New ‘White Christmas’ Exhibit Makes First Stop at Upcountry History Museum
Costumes, Props and Memorabilia from Classic 1954 Movie Among Featured Works
Though there’s no snow in the forecast, anticipation is building for a white Christmas as the Upcountry History Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, brings White Christmas – The Exhibition, the first traveling exhibition dedicated to the classic 1954 movie, to Greenville on Saturday, November 14, 2020.
Comprised of memorabilia from the permanent collection at the Rosemary Clooney House Museum in Augusta, Kentucky, – and the largest known White Christmas movie collection in the world – visitors can see original costumes worn by the movie’s stars, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye, as well as authentic props used in the film. Some of the more unforgettable items include the famous blue dresses worn by Clooney and Vera-Ellen when they sang “Sisters,” other costumes designed by legendary Oscar award-winning designer Edith Head, military uniforms worn by the stars during filming, as well as the very recognizable sleigh seen gliding across the snow carrying cheery revelers as the movie ends.
Few films generate more nostalgia than White Christmas with its legendary actors and iconic music, especially the Crosby hit of the same name. This classic holiday musical has created a life of its own for people of all ages and from all walks of life as it highlights the connections between U.S. military veterans, friendships forged in an effort to help others, and, of course, the undercurrent of romance between characters, as well as the promise of a happy ending.
In addition to the opening of White Christmas, on display through January 30, 2021, the Museum is also pleased to announce its involvement with Operation Waverly, a program initiated as a way for communities displaying the exhibition to support local veterans’ organizations. The Museum and Fellow Countrymen (https://fellowcountrymen.org/) are partnering to collect items to help Greater Greenville’s homeless veterans. And now, even if you can’t travel to Greenville, that dream can become a reality thanks to the new virtual tour option available exclusively with the Museum! In response to the tremendous demand to see the exhibition, the UCHM team has created a virtual tour complete with a Q & A session to give people from all across the country an opportunity to see this iconic extraordinary exhibition. Attached is a media release with the details. The exhibition is on display through January 30, 2021, and these virtual tours will be available for the duration. Thanks so much for all you do to share Museum news, events and programming. We really appreciate it!
The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville, S.C. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please note, the Museum adheres to a mandatory mask requirement for visitors ages 10 years and older. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit www.upcountryhistory.org.