The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum is a non-profit organization whose purpose is the advancement of the study and the appreciation of local history through promotion and financial support of the operations and activities of the Museum. We need your help to enable the Museum to better preserve the county’s unique history.

The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum has established an unendowed fund to provide support for scholarship(s) for academically talented students at the University of South Carolina Aiken. The scholarship is in memory of the late Carolyn Miles, former director of the Museum, and will be awarded to a student at USC-Aiken (sophomore or higher) who is a history major with a preference given to a student interested in Southern History or historical preservation or conservation. The scholarship is renewable. Contributions to the fund are gratefully accepted and may be made by mailing your donation to: The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum; 433 Newberry St., SW; Aiken, SC 29801.

Membership Benefits

The privileges of membership include: a 10% discount at the Museum Store, receipt of the quarterly newsletter, Banksia Columns, members-only events, and voting privileges at the Friends Annual Meeting.

Recent “Friends” projects include:

  • The purchase of a computer that will hold collections and membership on on one dedicated computer.
  • The establishment of an Acquisitions Fund to obtain artifacts.
  • The purchase of tables and linens for rental use.
  • The purchase of garden supplies for the grounds.
  • The purchase of upgraded museum software.
  • The joint purchase (along with the Aiken County Historical Commission) of a piano for the Ballroom.
  • INCORPORATE WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ACQUISITION FUND The purchase of artifacts (i.e. Edgefield “Dave” pots; Hampton Terrace golf course trophy dated 1909; Aiken County golf memorabilia; rare “stamped” Southern Porcelain pitcher)
  • A handrail for the front lawn.
  • Pressure washing of the front façade and the South Boundary wall.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please call the Museum at 803-642-2015 or click  here The Museum is fortunate to have so many docents who help our efforts in so many ways. One of the opportunities is to volunteer during Museum hours. If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact Jann Smith, Desk Docent Coordinator or Mary White, Assistant Director. Both can be reached by calling 803-642-2015.