Celebration Reception In Honor of the Dr. Robert Crawford Native American Artifact Collection


We invite you and your friends to celebrate with us along with others involved in the preservation of Native American Artifacts and Laurens County History!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Drop in 5:30 -7:30 PM

Laurens County Museum

205 West Laurens Street

Laurens, SC 29360

The Dr. J. Robert Crawford Native American Artifact Collection Is now completely debt free and on display at the Laurens County Museum 205 West Laurens Street, Laurens, SC.

The new museum on the Square will be open for visitors to see renovation progress and where the museum collections will be housed as we move forward. If you have never been in the Laurens County Museum you will be amazed at the scope of artifacts from all areas of Laurens County history on display along with Native American Artifacts.

*For more information contact Debbie Vaughn (864) 683-3688 or Robby Bell (803)924-8787.

Please join us!

Monthly board meetings are held the first Thursday of each month. Open to the public. Come early to sign up for comment time!

Many thanks to Chris Rinehart at USC-Union, instructor and author Richard Fowler, and Sarah Jane Armstrong, historian and the person who knows who to call and helps organize more events than we will ever know.
The class will meet six (6) Mondays, May 15-June 19, from 5:30-6:45 PM, at the USC-Union Laurens location, with a field trip to the Laurens County Museum to be scheduled sometime during the class.  The museum will collect the $50 fee and give receipts.  Mr. Fowler and USC-Union have very generously offered to have all fees go to the museum.  The “Discovering Laurens County” book will be used as a guide for the class. Both School Districts 55 and 56 will offer professional development and re-certification credits to their teachers for taking the class.

Summer History Camp for Kids

July 17-21, 2017


Who:   Rising 5th-8th Graders

Where:   Laurens County Museum, Witherspoon Building on the Public Square in Laurens

Cost:   $25. Includes 5 days of instruction, admission to sites, transportation, snacks, t-shirt. Lunch will be provided free of cost each day beginning approximately 12:30 pm; provided by a school in District 55 as part of the school nutrition program

Time/Location:    Drop off at 8:30 am at the Witherspoon Building, pick up by parents at 1:00 pm at school TBD in Laurens District 55.

Transportation:    We will be using buses provided by Laurens District 55. Driver approved by school district.

Schedule for the Week

Days will begin at 8:30 am with brief presentation from Jeff Parks for students. From 8:45 to 9:15, students will use primary sources to explore the topic. At 9:15, students will board bus for site visit. Will return to Laurens for lunch at approximately 12:30 pm, parents will pick up at 1:00 pm from a Laurens District 55 school TBD. Tentative Schedule (subject to availability)

• 7/18 –  Trip to Simple Times Farm as part of Colonial America Unit

• 7/19 –  Trip to Musgrove Mill as part of Revolutionary America Unit

• 7/20 –  Trip to Rose Hill Plantation as part of Antebellum America Unit

• 7/21 –  Trip to Inman Mills in Enoree as part of Textile South Unit

• 7/22 –  Trip to Sanders Middle as part of Civil Rights Unit


*We will have a celebration at Sanders to celebrate the graduation with parents being invited. Schedule will be slightly different this day. We will order out pizza and have a celebration for students, parents, and Museum Board members will begin at around 11:15 am.


Meet Our Director Jeff Parks is a high school Social Studies teacher at Woodruff High School.  He is currently in this thirteenth year of teaching. During his career, Jeff has taught AP American Government, AP United States History, World History, and Economics.

One of the things that he enjoys about American history is how the lessons of our past help us to understand so much about our present and our future.


Please Join Us!

Board meetings are held every month on the first Thursday of each month at 6pm. and are open to the public.

Time is set aside for public comment time so please come early and sign in!


Saturday January 14, 2017

9 AM- 1 PM

All committee members and guests

2017 Assignments and Duties


Questions or Requests?

Contact Robbie or Tana (refer “Team Page”)



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