Courtney Tollison

Assistant Professor of History
Upcountry History Museum Historian


office: Furman Hall 200Q
hours: By appointment
phone: (864) 294-2377
fax: (864) 294-2295
email: courtney.tollison@furman.edu

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Dr. Courtney Tollison is Assistant Professor of History at Furman University and Museum Historian at the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville, SC. A native Greenvillian, Dr. Tollison earned undergraduate degrees from Furman University and graduate degrees in History and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina. She has authored books on the history of Furman University and the history of Upcountry South Carolina during World War II. Her documentary, Threads of Victory: Upcountry SC During WWII, won a National Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. The accompanying exhibit, “Weaving Our Survival: Upcountry Stories of WWII,” won the top exhibit award from the Southeastern Museum Conference in 2010.

Tollison is the inaugural recipient of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional of the Year Award and received Furman University Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2009. In 2010, Greenville Business Magazine included her in its listing of the 50 Most Influential People in Greenville. She has also been honored by the Association for Women in Communication and by numerous academic and civic organizations and local media. She recently returned from western Ukraine, where she lived and taught for the first half of 2010 as a Fulbright Scholar. Tollison writes monthly columns on local history for the Greenville Journal and for TOWN magazine. She is a regular guest and guest host on SCETV Radio's "Your Day" program.

She serves on the board of the Humanities Council SC, and the South Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Her current research interests include the history of Upcountry South Carolina during the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina. Her personal interests include ballet, musical theatre, travel literature, and traveling just about anywhere.

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