GTHS Activities


Society members, in forwarding the purpose of GTHS, participate in a variety of activities with other regional historical groups.

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Lynn Rumley of The Southwide Textile Heritage Initiative conducts a seminar on oral history collection for Greenville mill groups

Seminar at I-85 Textile Corridor Annual Meeting hosted by The Greenville Textile Heritage Society

The Society holds quarterly meetings which are open to the public. The meetings are held at a variety of locations and are frequently hosted by local mill historical societies at churches or other facilities within their own mill villages. Most meetings have guest speakers or special presentations, textile displays and food. Society members and other attendees always enjoy the camaraderie, talking, and sharing of memories of mill hill life.

The April 13, 2010 meeting was preceeded by a great buffet prepared by Tommy Stevenson at Tommy’s Ham House

As always, great comaraderie and coversations preceeded the start of the meeting

Tom Perry, author of Textile League Baseball: South Carolina Mill Teams, 1880-1955, assisted by Mac Kirkpatrick, was the guest speaker. Mr. Perry gave a great presentation with slideshow of old photos including the unveiling of a recently found photo of “Shoeless” Joe. (See the Company Store page for ordering info on Mr. Perry’s books on textile sports & Joe Jackson)

Former Textile League Baseball players at the meeting were recognized. Pictured are Joe Anders (Brandon), Jim Reed (American Spinning, & at 92 one of the few folks alive who saw Joe Jackson play), Pete McAbee (Brandon), Charles Crowe (Poinsett), Ronald Harbi (Woodside), Sam Ramsey (Dunean) and Rock Stone (Piedmont & grandson of Champ Osteen)

All the players related anecdotes about their Textile League baseball experiences

January 2010 GTHS Quarterly Meeting hosted by The Monaghan Historical Society at Monaghan United Methodist Church. The Monaghan Society provided a soup, cornbread and dessert supper before the meeting.

Rev. Bob Keely, pastor of Monaghan United Methodist, welcomes GTHS members.

John Hall, GTHS Secretary, gives update on GTHS past and future activities

William W Brown, board chairman of the Legacy Charter Schools and CEO of Family Legacy, Inc., discusses and fields questions about the purchase of the Parker High School campus and plans for the move of Fuller Normal to the campus.

Dr. Marshall Williams closes the January 2010 open meeting

Chairman, Don Harkins, updates the membership on society accomplishments and future goals at a meeting hosted by The Dunean Historical Society at Dunean Baptist Church.

Beth Roddy, Dunean Mill Coordinator, welcomes everyone to a meeting hosted by The Dunean Historical Society

Everyone is always willing to share new historical information at meetings

Richard Sawyer, Society archivist, works with members to identify newly found photos

Jim Rumley of The Southwide Textile Initiative, guest speaker, gives an update on textile heritage activities along the I-85 corridor

John Hall, GTHS secretary and Woodside Mill Coordinator, speaks to the Society about growing up in the Woodside Mill Village

Dr. Marshall Williams, Mills Mill Coordinator, tells some “tales” about mill village life

Signing up a new Society member

Peggy Carson Foster, guest speaker, talks about her teaching career in mill village schools

Enjoying a meal hosted by Skatell’s Jewelers at Washington Avenue Baptist ChurchAlways good conversations at Society meetings

Always good conversations at Society meetings

Guest speaker, Robert Thomas of the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, talks about using video to record textile histories

Special Guest Pam Meister, Executive Director of Greenville’s Upcountry History Museum, talks about the museum’s new relationship with GTHS in hosting the annual Greenville Textile Heritage Festival

Textile Display at meeting hosted by The Piedmont Historical Society

Don “Saluda Sam” Roper, Piedmont Mills Coordinator, welcomes the Society to a meeting hosted by The Piedmont Historical Society at the Piedmont Community Center

There’s always good conversations at Society meetings

Dr. Michael Moore, Director of The Greenville Textile Heritage Band, gives an update on the band’s schedule of performances

Entertainment at a Society Meeting