North Augusta remembers Hamburg at Arts & Heritage

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC. -- The Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta held its third annual Arts & Heritage Day in remembrance of Hamburg, South Carolina.

"History and the arts can really apply to any age. Typically there are the older demographic coming to the museums and exploring the exhibits, but in this one we wanted to make sure that we pull in those younger generations," said Lauren Virgo Executive Director of the Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta.

Hamburg, the historical theme for the event is believed to have been founded where North Augusta sits today.

"There's a lot of wealth of arts and history in this region, and I think that events like this bring awareness to it. There's a lot of past here that people just don't know about," said Virgo.

The first floor of the municipal building included artwork, memoirs, and old currency from the Civil War era. Local history authors were present with their works that shined the spotlight on Aiken and Edgefield Counties.

"Well it's really just important to tell everybody's story. A lot of people came to America and made up this country's history, so you need to tell everybody's history," said author Wayne O'Bryant.

Lawren Hammond of the Augusta Genealogical Society provided a seminar on family research, so attendees could avoid forgetting their roots by finding the leaves on their family tree.

"A-G-S is always available to give them help in learning how to do and helping them find those mysterious people that just don't show up anywhere, that they know are family members," said Hammond.

There are free websites that Hammond supplied to visitors in order for them to track down distant family members through the web:
The theme for this event changes every year, but the importance of the arts and culture will always be the same.

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