Fabric of the Past

Weaving the Twentieth Century at the Beaumont Mill and Village in South Carolina

Did you know that USC Upstate recently received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to explore textile heritage with 72 visiting educators from across the nation during July 2022? Fabric of the Past: Weaving the Twentieth Century at the Beaumont Mill and Village in South Carolina is a NEH Landmarks in American History and Culture Grant that tells the story of Beaumont Mill.

During a series of one-week workshops for educators of grades 6 through 12, participants will deepen their understanding of American history through a place-based exploration of Beaumont Textile Mill and Village. Educators will explore the themes of early twentieth-century industrialization, race relations at the onset of Jim Crow segregation, class and labor friction during the Progressive Era and Great Depression, gender dynamics during World War II, the mill’s closure at the end of the last century, and the mill’s repurposing and renewal at the start of this century. Educators will learn inquiry-based instruction methodologies that incorporate primary sources, oral histories, and local landmarks to engage students in experiential learning and community-based history.

The workshop aligns with the NEH’s “A More Perfect Union” initiative, promoting a deeper understanding of American history and culture.

What this means: While NEH funding covers the program objectives of the grant, we are calling on the support of the textile industry to help make the visit of each educator more memorable as they tour Spartanburg County learning the history and legacy of textiles.

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