Aiken County Historical Museum Lecture Series Begins

After being postponed earlier due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aiken County Historical Museum will resume its annual lecture series in May with five talks relating to the county’s 150th anniversary celebration this year. The series, “Biography of Our Home: 150 Years in Aiken County,” will show how people, places and events have shaped Aiken County over the past century and a half.

Museum Director Lauren Virgo will lead off the series, with a talk about the founding of Aiken County on Sunday, May 16, at 3 p.m.

The lecture series is produced by the Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum and will be held in the ballroom of the museum. On-site seating is limited to 50 people who will be safely distanced (masks required in the museum), and a Zoom option is available for up to 100 sign-ons. Instructions for virtual attendance will be emailed to each ticketholder prior to the event.

For both in-person attendance and Zoom viewing, the cost of a ticket for the full series is $50. Tickets can be purchased online at achmfriends.org or at the museum front desk with a check payable to ACHM Friends.  Deadline for buying series tickets is Wednesday, May 12, at 4 p.m.

Single Zoom lecture tickets, if available, can be purchased online up until 4 p.m. the Friday preceding each Sunday lecture at $15 per lecture.  Walk-ins at the museum the day of the lecture will be permitted only if it is determined that there are vacant seats inside; cost is $15 cash or check.

The other speakers in the series and their topics are as follows:

May 23: Derek Berry – The Impact of the Savannah River Site

June 6: Dr. Tom Mack – Three Classic Movers and Shakers in Aiken County: Evans, Jackson and Thurmond

June 13: Dr. Walter Curry – African American Stories from Turn of the Century – The Seawright-Ellison and Thompson Families

June 20: Linda Johnson – Exploring the Four Corners of Aiken County

The sponsors of the series are: Security Federal Bank; The Aiken Standard; Brad Boni, LLC, Attorney at Law; and Johnson, Johnson, Whittle & Lancer, Attorneys. 

 For more information, contact Linda Johnson  at linders_j@hotmail.com.