Established in1982, The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is the advancement of the study and the appreciation of local history through promotion and financial support of the operations and activities of the Museum.  Friends’ Membership donations allow the Friends to provide programs, lectures, and presentations to the community in order to increase knowledge of Aiken County, South Carolina history.    Membership donations and the Friends’ fundraising efforts provide means for the purchase of artifacts of local cultural or historical interest.  Additionally, they have provided monies for much needed equipment to preserve and document the collection of museum artifacts which span centuries of history.  The Friends ensure the continuation of preservation, documentation, and restoration of historical records and artifacts so they will be available to present and future generations.