Honoring Our Veterans
A North Greenville University Celebration of Service
U.S. Military Veterans who are members of the North Greenville Family and veterans across the Upstate region are invited to a reception in your honor on Monday, October 29, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville. Join us in this recognition of service, which will include remarks from Dr. Bill McManus.
The evening includes touring the museum’s current exhibit “Answering The Call: From Recruit to the Front Lines of World War I.” Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served and guests will have the opportunity to visit before and after a program celebrating the heroic service of our veterans.
Dr. McManus served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy for 25 years. A frequent speaker across the Upstate, he currently is a professor of psychology at North Greenville University.
Space is limited. Please RSVP today by clicking the register tab below.
William G. McManus, Ph.D.
Chair of the Psychology Department
Dr. William (Bill) McManus holds a Doctorate in Christian Counseling and Religious Education from International University of Graduate Studies, a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Furman University. Dr. McManus holds Clinical membership in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and completed three Quarters of C.P.E. (Clinical Pastoral Education). He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Prior to joining the faculty in 1999, he completed more than 25 years on active duty with the U S Navy. Dr. McManus entered the Navy as a Chaplain with the rank of LTJg in 1969 and retired in 1994 with the rank of Captain. His various assignments included serving as a hospital chaplain in Beaufort, SC; completing an intensive 30 day training in marriage relationships conducted by the Marriage Council of Philadelphia and completing a year’s Pastoral Care Residency at the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital. In addition, Dr. McManus served as a group facilitator for two years in Albany, GA under the supervision of Dr. Graham Coates, MD. Dr. McManus and his wife Jean have conducted many marriage retreats throughout their career. They have three sons and five grandchildren. Dr. McManus is an ordained minister and is active in a local church. His passion is training and encouraging students in the field of counseling. He is an integrationist in that he deeply appreciates the contributions of Psychology in the field of counseling and is committed to the supremacy of Scripture and the work of the Holy Spirit in the healing process. Dr. McManus enjoys running and working on his classic car- 1941 modified Ford.
Upcountry History Museum
World War I. The Great War. The “war to end all wars.”
It was a war that began on July 28, 1914, and saw major nations of the world mobilize armies into expected alliances. It was also a war that three years later on April 6, 1917, brought the United States into its first major international conflict since its own battle for independence.
Despite being woefully unprepared for war – possessing a standing national army of less than 200,000 soldiers, a lack of equipment, munitions and training facilities, no process for supplying and transporting an army, and garnering more support for neutrality as opposed to entering a conflict not of its own making and on foreign soil – the U.S. rallied with extraordinary speed to overcome these initial hurdles as it found itself now drawn into battle.
As the first members of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) arrived in Europe in June 1917, the impact of their presence was both immediate and steadying. The Doughboys proved up to the challenges presented by this new industrialized war, persevering in unimaginable conditions, forging through horrors of trench warfare, and solidifying a greater understanding of America’s role in the world, as well as the sacrifices required for democracy and peace.
Answering the Call…From Recruit to the Front Lines of WWI a special exhibition at the Upcountry History Museum presents an overview of the influence “the Great War” had on the course of history, as well as some of the notable advancements made to the modern world as a result.
Focusing on the experience from a recruit’s perspective, this artifact-rich exhibit will draw visitors into the everyday life of the American Doughboy, including what he wore, what he ate, the equipment he carried, and the thoughts he shared with those on the home front. Drawn from local collectors and the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibit will feature original posters used to rally the public; postcards and photos from local troops stationed at Greenville’s Camp Sevier and Spartanburg’s Camp Wadsworth; arms, field equipment, and personal essentials carried by individual soldiers as they embarked on their journey “over there.”
In addition, Answering the Call seeks to raise awareness of the roles and contributions of women and African Americans during the call to serve, as well as the significance their participation meant to transformative social change in areas of women’s rights, race relations and the economy as the modern era began.