Victorian Augustans witnessed dramatic changes as they watched the city being transformed with electric lighting and the arrival of factories along the newly expanded Augusta Canal. Other monumental events included three international expositions, the creation of a public school system, and the expansion of the city's limits. Learn more about this "New South" era in the Exhibit, Augusta 1875-1900.
Accessories can sometimes be an overlooked part of a museum's textile collection, but they often have their own significant stories. Similar to clothing, accessories reveal information about larger socio-economic trends, as well as the personal, intimate details of an individual's life.
The photographs of Augusta-based Fitz-Symms Photography visually document history between the 1940's and the 1980's. Morgan Fitz headed commercial assignments and Robert Symms captured private events. The duo saw their success manifest in newspaper contracts and recognition via numerous in-state and national awards.
Organized religion appeared early in the CSRA's non-Native history. Once Augusta was established as a frontier trading post its residents turned their efforts to formalizing religious practices. A small chapel was built in 1749, marking the beginning of St. Paul's. As an English colony they requested an Anglican minister who arrived in 1751, making the region into St. Paul's parish of the Church of England. The rich history of organized religion in Augusta had begun.