Recollections: Oral History Program

Were you involved in some of Aiken County’s historical moments? Did you participate in the Civil Rights movement? Were you involved in the early days of the Savannah River Plant? Did your family work in the county’s textile mills? Did you attend classes at USC Aiken when it was in Banksia? If so, your recollections might be just what is needed for the newest program of the Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum.

Recollections: Oral History Program (ROHP) is an innovation that will allow local people and their voices to be included in some of the major displays in the museum for years to come. Using the latest in museum enhancements, ROHP is initially working to create audio visual kiosks for 10 major displays within the Aiken County Historical Museum. Through touch-screen technology visitors will be able to see and hear local people who had a connection to significant times in the history of our county.

ROHP will be more than that, however. It will allow local people with personal recollections of day-to-day life to tell their stories of growing up and living in Aiken County, digitally preserving them for future use by the museum staff and by researchers.

Individuals will be interviewed in a museum room that has been designated as a studio to record the recollections of people from throughout the county. In cases where individuals are unable to reach the Aiken County Historical Museum, arrangements may be made to hold the interviews at locations nearer the person’s residence. The interviews will be edited and archived for use in current and future displays. Others interested in conducting historical research may also be able to utilize the interviews for their work.

You may know someone who has a story to tell, or you may have stories of Aiken County yourself that should be handed down for generations to come. If so, those recollections should be saved and Recollections: Oral History Program is an excellent way to do that.

Consider submitting the names of those with interesting stories to tell along with the particular part of Aiken County history they are associated with. It doesn’t have to be a major historical event, it could be what life was like in the rural part of the county in the 1950s or what it was like in downtown Aiken, North Augusta or Wagener decades ago.

To submit the name of a potential interview subject, click on this link

ROHP started as part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Aiken County, but it will continue for as long as people in our community have stories to tell.

Funding for Recollections: Oral History Program is made through private donations to the Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum. To provide financial support for ROHP, click on this link.