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Celebrate across generations with “White Christmas – The Exhibition,” at the UHM


Chris Worthy  |  Upstate Parent

“White Christmas” rings in the holiday season

The odds rarely favor a white Christmas here in the Upstate, but families can still get in the snowy spirit with “White Christmas – The Exhibition,” open through Jan. 30 at the Upcountry History Museum. 

The exhibition is dedicated to the to the classic 1954 movie, which starred Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye. It features original props, memorabilia and costumes, including iconic costumes designed by Edith Head. 

Miss America 2000 Heather French Henry, along with her husband, owns the exhibition and the Rosemary Clooney House, now a museum in Augusta, Ky.

“Rosemary and I are from the same area, Augusta and Maysville, Ky.,” Henry said.

Henry grew up in the same area with the Clooney family, including Rosemary’s nephew, actor George Clooney, but did not get to know the “quintessential female crooner” well until Henry was named Miss America. 

“She was literally the second call I received,” Henry said. “We built a great friendship. When she passed away, her family reached out to see if we wanted to purchase her home.”

Henry was able to secure original “White Christmas” costumes and more to display in the home. The exhibition is one that enchants grandparents, parents and children, according to Henry.

“What I love is the intergenerational idea of visiting the exhibit,” she said. “Parents and grandparents love to share the idea of this movie – the music, the costumes, but even more importantly, the plot. The entire plot of this movie is to say thank you to Gen. Waverly for his sacrifice and service in World War II.”

Henry has worked with veterans, including serving with Honor Flights, for the past 20 years. 

“When you get a chance to hear about their history, it really builds in you this inherent desire to want to celebrate that service that they gave our country,” she said. “That’s a lesson you can teach any generation.”

In keeping with the spirit of the exhibition, the Upcountry History Museum is partnering with Operation Waverly and Fellow Countrymen (fellowcountrymen.org/) to collect items to help Greater Greenville’s homeless veterans.

The museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays. Masks are required for visitors ages 10 years and older. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit www.upcountryhistory.org.