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Augusta Museum of History

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Mission Statement:

The Augusta Museum of History collects, preserves, and interprets history in relation to the past of Augusta and Central Savannah River region for the education and enrichment of present and future generations.

Organization History

Founded in 1937, the Augusta Museum of History is Augusta's oldest historical agency devoted to the preservation and presentation of local and regional history. The not-for-profit agency functions as the steward of the community's rich, diverse, and invaluable material past. The museum curates the largest and most significant historical collection in the CSRA and functions as a historical research and resource center for professional and amateur historians, media, organizations, and individuals, and is home to permanent exhibition Augusta's Story, a 12,000 year journey through the region's past. The exhibition has received several awards including the prestigious Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History, the Georgia Historical Society Local Achievement Award, and the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries Permanent Exhibition of the Year, 1998.

The museum also hosts a permanent exhibition on the history of healthcare in Augusta, A Community that Heals, a permanent exhibition chronicling the railroad and banking operations of the most important company of Augusta and Georgia, Into the Interior: A History of the Georgia Railroad & Banking Company, and a Transportation Corridor showcasing a 1920's trolley car, a 1914 locomotive and a reconstructed 1930's gas station. In 2003, the museum constructed The Knox Foundation Center for the Preservation and Study of the CSRA History and the Educational Resource Center. The 10,000 square-foot addition includes a research library/archives, storage for museum collections, and an artifact conservation/preparation laboratory.

In 2004, the museum assumed management of the 1797 Ezekiel Harris House with new interpretation and exhibits. In 2005, Augusta Museum of History achieved the highest recognition for a museum, accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). The Augusta Museum of History is Augusta's only accredited museum; one of only fourteen in the state. Accreditation is the museum profession's highest seal of approval, recognizing an adherence to best practices and the highest professional standards.

January 16, 2013

Remembering the Music Scene

Augusta has been a popular venue for hundreds of musicians, bands, and entertainers. How it has evolved and how it has changed will be discussed.

Don Rhodes
Columnist, Augusta Chronicle
Publications Editor, Morris Communications Company

February 6, 2013

Architecture of the South: Form and Function

Due to the climate and other factors, the design of buildings and homes are often distinct.

Erick Montgomery, Executive Director
Historic Augusta

March 6, 2013

The Southern Literature

Exploring the writers of the South and the CSRA and what makes them so unique.

Mary Linn Maner, Columbia County Library Manager

April 17, 2013

Sports: Talent and Technology

Sports can change live, affect politics, fuel our economy, and shape our culture. Explore its impact on the CSRA.

Randy Duteau, Executive Director
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce

May 1, 2013

Southern Cooking

The talk will explain the development of local cuisine, the iconic foods and beverages, foodways, and identifying dishes.

Barbara Howard Ross, Chef and Owner
5 O'clock Bistro

June 5, 2013

Fashion Flashbacks

Southern fashion trends, whether made for leisure, parties, travel, or business, have taken some unusual and often bizarre twists and turns. Climate, national and world events, the media, and now technology play major roles in that is popular.

Amanda Klaus, Registrar
Augusta Museum of History

July 10, 2013

Growing-up Southern, Another Point of View

Growing-up in the south, depending on your point of view can have good and painful memories. This talk presents another perspective of growing-up Southern.

Dr. James E. Carter, III, Retired Dean

September 4, 2013

Business Southern Style

The economic history of the United States began with thirteen small, independent farming economics, which joined in 1776 to form the United States of America. Over the decades, what made doing business southern style so unique.

Dr. Mark Miller, Dean
Hull Business School, ASU

October 2, 2013

Living the Southern Lifestyle, Women's Lives

For the home, hobbies, rituals, traditions, to mourning, the CSRA has a rich and varied past. All will be explored.

Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, Director
Center for the Study of Georgia History, ASU

November 6, 2013

The Military Presence in Augusta

Highlights the military and its relationship with Augusta, Georgia with particular focus on why this southern city was chosen as a site for US Army military camps and bases.

Steve Rauch, Command Historian
US Army Signal History Office, Fort Gordon, GA

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