Summer HOT Series is Being Revived!

The Summer HOT (History on Tap) lecture series will take place on the Museum grounds or inside the Museum Ballroom (weather depending), on the following dates, all of them on Tuesdays:  June 14, July 12, August 16. Once you have purchased a ticket, you will select a box supper made by Blue Collard Catering.  Ticket price for each lecture is $30, which includes the box supper and 2 drink tickets (wine or beer).

Menu Selection

Box Option #1:  Smoked Chicken Wrap,  (smoked chicken, lettuce, cheese, House Sweet Red Sauce, Green Goddess on the side Sundried Tomato Wrap), Chips, Signature Blue Collard 1/4 # Cookie, Bottle of Water, Napkin

Box Option #2:  Grilled Chicken Chop Salad Wrap (Grilled Chicken, romaine, cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, homemade Buttermilk ranch on the side) Chips, Signature Blue Collard ¼# Cookie, Bottle of Water, Napkin

Box Option #3:  BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, (delivered warm) Chips, ¼# Cookie, BBQ sauce on the side, Bottle of Water, Napkin

Box Option #4:  Vegetarian Wrap (Humus, Ancient Grain Blend with mixed greens,,  Parisian Vinaigrette (on the Side) Chips, Signature Blue Collard 1/4# Cookie, Bottle of Water, Napkin  

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Famous Winter Colony Visitors You’ve Never Heard Of

June 14, 6:00 PM

David M. Tavernier is an author and lecturer on Aiken’s Winter Colony. His first book, Stories of the Rich and Famous: Aiken’s Winter Colony in the Gilded Age was released in September 2012 and was selected as the Featured Book for “In Author’s Words.”

His second book, More Stories of the Rich and Famous: Aiken’s Winter Colony in the Gilded Age, was released in September 2014 and nominated by his publisher in 2015 for a literary award in the category of historical fiction.  The awards are sanctioned by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.

 While many winter colony visitors were nationally and internationally known for their wealth and business associations, there were others who were famous in their fields of endeavor, philanthropy, and leisure pursuits, who also possessed great wealth.  The lecture will profile a number of those individuals, and their connection to Aiken during the winter colony years.

Banksia’s Hidden Secrets

July 12, 6:00 PM

Leah Walker, Site & Events Manager for the Aiken County Historical Museum, originally hails from a small community at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Northeast Tennessee.  Having been bitten by the history bug in Charleston as a child, she knew she had found her calling while attending a walking tour of the historic city.  In preparation of her future career, Leah received a bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies at Tusculum University (the oldest school in Tennessee) and a master’s in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University.  Joining the museum in 2016, she has thoroughly enjoyed learning the history of our beautiful region and working with the wonderful volunteers and docents at the Museum.  On July 12th, Leah will be enlightening the audience with stories you will not hear on a typical tour of the museum.

Baptists and Bootleggers: A Prohibition Expedition Through the South…with Cocktail Recipes

August 16, 6:00 PM

Kathryn Smith landed her first job out of college at the Aiken Standard, working under the late Scott Hunter, and worked over the years as a newspaper writer and editor and nonprofit director before devoting herself to full-time writing. She and her husband Leo currently reside in Anderson, SC.  On August 16, she returns to Aiken to discuss her latest book: Baptists and Bootleggers: A Prohibition Expedition Through the South…with Cocktail Recipes.  The book takes you to major cities and small towns (including Aiken County), all of which struggled between the Baptists and their teetotaling allies who preached temperance and the bootleggers who got rich providing what their customers couldn’t buy legally.

Other works include The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR and the Partnership that Defined a Presidency, and Gertie, the biography of Aiken native Gertrude Sanford Legendre.