About the SRS Museum
The SRS Museum became an extension of the Aiken County Historical Museum in 2015 when the SRS Heritage Foundation partnered with Aiken County to obtain the former Dibble Library on Laurens Street for the sole purpose of creating a museum for the interpretation and preservation of the history of the Savannah River Site and its role in the Cold War. The Foundation has responsibility for the museum's displays and activities.
The SRS Museum is committed to informing the public about the history of the Savannah River Site by:
Creating interest in the museum and excitement about its activities;
Attracting visitors to the museum;
Linking the museum to other museums and historical/educational organizations; and
Generating excitement about careers in STEM fields.
SRS Heritage Foundation
The SRS Heritage Foundation was chartered in 2005 and organized to interpret and preserve the history of the Savannah River Site. The Foundation's purpose is to assist in the operation and development of the museum, which seeks a broad public, private, and volunteer support base. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, which provides an added benefit when seeking financial and other donations due to its tax exempt status. The Foundation is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors. Membership is open to any individual who applies.
About the Dibble Library
The SRS Museum occupies the former Dibble Library building. The Dibble Library was Aiken's first dedicated library building and it was named for Henry M. Dibble, a prominent area resident who contributed greatly to the town. After the library expanded to a new building, the Dibble Library was used by the Aiken County government to house its records.
The SRS Museum has retained the "look" of the original library in a portion of the museum as a tribute to the building's original purpose.
Image courtesy of the South Carolina State Library.