Gifts for local history buffs


Museum gift shop has books, post cards, toys for sale

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Most of these books for sale in the gift shop of the Union County Museum tell some of the many stories from the history of Union County. The museum’s gift shop has books about the history of the county and South Carolina, post cards depicting the history and landmarks of the county, art work depicting local scenes, and even toys for sale.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The gift shop of the Union County Museum is the only place you can buy postcards featuring the landmarks and history of Union County. In addition to the postcards, the museum’s gift shop has books about the history of the county and South Carolina, art work depicting local scenes, and even toys for sale.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times This postcard features the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in the downtown Union area. It is one of a number of postcards depicting local landmarks and other aspects of Union County’s history carried by the Union County Museum’s gift shop. The gift shop carries not only the postcards, but also books on the county’s history, art work depicting local scenes, and children’s toys.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION — The Union County Museum not only provides visitors with the opportunity to browse the relics of Union County past but also to shop and purchase items that can further inform them about that past.

When you enter the museum from Main Street in downtown Union, the first thing you see is a cannon pointing at you. This is one of the many items on exhibit on the main floor of the museum that invites visitors to learn more about the county’s fascinating, colorful, and, at times, violent history.

As you walk past the cannon, either to its left or its right, you will see more items from Union County’s past, each with their own story that the museum’s staff will be more than happy to tell you about and help you deepen your knowledge and understanding of the items and the people who owned, used, and even made them.

If you walk to the left of the cannon, you’ll come to a separate section of the museum’s main floor which is further divided into sections including the office of the museum director; the archives which themselves draw many visitors looking to research the history of the county and the people — including their ancestors — who have played their part in that history; and, finally, the gift shop which provides visitors with an opportunity to take home chronicles of the history of Union County.

“We have things for sale in there including books,” Director Ola Jean Kelly said. “The books are primarily on the history of Union County and the history of South Carolina.”

Kelly pointed out that in many instances the museum is the only source of many of the books on the history of Union County. She added that, in one instance, the museum, in response to a request, mailed a copy of one of those books to South Korea.

“This is the only place you can purchase the ‘Heritage’ book that came out in 1981 as well as the ‘Land Grant Map’ book,” Kelly said. “We mailed the Land Grant Map book to the American embassy in Seoul, South Korea. We just assumed the person who’d ordered it had some connection to Union County.

“We also have copies of Robert Mills’ 1825 map of Union County,” Kelly said. “We also have the ‘Southern Harmony’ book with CD by William “Billy” Walker. We understand that the Southern Harmony book is no longer available anywhere else.”

In the age of the Internet, email and social media are increasingly the main ways people keep in touch with one another. Despite this, hard copy communications in the form of letters and postcards continue to be used. One of the appeals of postcards is that they often feature pictures of things that people find pleasing to the eye and that they want to share with others or collect for themselves.

For those interested in the history of Union County, the museum bookstore carries postcards depicting local landmarks as well as scenes from the county’s past.

“We are the only place in Union County that sells Union postcards,” Kelly said. “Our postcards are of places in Union County including the Old Union Railway Station; Monarch Mill, Union Mill, and Buffalo Mill; street scenes in Union dating back to the mid-1800s; the 1960 version of Wallace Thomson Hospital; Union County Courthouse; the First Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church.”

Kelly said the gift shop is also one of the locations in Union that offers original art by Betsy Skipper depicting streetscapes, the museum itself, and the Cross Keys House. She said the gift shop also has large selections of Eola Dent prints.

In addition to items that appeal to adults, Kelly said the gift shop also offers toys for children, toys that would be familiar to children of previous generations.

“We have wooden toys from the late 1800s and early 1900s,” Kelly said. “They’re for sale, but the kids can try them out first on the toy table.”

Kelly added that while gift shop items can be purchased at the museum, its merchandise is also available for sale online.

With Christmas approaching and the search already on for gifts and stocking stuffers, if you have a loved one who loves history, especially Union County’s history and would be interested in a gift or gifts that help tell the story of that history, check out the gift shop at the Union County Museum, 127 W. Main St., Union, or go online at www.unioncountymuseum.com.

The Union County Museum is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about the museum and its gift shop and other services it provides, call 864-429-5081.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Most of these books for sale in the gift shop of the Union County Museum tell some of the many stories from the history of Union County. The museum’s gift shop has books about the history of the county and South Carolina, post cards depicting the history and landmarks of the county, art work depicting local scenes, and even toys for sale.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-Gift-Shop.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Most of these books for sale in the gift shop of the Union County Museum tell some of the many stories from the history of Union County. The museum’s gift shop has books about the history of the county and South Carolina, post cards depicting the history and landmarks of the county, art work depicting local scenes, and even toys for sale.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The gift shop of the Union County Museum is the only place you can buy postcards featuring the landmarks and history of Union County. In addition to the postcards, the museum’s gift shop has books about the history of the county and South Carolina, art work depicting local scenes, and even toys for sale.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-Gift-Shop-2.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times The gift shop of the Union County Museum is the only place you can buy postcards featuring the landmarks and history of Union County. In addition to the postcards, the museum’s gift shop has books about the history of the county and South Carolina, art work depicting local scenes, and even toys for sale.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times This postcard features the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in the downtown Union area. It is one of a number of postcards depicting local landmarks and other aspects of Union County’s history carried by the Union County Museum’s gift shop. The gift shop carries not only the postcards, but also books on the county’s history, art work depicting local scenes, and children’s toys.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-Gift-Shop-3.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times This postcard features the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in the downtown Union area. It is one of a number of postcards depicting local landmarks and other aspects of Union County’s history carried by the Union County Museum’s gift shop. The gift shop carries not only the postcards, but also books on the county’s history, art work depicting local scenes, and children’s toys.
Museum gift shop has books, post cards, toys for sale

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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