Brenda Baratto, Executive Director 

AS – Education; BA- History; Georgia State University
Brenda has been with the Museum since 2007.  Having lived in several different states, she has always combined her love for history with her career and volunteer projects.  She worked for the National Archives at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta as well as serving as a docent there for over 10 years. She is a district representative for the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies as well as Past-President of the Heritage Council of North Augusta. She is a past 2nd Vice-President with the South Carolina Federation of Museums and a former District Representative with PALMCOP (Palmetto Archives, Libraries, Museums Council on Preservation).  She was selected to attend the 2011 Jekyll Island Management Institute - a program administered by the Southeastern Museum Conference to provide intense, hands-on training for those in the Museum field.  She loves being here at the Aiken County Historical Museum and still believes that you couldn't make up some of the stories in our wonderful local history.

Mary White, Education and Art Director and Assistant Director 

Florida State University and University of North Florida
Mary moved to Aiken in 1984 and has been with the Museum since 1995. It was here she found her true passion. Mary has the ability to make history come alive for school children with real food and historical artifacts. She also thoroughly enjoys in the planning and development of the Museum as well. Contact Mary for Outreach and On-Site Development Programs:
Docent Training
Home School Programs
Trunk Show Outreach Programs
On-Site Events and Meeting Planning

Ashley Oswald, Collections Manager

M.A. - History; Old Dominion    M.A. - Museum Studies; Seton Hall University
Starting at the Museum just a few months ago, Ashley describes herself as someone who is passionate about preserving material culture (while also having an irrepressible need to organize and catalog everything).  She has always been drawn to registrar museum work.  She started her career at a history museum situated on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where she also served as the Collections Manager. While she has hopped around the East Coast for several years now, she always planned on one day returning to her home state of South Carolina. she is thrilled that the Aiken County Historical Museum finally gave her that opportunity. 


David Swanson, Weekend and Special Events

davidHe was “raised on the road through museums and a strong family military history.”  He is a published artist and author and was a platoon leader in his NJROTC unit at Aiken High.  He was a Stage Manager for Newberry College’s theatre   department.  After graduating from Newberry with a BA in Graphic Design, he worked at various marketing organizations before deciding to go into business for himself while finding a way to retain his historical ambitions.