am | International Culture Club Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Circle, Lake Wylie

Become an international traveler without leaving the country! Visit Italy and learn about the language, the culture and best of all the food. No passport required. (Ages 5-11)

12 pm | Musical Instrument Petting Zoo York Public Library, 21 E Liberty St, York

Downtown Music Lessons and More will provide a musical instrument petting zoo for all ages. No registration required.

12 – 3 pm | White Home Open House The White Home, 258 E. White St., Rock Hill

Stop by the White Home and tour the historic home and learn the White Family and Rock Hill history. Tickets: $5.

2 pm | Stories of the Women at the Shelter Salvation Army, 119 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill

Winthrop University Arts & Medicine students read poems written by women of the shelter.

2 – 4 pm | Walking Tour – African American Historical Sites Freedom Walkway, Downtown Rock Hill

Join the African American Cultural Resource Association for a walking tour of historical African American sites in downtown Rock Hill.

2 – 3:30 pm | Young Adult Poetry Slam Rock Hill Main Library, 138 E Black St., Rock Hill

Share your spoken word creations in a relaxed atmosphere & compete for fame + gift cards from local sponsors. (Ages 11-17)

2 pm & 4 pm | Walking Tour – Historic Fort Mill Fort Mill History Museum, 107 Clebourne St., Fort Mill

The Museum offers a guided tour of the historic district, including Main Street and the stately Founders House, with a few sips & nibbles along the way. Tours start at the museum. Ticket required ($25); purchase online at FMHM.org.

3 pm | Bicycle Brewery Tour The White Home, 258 E. White St., Rock Hill

Tour Rock Hill’s newest breweries and learn about Rock Hill history on bicycles – $5 per person (drinks not included). Tickets & additional info at historicrockhill.com/tickets

5 – 6 pm | Book Signing with Pat Veasey Historic Brattonsville Visitor Orientation Room

Pat Veasey is an award-winning educator and author whose historical research delves into the lives of the people of the Brattonsville community through the 18th and 19th centuries. Pat will discuss her latest work “Relentless Catharine: Educator, Community Activist, and Author in Antebellum South Carolina.” Light refreshments served. A free reception; Pre-register to mcheek@chmuseums.org.

6:30 – 8 pm | An Evening with The Friendship Nine & City Girls Palmetto Room at McCrory’s, 150 E. White St., Rock Hill

Dr. Adolphus Belk, Jr. hosts a panel of Friendship Nine and City Girls members, pioneers of Rock Hill’s “Jail, No Bail” Civil Rights Movement.

7:30 pm | Gianni Schicchi Opera Tillman Auditorium, Winthrop University 

University Jeffery McEvoy directs this production by Puccini ft. piano and singing in Italian. Adults: $15; Winthrop faculty and staff: $10; Winthrop student ID: $5

8 pm | “At Home at the Zoo” Johnson Studio Theatre, 115 Johnson Hall

This two-act play By Edward Albee takes place in NYC. With dark humor, it explores both the love and the cruelty that we inflict on each other every day. Tickets: $10 on March 28 + 29; $15 on March 30 + 31.

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Thank you, Aiken!

The rich cultural history of Aiken was the focus of the 2018 South Carolina Humanities Festival.  From April 12 to 14, a host of activities—lectures on local history, readings by poets and fiction writers, walking and trolley tours, film screenings, art exhibitions, and special open house events at key sites around town—were the order of the day. More than 1,000 people participated in the many fun and educational events offered. Sponsored by SC Humanities, USC Aiken, and the City of Aiken, the 2018 SC Humanities Festival was a huge success!

A Thank You From Randy Akers

Published as a letter to the editor in The Aiken Standard on April 21, 2018.

Thank you, Aiken.

On behalf of South Carolina Humanities, I would like to thank the citizens of Aiken, Mayor Rick Osbon, City Council, Chancellor Sandra Jordan, and USC Aiken for hosting and sponsoring the 24th annual South Carolina Humanities Festival.

Dr. Tom Mack, festival planning committee chairman, and his committee colleagues did a fabulous job in organizing and planning three days of programs that helped all of us understand the rich history of Aiken and its importance within the state. Lectures, exhibits, tours, and workshops held in numerous cultural facilities not only entertained and informed but also fostered an appreciation of the community and its assets.

Cultural programming adds quality and value to our communities and we salute Aiken for supporting its university and schools, library, museums, churches, African American Center for History, Art, and Culture, and other cultural organizations which contribute to the quality of life in the community.

Randy L. Akers
Executive Director, SC Humanities

Previous Humanities Festival hosts

2018 – Aiken
2017 – Gaffney
2016 – Beaufort
2015 – Camden
2014 – Walterboro
2013 – Summerville
2011 – Sumter
2010 – Chester
2009 – Bennettsville
2008 – Lake City
2007 – Newberry
2006 – Georgetown
2005 – Greenville
2004 – Winnsboro
2003 – Spartanburg
2002 – Pendleton
2001 – Florence
2000 – Beaufort
1999 – Aiken
1997 – Greenwood
1996 – Hartsville
1995 – Beaufort
1994 – Beaufort
1993 – Beaufort

Previous Humanities Festivals

2011 SC Humanities Festival – Sumter – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | pdf file

2013 SC Humanities Festival – Summerville – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | Word document

2014 SC Humanities Festival – Walterboro – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

2015 SC Humanities Festival – Camden – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2016 SC Humanities Festival – Beaufort – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2017 SC Humanities Festival – Gaffney – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2018 SC Humanities Festival – Aiken – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

For more information about the South Carolina Humanities Festival, please contact us.