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Greer Chamber to Feature Guest Speaker Dr. Courtney Tollison at September First Friday Luncheon

August 26, 2008

(GREER, SC) The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce announces that Dr. Courtney Tollison, Museum Historian at the Upcountry History Museum and Assistant Professor of History at Furman University, will be the guest speaker at the September First Friday Luncheon. Tollison will be speaking on, “The Chaos of ’68: Upcountry South Carolina in a Changing World”

CommunitySouth Bank & Trust is the First Friday Presenting Sponsor of the Year and Wachovia is the featured September sponsor.

Dr. Courtney Tollison is Museum Historian at the Upcountry History Museum and Assistant Professor of History at Furman University in Greenville, SC. A native Greenvillian, Dr. Tollison earned undergraduate degrees in history and women’s studies from Furman University. She continued her education at the University of South Carolina where she earned a graduate certificate in women’s studies and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in History. Her research interests include the civil rights movement, upcountry South Carolina history, oral history, women’s history, and the history of Furman University.  She has authored numerous articles and published a book about the history of Furman University. Her current research involves upcountry residents’ contributions to the World War II effort and the impact of the war on upcountry South Carolina. In 2006, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce awarded Dr. Tollison their inaugural Young Professional of the Year Award. Dr. Tollison also received the upstate chapter of the Association for Women in Communication’s Communicator of the Year award for her work in developing Furman University’s Oral History Program. Dr. Tollison serves on the Alumni Board of Christ Church Episcopal School, Furman University’s Young Alumni Council, and the board of the Carolina Ballet Theatre.

Luncheon Details:

 Friday, September 5, 2008
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Place: Cottages at Brushy Creek, 101 Cottage Creek Circle located off of Buncombe Rd
Price: $10.00 for Chamber Members, $15 for non-members

Reservations required. RSVP online at

For more information about the First Friday Luncheon event, contact the Greer Chamber office at (864) 877-3131 or visit

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 590 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is “To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community.”  For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit


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