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Aiken County offices are open 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, excluding official County holidays. Notification of office closings due to inclement weather will be sent to local media. Hours vary for particular services, such as the Convenience Centers and Bond Court.

Convenience Centers and Landfills
County Convenience centers and landfills will be open as scheduled except Sundays and the following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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The Aiken County Historical Museum will be the site of an hour lecture, "The Power of Music for Incarcerated Volunteers," on Sunday, July 26th, at 1:00 p.m.  As presented by Helga Hulse, local career musician, it is an experience told about her three and one-half years of teaching inmates to play classical piano.  That learning program was the first of its kind in New York State.

The public is invited.  Admission is $5.00 at the door.  For groups of six or more, the fee is $4.00 each.

For more information, please call the Museum at 803-642-2015.
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Join us at the Aiken County Historical Museum on Saturday, July 25th from 4-6 p.m. when we present the 2nd of the "Sweet Tea" Book Series.  Local author Don Bozeman will talk about his book, "Blackberries In the Summer", and be available to answer questions and sign books.  This book portrays the life of Eulalie Salley with special emphasis on her drive for women’s rights and her remarkable role in the development of Aiken’s Winter Colony. Her career in real estate placed her in contact with the rich and famous people who came to Aiken to build winter cottages and participate in the community’s equestrian lifestyle in the first half of the twentieth century.  There will be a book signing after the lecture.  It is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

Don Bozeman was reared on a small farm in southwest Georgia. His dad died when he was 16 and he joined the Navy at 17 to get the  GI Bill. He received an Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Georgia State University. His career in Telecommunications Manufacturing Management took him to 10 states and Brazil. Don and Sydney retired to Savannah in 1999 where he turned his avocation into a second “career” –– writing. He published his first historical novel, “Cassiopeia” in 2007. It accurately portrays the 1779 Siege and Battle of Savannah through the eyes of 16 year old slave girl, Cassiopeia Omoru and several other fictional characters. His second book, “The Spelling Bee” is a Sothern Gothic Novel in the vein of “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
He is currently rewriting his first historical novel, “The Fifth Commandment” which tells the story of several heroic B-24 pilots in WWII when they attempt to take out Hitler’s Romanian oil fields. Don, Sydney and Maddie (16 year old mini-schnauzer) live in the Reserve at Woodside.

For more information, call the Museum at 803-642-2015.
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Looking for something to do on a hot summer day?  Visit us at the Aiken County Historical Museum and see the Toy Exhibit on the main floor.  Local resident Jim Szathmary's scale model ships are amazing to behold.  View the Titanic and see the great detail he puts into these models.  Also on display are wooden toys constructed in the early 1900s by Erik Ringstrom.  On display thru July.

The Museum is located at 433 Newberry St., SW in Aiken.  For more information, call 803-642-2015.
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In conjunction with "Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive" - the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the ending of WWII (August 14, 1945), the Aiken County Historical Museum has its World War II  Quilt on display in the parlor at Banksia.  

The WWII 50th Anniversary Committee of Aiken County and the Carolina Pine Quilters of Aiken joined efforts to make a quilt honoring veterans of WWII.  The endeavor began in 1992 when a group of patriotic citizens applied to the Department of Defense asking that Aiken County, S.C. be designated as one of the many Commemorative Communities across the United States.  The committee decided that a quilt would be made. The Carolina Pine Quilters Guild was contacted and it agreed to make a quilt that would honor our veterans and eventually be placed in the Museum.  Of the more than 600 Commemorative Communities designated by the Department of Defense, Aiken County was the only one sponsoring a quilt.  The decision was made to add names of WWII Veterans to the white borders of the quilt.  These panels were carried separately to parades, senior organizations, patriotic events, churches, VFW meetings, a mall and any where they could be brought to the attention of WWII Veterans or their family members.  Names were added for loved ones who were lost in the conflict or had since died.  Many signatures are by the veterans, themselves, some of whom have died since signing the quilt.  Many have made special trips to view the finished quilt and find their name.  The quilt is 6 1/2 feet square and the four white outer borders bear the names of 480 veterans of WWII.  The center portion has an Eagle holding a banner with the words, "50 Years Later...A Grateful Nation Remembers," on a background of misty blue fabric which represents both sky and water.  The various branches of the services are represented by abstracted illustrations of people, places, ships, equipment, etc.  The dates, 1941-1945 and 1991-1995, and the words, "World War II",  appear prominently on the red border.  Quilted stars also appear on the outer blue border.  Drafting the patterns and preparing the applique pieces took over 6 months.  All applique was done by hand by various guild members, and the beautiful hand embroidery details and lettering was by Susan Foster.  The embroidery alone took two months of dedicated work.  

In June of 1995, the WWII Quilt was taken to Arlington, Virginia to hang in the Visitors Center at Arlington National Cemetery.  It remained there through October, 1995 as part of a patriotic display about WWII.  It is the only quilt ever to be honored in this manner.  While on display, it was viewed by over one million people.  

In May, 1996 the quilt traveled to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in Constitution Hall for the United States Army Field Band 50th Anniversary Gala Concert.  Col. William Clark, former Commander and Conductor of the Army Field Band, had been a charter member of the WWII Committee and arranged for the quilt to hang at the prestigious celebration.

The quilt will be featured thru August.  The Museum is located at 433 Newberry St., SW; for more information, call 803-642-2015.  For information on Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive activities, go to www.spiritof45.org.
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The Savannah River Site Museum, located at 224 Laurens Street NW, will be open to the public from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 18th. Work is in progress to adapt the former Dibble Memorial Library building for use as a museum. Exhibits will tell the story of the Savannah River Site and its origin during the dark days of the Cold War. Saturday visitors will see initial exhibits about the SRS and learn of plans for the future of our new Aiken County Museum. Admission is free. 
The SRS Museum will be open on occasional Saturdays in the future as construction permits.
For more information, call the Museum at 803.648.1437.

http://www.srsheritage.org/
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The Savannah River Site Museum, located at 224 Laurens Street NW, will be open to the public from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 18th. Work is in progress to adapt the former Dibble Memorial Library building for use as a museum. Exhibits will tell the story of the Savannah River Site and its origin during the dark days of the Cold War. Saturday visitors will see initial exhibits about the SRS and learn of plans for the future of our new Aiken County Museum. Admission is free. 
The SRS Museum will be open on occasional Saturdays in the future as construction permits.
For more information, call the Museum at 803.648.1437.

http://www.srsheritage.org/
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