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The Augusta Museum of History collects, preserves, and interprets history in relation to the past of Augusta and the Central Savannah River region (Burke, Columbia, McDuffie, Richmond, GA; Aiken, Edgefield, SC) for the education and enrichment of present and future generations.

The Augusta Museum of History was chartered in 1937 to preserve and present Central Savannah River Area’s history.  After nearly sixty years of occupying the historic 1802 Academy of Richmond County building, the Museum moved into a new facility in 1996 as part of the Riverwalk downtown development.  In 1997 the Board of Trustees, a new director, and new professional staff assessed the status of the corporation.  The systematic implementation of the first-ever strategic plan transformed the institution.  This improved the Museum’s community image and reputation.  In the years that followed the Museum installed an award-winning permanent exhibition, Augusta’s Story, and created a comprehensive education program.  A wide range of public programs for a variety of audiences are standard Museum features.  The permanent collection has grown substantially and is seen as the repository for local and regional history.

Building on this progress, the Museum updated the strategic plan in the fall of 2000.  The institution completed a $2.2 million capital/endowment campaign and added the Knox Research Center to properly care for a growing collection.  In 2005 the corporate transformation continued with the Museum becoming accredited through the American Association of Museums.  Accreditation recognizes a museums’ commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.

Also in 2005 a new executive director was hired to move the organization to a higher level of excellence, visibility, accessibility, and growth.  A revised strategic plan for 2008-2011 has been developed, a fundraising campaign was initiated to enhance the visitor amenity areas of the Museum, and implement a more effective, educational, and entertaining presentation in the permanent exhibition areas. In 2006 an annual fund campaign was initiated and a series of special events were realizeded.  In 2007 many new events and activities were developed to broaden the appeal of one of the area’s most popular attractions: Holiday Gingerbread Village and Rolling on the River.  In 2008 the Museum continued these programs, plus embarked on producing a concert (PAYBACK) and a major exhibition to honor James Brown, an international music icon.  Due to these events and the development of strategic partnerships the Museum’s visitation, visibility, and accountability has increased exponentially.  For 2009 the Museum is working to establish new community partnerships and strengthen on-going collaborations.  As The Future Unfolds, work has begun on new exhibitions (golf and local legends) expanding programs (museum theater and scouts), as well as planning for many capital improvements.

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Augusta Museum of History
560 Reynolds Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901
United States

Contact: Nancy J. Glaser, Executive Director
Tel: 706-722-8454
Fax: 706-724-5192
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