Wednesday, July 3, 2013
North Augusta’s rich history is often embraced by locals, but the Southern roots caught New Jersey native Brenda Baratto, as well. Now her years of work and activities with the county have lead her to become Thoroughbred Country Employee of the Year.
Baratto just reached her six-year mark as the assistant director of the Aiken County Historical Museum.
“I was brought in basically for North Augusta,” Baratto said. “I’ve been lucky. I go to a lot of places, and I’ve been able to bring in a lot of conferences this year.”
Invited to the event by Elliott Levy, director of the Aiken County Historical Museum, she had no idea that she was going to be a highlight of the night.
Baratto has been working with many aspects in the community, and she truly appreciated the recognition from her peers. “I was very honored,” Baratto said. “These people are wonderful to work with.”
Baratto is a district representative for the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies and president of the Heritage Council of North Augusta. Her involvement around the community has been recognized by Levy, and he is pleased by the work she has done.
“She does an awful lot to promote this area,” Levy said. “She’s intelligent, organized and does all the things you could ever ask. It’s taking care of those details and extra things that set people apart,” Levy said.
Baratto also believes that she is gaining a great deal from her interactions during her time here. She truly enjoys her job and her opportunity to connect with people and offer information about the history of the county.
“The people you meet usually have fascinating stories to tell,” Baratto said. “It’s when you get to know somebody, and they tell you something that makes you connect, and you’re like, ‘Wow.’”
Levy believes that she has the type of character that makes her ideal for her job. She is not just an asset in a professional aspect, but as a person as well.
“I think it’s pretty amazing to have other people recognize her,” Levy said in reference to the award. “I believe strongly that she is special to this area.”
Heather Wright is a reporter for the North Augusta Star.