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Field Trip: Augusta Museum of History

This museum has an active Education Department that can conduct experiential history tours with groups of school children. While the focus is on the Augusta area, the exhibits cover 12,000 years of history -- from the archaeological finds of the ancient Native-Americans, through Colonial history and the Revolutionary War. You can also learn more from exhibits on commerce, antebellum society, the Civil War, cotton industry, and events through the 1920's. If you are studying the Atlanta Fire of 1916, you may be interested to see the 1869 steam-operated fire engine and compare it to the fire engines of 1916. For those interested in music, the experience of watching James Brown for the first time on TV was a profound one for writer Tony Grooms, who was profiled in Georgia Stories's "Television Stories." Brown, an Augusta native, donated some of his costumes to this museum.