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Upcountry History Museum exhibit War Dogs pays tribute to human, canine warriors

As the service and sacrifice of the nation’s veterans is recognized this month, the Upcountry History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is honored to be one of only a few museums in the country selected to host its newest exhibition, War Dogs: Never Above You, Never Below You, Always Beside You.

In conjunction with the exhibit, all veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive free admission to the museum while the exhibition is on display through February 27, 2022, thanks to the generosity of Lockheed Martin.

To commemorate Veterans Day on November 11, the Museum’s Lunchbox Learning program on November 10 from Noon until 1:00 p.m. will feature Julie Schrock, Gold Star Mother of Corporal Max Donahue (USMC) and author of “Missing Max,” and retired Master Sergeant Chris Willingham, USMC, and current U.S. War Dogs Association president.

Schrock will share stories about her son, his “service over self” attitude as a Marine, and his love of being the handler for Fenji, his trusted military working dog. She will also detail her journey of hope, faith and love through the days, weeks and months following his injury and then his death.

Willingham served as a Military Working Dog (MWD) handler, trainer, instructor, and program manager during his 20-year military career. He will recount experiences that he and his MWD Lucca had as they conducted numerous operations in Iraq and Afghanistan where they are credited with saving many lives. Lucca lived with Willingham and his family after she was retired from military service.

The Lunchbox Learning program is free for UHM Members and included with general admission for all other guests. It will be presented in-person and virtually. Go HERE to purchase tickets.

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Upcountry History Museum, 540 Buncombe Street, Greenville SC, (864) 467-2100, www.upcountryhistory.org.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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