Current Exhibits

In the Special Collections Library exhibit area July 1, 2015 to July 29, 2016:

The Founding of Clemson University: A Confluence of People, Ideas, Time and Place

This exhibit looks at the people, ideas, events and place combined to create a land grant college in the upstate of South Carolina in the late 19th century.  It is a story of circumstances, perseverance, tragedy, politics, exclusion and compromise which reflects the complicated times in which it occurred.  The exhibit covers over 100 years of history and incorporates primary source materials from the Special Collections Library, including material from the Thomas Clemson Papers, Benjamin Ryan Tillman Papers and Richard Wright Simpson Papers.

Thomas Clemson c1865



In R.M. Cooper Library through July 29, 2016:

Hanover House Turns 300

This exhibit celebrates 300 years of the historic Hanover House by featuring documents and photographs from Clemson University’s Special Collections & Archives.  The 1716 French Huguenot colonial structure moved from the lower part of South Carolina to Clemson’s campus in 1941. There it was restored and opened as a historic house museum. In 1994, the house moved off campus to the South Carolina Botanical Garden.  See the exhibit “Hanover House Turns 300” to learn more about the history of this small but historically and architecturally important house. Then stop by the Botanical Garden to tour Hanover House and wish it a Happy 300th Birthday.

Hanover House move