Crossroads Schedule of Events

From September 8, 2018 to June 29, 2019, Crossroads: Change in Rural America will travel to six communities across South Carolina. Each community is planning special programs related to their local history and culture to accompany the exhibit. This schedule lists many of these exciting events!

Union, SC | September 8 – October 21, 2018
Denmark, SC | October 27 – December 9, 2018
Newberry, SC | December 16, 2018 – February 3, 2019
Hopkins, SC | February 9 – March 24, 2019
Barnwell, SC | March 30 – May 12, 2019
Dillon, SC | May 18 – June 29, 2019

Union, SC

September 8 – October 21, 2018
The Smithsonian exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America will be on display at the Union County Library System (300 E South St, Union, SC 29379)
Hours of operation:
Mondays –  Thursdays – 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sundays – CLOSED
For more information contact Taylor Atkinson, 864-427-7140

Saturday, September 8 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Grand Opening Event
This will be the grand re-opening of the renovated and restored Union County Library as well as the opening of the Crossroads exhibit.
Ribbon Cutting
Guest Speaker: Marjory Wentworth, Poet Laureate of South Carolina
Light refreshments
Info: 864-427-7140

Saturday, October 6 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Communal Pen Writing Workshop
In the Communal Pen workshop, facilitators EboniRamm and Michelle Ross will help participants write to celebrate and explore connections to place and community.
No previous experience necessary!
Learn more from the flier!
Location: Union County Library System, 300 E South St, Union, SC 29379
Info: 864-427-7140
FREE but pre-registration requested here

DATE TBD
Part 1 of “The History of Union County” with Dr. Allan Charles, Professor Emeritus of History at USC Union
Location: Union County Carnegie Library, 300 E South St, Union, SC 29379
Info: 864-427-7140

DATE TBD
Part 2 of “The History of Union County” with Dr. Allan Charles, Professor Emeritus of History at USC Union
Location: Union County Carnegie Library, 300 E South St, Union, SC 29379
Info: 864-427-7140

DATE TBD
Part 3 of “The History of Union County” with Dr. Allan Charles, Professor Emeritus of History at USC Union
Location: Union County Carnegie Library, 300 E South St, Union, SC 29379
Info: 864-427-7140

Ongoing:
Companion Exhibit at the Union County
Museum
127 W Main St, Union, SC 29379
Info: 864-429-5081

Ongoing:
StoryWalk on Main Street
In partnership with the Union County Literacy Council, Union County Library System will put up a related StoryWalk in the shops downtown on Main Street. The book will be posted in the shop windows on Main Street businesses throughout September and October – families are encouraged to walk up and down Main Street to read the story and shop locally.

Denmark, SC

October 27 – December 9, 2018
The Smithsonian exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America will be on display at Voorhees College (Wright-Potts Library), 5480 Voorhees Rd, Denmark, SC 29042
Hours of operation:
Mondays – Thursdays – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fridays – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sundays – By appointment

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
Changes in Church Music in the Rural Community
Including discussions of hymns, common meter songs, and gospel
Location: Voorhees College (Massachusetts Hall), Denmark, SC
See the campus map
Free and open to the public
Info: 803-780-1225

Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
Rural Women of Yesteryear and Today
Including discussions of social life, family life, and religion
Location: Voorhees College (Massachusetts Hall), Denmark, SC
See the campus map
Free and open to the public
Info: 803-780-1225

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
Stories from Senior Citizens Living in Bamberg County
Panel discussion about growing up in Bamberg County
Location: Voorhees College (Massachusetts Hall), Denmark, SC
See the campus map
Free and open to the public
Info: 803-780-1225

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Communal Pen Writing Workshop
In the Communal Pen workshop, facilitators EboniRamm and Michelle Ross will help participants write to celebrate and explore connections to place and community.
No previous experience necessary!
Learn more from the flier!
Location: Wright-Potts Library (Student Lounge on First Floor, adjacent to the exhibit), Voorhees College in Denmark, SC
Info: 803-780-1225
FREE but pre-registration requested here

Newberry

December 16, 2018 – February 3, 2019
The Smithsonian exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America will be on display at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St, Newberry, SC 29108
Hours of operation:
Mondays – Fridays – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fridays – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sundays – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
Extended hours on show days.
**Holiday closings:
Closing at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve
Closed on December 25 and December 26
Closed January 1

Sunday, December 16, 2018 | 4:00 p.m.
Grand Opening and Ribbon
Cutting
Movie Newberry In Color 1948
Keynote Speaker Randy Cohen, VP Americans for the Arts
Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St, Newberry, SC 29108
Open to the public

Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Communal Pen: A Writing Workshop Celebrating Memories, Stories, and Traditions of Place

In the Communal Pen workshop, facilitators EboniRamm and Michelle Ross will help participants write to celebrate and explore connections to place and community.
No previous experience necessary!
Learn more from the flier!
Location: Newberry Arts Center, 1200 Main Street, Newberry, SC
FREE and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Register online here

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
South Carolina Backroads and Lost Traditions
Presented by Tom Poland
Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St, Newberry, SC 29108
Open to the public

Hopkins, SC

February 9 – March 24, 2019
The Smithsonian exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America will be on display at the historic Harriet Barber House (116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins SC 29061)
Hours of operation:
Mondays – Fridays – 10:00 a.m. until  2:00 p.m.
Saturdays – 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
**Group tours available by appointment. Contact: sercoevents@gmail.com or 803.261.5596.

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Grand Opening

12:00 p.m. – Grand Opening Reception with visual arts show featuring Artist Johnathan Green
Location: Ulysses R. Barber Auditorium, Hopkins Middle School, 1601 Clarkson Road, Hopkins, SC 29061
1:30 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting & Exhibit Tour, Official Grand Opening
Location: Historic Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins, SC 29061
Guests must respond by February 4; please call 803-788-7185 or email marieadams@att.net

Saturday, February 162019 | 11:00 a.m.
Strong Threads Festival
Location: St. John Holistic Wellness Center, 230 J.W. Neal Circle, Hopkins, SC 29061

Strong Threads is an annual ONE DAY Festival with Music, Dancing, Workshops, Food & Entertainment. The ever popular STRONG THREADS event is a unique opportunity to celebrate and educate the community through entertainment about African American History and culture and the rich heritage of Lower Richland County.

There will be dancing, singing, live music, entertainment, performers, food and non- food vendors, workshops, youth games and more! Admission is FREE!

Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.
Oral Histories and Book Signings 
Location: Victory Hall, Jerusalem Baptist Church, 159 Old Clarkson Road, Hopkins, SC 29061
The Lower Richland Heritage & Genealogy Society presents a screening of Kindred Connections: Sharing Our Stories ~ Oral History Interviews: Ada Young Hopkins of Kingsville, Joe Richardson of Lykesland, Pelham Myers, Sr. {late) of Hopkins, and Sarah Shiver Green of Gadsden. Also, local and other noted authors will participate in book signings.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 12:00 p.m.
Front Porch Music

Location: Historic Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins, SC 29061
John Barber, Jr. at age 96, recalls hearing distant dueling guitars playing the Blues on Friday nights on the porch of Alston’s Cafe’ or the Gorman  Store  in  the  Village  of  Hopkins. As a young boy, Johnny Barber sat with a bunch of Neal cousins’ on their long front porch and sang songs or listened to “cup” music from a Victrola. SERCO will present several musicians on the Front Porch of the Historic Harriet Barber House. Food Vendors will offer Tastes of Lower Richland, and guests will be able to view the Smithsonian Exhibit – CROSSROADS: Changes in Rural America. Exhibit Admission: $4.00 Adults, $2.00 Youth (FREE Parking and Entertainment).