2016 Lecture Series

Aiken County through the Decades

All Lectures will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Ballroom at Banksia


  • January 19, 2016         Owen Clary                 

Aiken’s Golden Age/The Big Four                        1830-1860

A comprehensive look at the four men most active and influential in Aiken during this time.

  • January 26, 2016         Del Hickey      

Historic Homes of Aiken: A Visual Stroll              1870-1930

A look at some of the homes built for the Winter Colony and an overview of the occupants.

  • February 2, 2016         David Tavernier

Aiken’s French Connection                                 1860-1880

The French roots of the Eustis family and the family’s role as the Confederacy’s representative to France during the Civil War.

  • February 9, 2016 Panel                                  1900-1950

Old Aiken Families/Farmers and Merchants                                 

A discussion by members of Aiken families about the many changes in Aiken County and its residents over the decades.

  • February 16, 2016 Allen Riddick                  1950-2000 

The Coming of SRS and Its Effect on Aiken: A Slide Presentation

A look at the growth and changes in Aiken County caused by the presence of the Savannah River Site.

Fee for all five lectures:

$25 per person if a current member of FRIENDS

$35 per person if not a current member of FRIENDS (includes a one-year membership in the Friends)

$50 for two individuals residing at the same address if current household member of FRIENDS

$65 for two individuals if not current member of FRIENDS (includes a one-year Family membership in the FRIENDS)

$10 per individual lecture (on a space available basis)



Register in person at the Museum (during regular business hours) or send payment with a note stating 2016 Lecture Series to the Museum at:  433 Newberry St. SW; Aiken, SC 29801