The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum received a Bridge Grant from South Carolina Humanities, www.schumanities.org. Funding for the Bridge Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.
The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum were recently awarded a grant from South Carolina Humanities in the amount of $3,500. Called a Bridge Grant, the money originated in the CARES Act, which stands for Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act economic stabilization plan. This funding from the Federal Government was funneled to the South Carolina Humanities to help support arts and cultural institutions in South Carolina impacted by the closures made necessary because of the pandemic.
Over the summer, the Friends Board will determine how best to use the grant money. In general, the Friends raise money and accept donations to support the Museum in various ways, including collections acquisition and preservation, the purchase of exhibit supplies and software, support of Museum events, and care of the Museum grounds.
Earlier this year, the Friends presented a check for $35,000 to the Museum in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Museum. (See separate story.) The first museum was housed in the old jail behind the Aiken County Courthouse in 1970 and was started as part of the Tricentennial Celebration of the State of South Carolina. It outgrew the space and was moved to the Harrington wing of Banksia in 1982, where it shared the building with the Aiken County Public Library. When the Library moved to its current location in the old Aiken Elementary School, the Museum then expanded into all of Banksia, where it remains today. The Friends’ donation will help the staff expand collections and construct new exhibits for the public to enjoy.
The Friends are tentatively planning a 50th anniversary event in the fall. Watch our Events Page for details.