There will be hot weather in Old Town this summer at the Aiken County Historical Museum.
The Summer HOT series is relaunched with three separate talks that showcase Aiken’s past. Sponsored by the Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum, Summer HOT will feature an evening of food and drink along with lectures on topics important to the area’s history.
Author and local historian David Tavernier will kick off the series on June 14 with “Famous Winter Colony Visitors You’ve Never Heard Of.” He has written two books about Aiken, “Stories of the Rich and Famous: Aiken’s Winter Colony in the Gilded Age” and “More Stories of the Rich and Famous: Aiken’s Winter Colony in the Gilded Age”.
This will be followed on July 12 by the museum’s site and events manager, Leah Walker, speaking on ‘Banksia’s hidden secrets’. Walker holds a master’s degree in storytelling and will provide information not normally heard on museum tours. Banksia is the building that houses the Aiken County Historical Museum.
The final talk in the series will take place on August 16 and will be presented by South Carolina author Kathryn Smith, who will discuss her latest book, “Baptists and Bootleggers: A Prohibition Expedition Through the South… with Cocktail Recipes “. Smith is a journalist and author who worked for a time as a reporter for the Aiken Standard. His book has a connection to Aiken County.
“The committee has worked to develop this lecture series, and we are delighted to welcome History on Tap (HOT) to the museum to introduce the installation and its exhibits,” said Kena Black, chair of the lecture series committee. .
Depending on the weather for each talk, events will take place on the museum grounds or in the ballroom. Tickets are $30 for each conference and include dinner provided by Blue Collard Catering as well as beer and wine. Each Summer HOT event begins at 6 p.m. with dinner and the conference will follow at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are available online on the Friends of the Museum website, ahmfriends.org under the Events tab. Once the tickets have been purchased, the buyer will be able to select the dinner box of their choice from Blue Collard Catering.
The Aiken County Historical Museum is located at 433 Newberry St. in Aiken.