Originally created 03/02/00

Fitting museum name



Remember Augusta's old, cramped Telfair Street museum? It had a hodgepodge of exhibits, but all too many weren't related to Augusta and there wasn't a local historical frame of reference.

The new museum that was built between Reynolds and Broad streets is now unique -- it tells the history of Augusta and the surrounding region. No other museum in the world tells that story.

Its new name -- the Augusta Museum of History -- succinctly states the museum's revamped, much-improved mission. There is also a great new tag line that fills out the museum's newly defined vision: "Preserving and presenting the history of the Central Savannah River Area."

The museum board of trustees has approved a name that says it all. Museum executive director Scott Loehr adds: "This museum, we hope... will serve as the center for history for this region and we hope (the public) will think of us as (a) one-stop shop for history. The new name... captures everything we are about as an organization."

This is more than just a public-relations name change. The new name symbolizes a three-year transformation to excellence. If you've driven by but have never gone in, take time to view the new and improved exhibits and the well-stocked gift shop. You'll want to return again and again.