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Sneak a peek at ‘Behind the Scenes’ at the Augusta Museum of History in September

Once a year, Augusta Museum of History officials put on the gloves and pull back the curtain to reveal the hidden world of historic preservation at the Reynolds Street location.

 The Behind the Scenes’ tours will be held for three consecutive Saturdays beginning Sept. 9.

“We’ve been doing this for the past 16 years,” said Nancy Glaser, museum director, who added it serves a couple of purposes.

The museum is the repository for historical artifacts, and its staff members know how to properly care for and preserve items. Passing on this type of information can help people take care of their own family heirlooms such as quilts or military uniforms or scrapbooks and photos.

People want to know those types of things, Glaser said.

Items from the James Brown exhibit include some of the singer’s costumes. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News

The tours also give people a chance to see items that are locked away from public view. They are in the museum’s care, but they are not part of any current exhibitions.

Tours are about 45 minutes with time for questions and answers. They are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Sept. 9, 16 and 23. Free with paid admission to the museum, the tours are limited to about 15 people.

Other upcoming events in September include the monthly Brown Bag History Lecture Series which highlights 21st Century Turning Points.

September’s speaker is Anne Catherine Murray, the executive director of the Augusta Symphony, who will share about the Miller Theater’s restoration on Sept. 13. The doors open at noon with the talk at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for non-members and free for museum members.

October brings another Brown Bag event highlighting Augusta’s public art.

Also in October, the reservation window for the holiday event, The Museum Express, will open. Although it’s not scheduled until Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, it’s hugely popular with tickets selling out within a couple of days after they go on sale, Glaser said.

Another holiday tradition is the Holiday Gingerbread Village scheduled for Nov. 16-26.

The museum is home to multiple exhibitions including one devoted to James Brown as well as others highlighting the area’s connection to golf, the military and the medical community.

The Augusta Museum of History is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Charmain Z. Brackett, the publisher of Augusta Good News, has covered Augusta’s news for 35 years. Reach her at Sign up for the newsletter here.

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