Museum to have exhibits on valentines and hotels

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Two exhibits will be featured in February at Aiken County Historical Museum.

Be My Valentine will be on display from Feb. 5-17.

"We have a bunch of antique valentines we are going to show off," said Elliott Levy, the museum's executive director.

The museum is tying the exhibit into a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Awareness Fund. Nine-inch pink hearts will be available for donations to the organization. Those purchasing the hearts can write their own Valentine wish on them.

"It's nice to be able to do something for another nonprofit," Mr. Levy said.

After the valentines depart, an exhibit focusing on the hotels of Aiken will begin Feb. 19.

It will be on display for about six weeks.

"Eighty to 85 percent of the nation's most wealthy visited Aiken and North Augusta between 1903 and 1916," Mr. Levy said.

Among them were the Astors, the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts, he said.

When visiting Aiken and North Augusta, they stayed at places such as the Willcox Inn, the Hampton Terrace Hotel in North Augusta, the Schwartz Hotel in Aiken and the Magnolia Inn.

"There were so many wonderful and interesting hotels," he said.

Mr. Levy said he hopes the exhibit will change during the course of its run as people bring in items related to the hotels.

"We're hoping it will stir some interest," he said.

For more information, call (803) 642-2015.

Reach Charmain Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.


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