Augusta Museum of History

Augusta Museum of History The Augusta Museum of History collects, preserves, and interprets history in relation to the past of Augusta and Central Savannah River region.
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Founded in 1937, the Augusta Museum of History is Augusta's oldest historical agency devoted to the preservation and presentation of local and regional history. The not-for-profit agency functions as the steward of the community's rich, diverse, and invaluable material past. The museum curates the largest and most significant historical collection in the CSRA and functions as a historical research and resource center for professional and amateur historians, media, organizations, and individuals, and is home to permanent exhibition Augusta's Story, a 12,000 year journey through the region's past. The exhibition has received several awards including the prestigious Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History, the Georgia Historical Society Local Achievement Award, and the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries Permanent Exhibition of the Year, 1998. The museum also hosts a permanent exhibition on the history of healthcare in Augusta, A Community that Heals, a permanent exhibition chronicling the railroad and banking operations of the most important company of Augusta and Georgia, Into the Interior: A History of the Georgia Railroad & Banking Company, and a Transportation Corridor showcasing a 1920's trolley car, a 1914 locomotive and a reconstructed 1930's gas station. In 2003, the museum constructed The Knox Foundation Center for the Preservation and Study of the CSRA History and the Educational Resource Center. The 10,000 square-foot addition includes a research library/archives, storage for museum collections, and an artifact conservation/preparation laboratory. In 2004, the museum assumed management of the 1797 Ezekiel Harris House with new interpretation and exhibits. In 2005, Augusta Museum of History achieved the highest recognition for a museum, accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). The Augusta Museum of History is Augusta's only accredited museum; one of only fourteen in the state. Accreditation is the museum profession's highest seal of approval, recognizing an adherence to best practices and the highest professional standards.

06/18/2020

Augusta Richmond County Public Library's Erin Prentiss shares a thought provoking explination of Juneteenth and Reconstruction, and reads excerpts from W.E.B. Dubois' "Black Reconstruction in America."

06/18/2020

Hear Mayor Hardie Davis read "A Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom" by Angela Johnson

06/18/2020

The wonderful students of the Jessye Norman School of the Arts put together this powerful spoken word perfomace in honor of Juneteenth. Please enjoy!

Accordion to this post, we’ve got music on the brain this week! Our latest New Acquisitions install is all about the acc...
06/17/2020

Accordion to this post, we’ve got music on the brain this week! Our latest New Acquisitions install is all about the accordion (on view starting this Thursday)! And *tune in* this Sunday (6/21) at 1:00pm for a special Father’s Day performance by the Mangelly Accordionaires — only on our page!
#music #musichistory #accordion

Tune in next week, June 19th, for our virtual Juneteenth! Follow page for some awesome online programming. Than...
06/10/2020

Tune in next week, June 19th, for our virtual Juneteenth! Follow page for some awesome online programming.

Thanks to our awesome community partners — the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, the Augusta Richmond County Public Library, the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, the Mayors Office, and Westobou!

#juneteenthcelebration #history #blackhistory365 #loveaugusta #africanamericanhistory #augusta @ Augusta Museum of History

06/10/2020
June Brown Bag; Bad to the Bone feat. Larry Sconyers

Happy National Iced Tea Day! What goes perfectly with a tall glass of sweet tea? Bar-B-Que! In June's Brown Bag lecture, owner of Sconyers Bar-B-Que and former Augusta mayor, Larry Sconyers, dishes out the history of his family business, childhood farm life, and serving two presidents.

Enjoy!

The Brown Bag History Series is an educational lecture series provided monthly by the Augusta Museum of History, and is an ideal lunch-time break for downtown professionals, retirees, and students. We look forward to hosing in person Brown Bag's again soon!

06/10/2020

Happy National Iced Tea Day! What goes perfectly with a tall glass of sweet tea? Bar-B-Que! In June's Brown Bag lecture, owner of Sconyers Bar-B-Que and former Augusta mayor, Larry Sconyers, dishes out the history of his family business, childhood farm life, and serving two presidents.

Enjoy!

The Brown Bag History Series is an educational lecture series provided monthly by the Augusta Museum of History, and is an ideal lunch-time break for downtown professionals, retirees, and students. We look forward to hosting in person Brown Bags again soon!

Special thanks to Mark Albertin for filming!

06/05/2020
The Book Tavern

The Book Tavern

Are you ready for Super Awesome Storytime with Mr. Kenny? Here we go!!!

Behind the scenes: Here’s Mayor Sconyers of Sconyers Bar-B-Que recording his Brown Bag lecture. In his talk, Mayor Scony...
06/04/2020

Behind the scenes: Here’s Mayor Sconyers of Sconyers Bar-B-Que recording his Brown Bag lecture. In his talk, Mayor Sconyers reminisces about growing up on a farm, gives up the secret to perfect barbecue, and updates us on operating a restaurant in a “new normal.”

Tune in to our Facebook next Wednesday, June 10th at noon for the lecture!

#augustamuseumofhistory #history #barbequeseason #loveaugusta

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” MLKAs a history museum, we t...
06/01/2020

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” MLK

As a history museum, we tell difficult truths. The truth is, there is a history of racism in America. It is a part of our past and present, and should not be a part of our future. It is the Augusta Museum of History’s responsibility to our African American community, staff, and partners to speak up. We stand in solidarity with you.

We invite you to send us your stories, your images, and your objects.

The Augusta Museum of History will be reopening on June 4th! 🎉 Scroll through to get familiar with some new policies and...
05/27/2020

The Augusta Museum of History will be reopening on June 4th! 🎉 Scroll through to get familiar with some new policies and procedures we’ve put into place to keep everyone safe. See y’all soon! #augustamuseumofhistory #experienceyesterdaytoday @ Augusta Museum of History

Wishing everyone a safe Memorial Day.  We’d like to take a moment to thank the U.S. Military and to remember those who d...
05/25/2020

Wishing everyone a safe Memorial Day. We’d like to take a moment to thank the U.S. Military and to remember those who died in service. 🇺🇸

(From our collection) Image description: 28 US soldiers in front of building in Iraq; three soldiers are on roof holding City of Augusta flag; a soldier in the foreground is holding a unit banner on a pole.

#augustamuseumofhistory #memorialday #thankyou

05/22/2020

It’s #FavoriteThingFriday! Here’s Amanda giving the run down on one of her favorite things at the Museum— a horse-drawn hearse from Dent’s Funeral Home.
Used from the early 1890s to about 1920, the hearse features ornate carvings and has rubber tires for noise reduction during funeral processions. Julia and John Dent established the first black-owned funeral business in Augusta during the 1880s.
#augustamuseumofhistory #historyiscool #history #augustahistory #museum #augusta

05/13/2020
AMH Presents: May Brown Bag — Soul Survivors: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and its Impact on Southern Food

The Augusta Museum of History is pleased to offer the May 13, 2020 Brown Bag History Series Lecture, Soul Survivors: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and its Impact of Southern Food by Cowboy Mike, retired Augusta University History professor.

Michael“Cowboy Mike” Searles spent a career as a teacher, engaging students from elementary school through college age before retiring as a professor emeritus from Augusta State University. He wrote a chapter of Black Cowboys of Texas (2000) and with Bruce A. Glasrud edited Buffalo Soldiers in the West: A Black Soldiers Anthology (2007). The two also collaborated on Black Cowboys in the American West: On the Range, on the Stage, Behind the Badge (2016).

The Brown Bag History Series is an educational lecture series provided monthly by the Augusta Museum of History, and is an ideal lunch-time break for downtown professionals, retirees, and students.

05/11/2020

The Augusta Museum of History is pleased to offer the May 13, 2020 Brown Bag History Series Lecture, Soul Survivors: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and its Impact of Southern Food by Cowboy Mike, retired Augusta University History professor.

Michael“Cowboy Mike” Searles spent a career as a teacher, engaging students from elementary school through college age before retiring as a professor emeritus from Augusta State University. He wrote a chapter of Black Cowboys of Texas (2000) and with Bruce A. Glasrud edited Buffalo Soldiers in the West: A Black Soldiers Anthology (2007). The two also collaborated on Black Cowboys in the American West: On the Range, on the Stage, Behind the Badge (2016).

The Brown Bag History Series is an educational lecture series provided monthly by the Augusta Museum of History, and is an ideal lunch-time break for downtown professionals, retirees, and students.

May's Monday at the Museum is all about Georgia's state bird, the Brown Thrasher! Follow the link to download a copy of ...
05/11/2020
May Monday at the Museum Final.pdf

May's Monday at the Museum is all about Georgia's state bird, the Brown Thrasher! Follow the link to download a copy of the lesson and directions to making your own Brown Thrasher puppet.

We have craft to-go kits available at the Museum ($3.00 for members, and $4 for not-yet-members). There is a limited number of these kits available so email [email protected] or give us a call to snag yours!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1p3V-ZaUFAJLsK4L26xg6ntd2Mu6BdoGq

The virtual tour mapping the 1970 Augusta Riot starts tomorrow 5/9. Follow 1970 Augusta Riot to learn more
05/09/2020

The virtual tour mapping the 1970 Augusta Riot starts tomorrow 5/9. Follow 1970 Augusta Riot to learn more

Join us for a commemorative virtual walking tour of some of the historic sites of the 1970 Augusta Riot.
The tours will be streamed straight to our FB page and YouTube channel so be sure to like and subscribe!!! @1970augustariot
#augustahistory #georgia #georgiahistory #history #blackhistoryfacts #blackhistory #americanhistory #augusta #deepsouth #uprising #civilrightsmovement #humanrights #segregation #justice #racism

Here’s a sneak peek of the virtual Monday at the Museum launching Monday the 11. We have a limited number to go kits ava...
05/08/2020

Here’s a sneak peek of the virtual Monday at the Museum launching Monday the 11. We have a limited number to go kits available for purchase — filled with all the pieces you need to make the craft! Interested in a to go kit? Email [email protected] to snag yours! @ Augusta Museum of History

Happy National Nurses Day! #nationalnursesday As a history museum we do a lot of looking back, but we understand the imp...
05/06/2020

Happy National Nurses Day! #nationalnursesday As a history museum we do a lot of looking back, but we understand the importance of giving people their flowers in the present as well! So to all of our nurses we give a great big thank you! 💐
📸:
- Lamar Hospital Training School class
-UH Angels of Mercy Editorial Staff, 1945
-UH Barrett Nursing School Intermediates, 1926
-UH School of Nursing Integrated Class, 1960s
-UH Hospital Barrett School of Nursing in the Gardens, 1920s

May the 4th Be With You! These cute little rubber action figures are in our collection so we couldn’t resist making a #s...
05/04/2020

May the 4th Be With You! These cute little rubber action figures are in our collection so we couldn’t resist making a #starwarsday post! 💫

#maythe4thbewithyou #augusta #historymemes #museumfromhome #toyphotography #toys

You may have seen similar activities floating around the internet; here's a local version for you — A Covid -19 journal ...
04/22/2020

You may have seen similar activities floating around the internet; here's a local version for you — A Covid -19 journal prompt for you and your little ones! In addition to its therapeutic properties, journaling is a great way to document history from a personal perspective. You are a primary source! So while you're saving newspaper clips and taking photographs, remember to write.

If you don't have access to a printer, you can get creative and make your own — Draw pictures, write poems, tell stories! Link to the PDF version is below!

#augustahistory #museumfromhome

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13fUlc-f88PBXwBPYv7JZwGkmttdNpN8-/view?usp=sharing

📸: Group of scouts hanging out at the Bethlehem Center Youth Group. (Maybe Avera, Ga). Looking forward to the days of no...
04/17/2020

📸: Group of scouts hanging out at the Bethlehem Center Youth Group. (Maybe Avera, Ga).

Looking forward to the days of not social distancing! Who are you looking forward to sharing a meal and a laugh with?

#museumfromhome

From our collection: 🐰 The Easter Bunny seated inside the JB White’s store. 🐰 If you got a visit from the bunny today, w...
04/12/2020

From our collection: 🐰 The Easter Bunny seated inside the JB White’s store. 🐰

If you got a visit from the bunny today, we hope he made you smile more than the kids in this photograph 😂
#museumfromhome
#augustaga

Have y’all upped your baking game since being at home? 🥖🍞🥯🥐 We’d love to see your bakes! Here’s a shot of the interior o...
04/08/2020

Have y’all upped your baking game since being at home? 🥖🍞🥯🥐 We’d love to see your bakes!

Here’s a shot of the interior of Claussen’s Bakery in May of 1950. The cake department was hard at work frosting cakes and baking breads. Delicious! #history #augustaga #museumfromhome

04/04/2020

Educator Harvee’s favorite object. 🏺#museumfromhome #augustahistory #thedowndowntown

03/31/2020

A tidbit of agricultural history part 2!

03/31/2020

A little tidbit of Augusta agricultural history brought to you by Director Nancy. 👩‍🌾🧑‍🌾

A fully stocked grocery store!? Can’t relate!Taken on April 18, 1957 at the Colonial Store (located on Broad and Milledg...
03/29/2020

A fully stocked grocery store!? Can’t relate!

Taken on April 18, 1957 at the Colonial Store (located on Broad and Milledge), this photo shows the R.A. Robinson Family doing some grocery shopping.

#museumfromhome #historymemes

Are your fur babies loving your new work from home lifestyle? Tag us in your Pets Working From Home Pics! From our colle...
03/22/2020

Are your fur babies loving your new work from home lifestyle? Tag us in your Pets Working From Home Pics!

From our collection: Unidentified man with his best friend.

03/19/2020

Happy first day of Spring! AMH Registrar Natalie shares her top three tips for keeping your keepsakes safe and organized.

Important update from Executive Director Nancy J. Glaser and your Augusta Museum of History family: In response to heigh...
03/17/2020

Important update from Executive Director Nancy J. Glaser and your Augusta Museum of History family:

In response to heightened concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of the Museum's staff and public, The Augusta Museum of History has temporarily closed its galleries, the 1797 Ezekiel Harris House, and offices beginning Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 and plans to reevaluate Wednesday, April 1st, 2020. We join many cultural institutions across the city and country who are also closing to help limit the further spread of the Coronavirus, and moving to remote work wherever possible. We will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate in two weeks, based on additional information and recommendations from public officials. Please check our website and our social media channels for updates. We look forward to welcoming our staff and visitors back to the Museum soon. Our physical spaces may be closed but please stay engaged with our social media throughout these next two weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to email [email protected]

Address

560 Reynolds St
Augusta, GA
30901

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(706) 722-8454

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