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!
Monthly board meetings are held the first Thursday of each month.

Open to the public.

Come early to sign up for comment time!

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”)

Laurens County Museum would like to express our most sincere condolences to the Burns family. A great contributor to our community, our board member and friend, Russ Burns will be greatly missed.

Raymond Russell (Russ) Burns, Jr., son of the late R.R. Burns, Sr. and the late Thelma Stroman Burns passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016, after a long battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years Judith Ann Ayer Burns and two daughters, Carol Ann Burns and Roxana Melanie Burns, and a son-in-law, Jon Roper.

Russ was a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he earned both a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Journalism. Having earned a commission in the U.S. Air Force while in college, Russ served as Commander of an intelligence flight during the Vietnam War and later was Assistant Operations Officer. Returning to Laurens, he joined the staff of Laurens County School District 55 where he served as a classroom teacher, federal funds coordinator, and eventually Director of Technology. Russ was a longtime Rotarian serving the Laurens Club for almost 50 years in a variety of positions including Club Secretary, Club President, and Secretary of Rotary District 7750.

Because of his lifetime love of the natural world, Russ helped found the Upper Savannah Land Trust and served on its board for more than a dozen years. He was also a member of South Carolina Nature Conservancy and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League.

His love of nature also led Russ to produce many personal essays about the natural world, which were widely published. Russ’ penchant for writing eventually led to the development of Discovering Laurens County, a history of the county, which he and a dozen others with a deep interest in Laurens County are writing and editing as a five-volume set.

Russ also had a deep interest in archaeology. He served for many years on the Board of the S.C. Archaeology Research Trust and two terms as Chair of the Trust. Russ also joined the board of the Laurens County Museum Association and was instrumental in developing the new museum on the Square in Laurens.

The family will have a visitation on Friday, September 23, 2016, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at The Kennedy Mortuary. A private family service and burial will be held on the family farm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one of the organizations that Russ was so passionate about (mentioned above) or to Hospice of Laurens County, P.O. Box 178, Clinton, SC 29325.

Condolences can be expressed to the family

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