History at the McCelvey on Mar 29

For Immediate Release: Mar. 22, 2019

Contact: Marie Cheek, Community Relations for Culture & Heritage Museums

803.818.6767 mcheek@chmuseums.org


Historians, artists, and exhibits come together for “History at the McCelvey” on Mar. 29 as part of the 2019 S.C. Humanities Festival

YORK, S.C. – Culture & Heritage Museums will be hosting History at the McCelvey on Mar. 29. The free event will feature temporary exhibits, special presentations in the Lowry Theater, and an opportunity to meet painters of regional historical events and view their original artwork. The day long event is part of the county wide 2019 S.C. Humanities Festival.

History at the McCelvey highlights an array of time periods from the Carolina Piedmont’s perspective. Reservations are encouraged; contact MCheek@chmuseums.org.

The McCelvey Center is located at 212 East Jefferson Street York, S.C. 29745.

History at the McCelvey on Mar. 29 - itinerary is as follows:

“Fireside Chats” from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. A temporary installation from Culture & Heritage Museums’ collections sets the scene of a 1940’s living room in York County. President Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats, recorded from actual broadcasts from 1930-1945, play on the radio.

Meet + Greet artists; original paintings on exhibit from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Rarely publically exhibited original paintings will be on display at the McCelvey. The exhibit includes 10 original works of art that were commissioned by Culture & Heritage Museums. The paintings visually tell the story of the Carolina Backcountry’s role in the American Revolution. Meet & Greet the artists: Kelly Pauley, a historical portrait painter and Dan Nance, a painter of historical battlefield drama. Both artists will be available to discuss their work.


Lectures in the theater

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Joseph C. Mester, Culture & Heritage Museums’ historic preservation manager, will be presenting 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.

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Nancy Sambets, Culture & Heritage Museums’ director of archives will be highlighting the years, 1929-1945, when the Barnett Bros. Circus quarters were located in York.


York Historical District Walking Tours from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Meet in the McCelvey lobby. Yorkville Historical Society will be offering self-guided tours of the York Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pre-register suggested; please email YorkvilleHistoricalSociety@gmail.com or call the Greater York Chamber of Commerce at 803.684.2590.


About the S.C. Humanities Festival:

S.C. Humanities has sponsored the annual Humanities Festival in communities throughout the state since 1993. 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.

Visit York County is hosting the 2019 S.C. Humanities Festival and is collaborating with various organizations throughout York County to provide a unique outlook on the area’s culture and heritage. This is the first time for York County to host the annual three day festival. For the full festival schedule go to https://visityorkcounty.com/

About the McCelvey Center:

The McCelvey Center is the original site of the Yorkville Female Academy, which was founded in 1852 by Bethel Presbytery and considered to be one of South Carolina’s leading schools for women at that time. Today it includes the 500-seat Lowry Family Theater, noted for its remarkable acoustics and lovely 1920s ambiance. One of Culture & Heritage Museums’ four sites, the McCelvey focuses on the unique heritage of the Carolina Piedmont through the performing arts and provides a quality venue for community enrichment.