Heritage Council picks new president

  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Star file photo by Scott Rodgers Milledge Murray smiles for a photo with a signed document of George Walton. Murray is the new president of the North Augusta Heritage Council.

Milledge Murray has taken over as the new president of the North Augusta Heritage Council.

Filling a void left by Brenda Baratto, the new director of the Aiken County Historical Museum, Murray, is ready to continue teaching about the history of North Augusta.

“It is a tremendous honor for me to serve as president of the Heritage Council,” he said. “I truly love history and have such a strong desire to learn about and share history with others. It was fun helping to put together the driving tour brochure and certainly the history of churches tour. We want people to know the Heritage Council team is very active and will continue to do different things to make history exciting. We certainly plan to continue the ‘What’s in your Attic’ event next June and are in discussion about a summer movie series.”

Murray is tasked with teaching newcomers to North Augusta about the history of the city, something he takes very seriously.

“I believe that it is very important for our community to share and interpret its history and heritage,” he said. “A community that respects its heritage is a stronger community. We have lots of people that are moving into our city, and they need to know that our community cares about its past. The North Augusta Heritage Council tries to bring interesting programs that tell the story of North Augusta and its people.”

During his time with the Heritage Council, Murray has learned under the leadership of Baratto, whom he called “a tough act to follow.”

“Brenda Baratto has been a wonderful and passionate president,” he said. “She will continue to be involved and will certainly serve as mentor. We are very happy she and her husband, Larry, will remain as North Augusta residents. Next year, we are hoping to do a movie series during the summer months when we don’t have our monthly programs. The North Augusta Heritage Council operates as a team, and that will certainly continue. We are also fortunate to have the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center that also promotes our rich history and heritage.”

Going forward, Murray will be responsible for the programming of Heritage Council meetings, which will occur monthly.

“It is very exciting to see the large meeting room at the community center filled with people for our programs,” he said. “I hope to continue to bring quality programs for our members and guests. I have served as program chair for the past several years and will most likely continue in that role.”

For more information on the Heritage Council, visit facebook.com/heritagecouncilofnasc.

T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.

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