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50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s in Augusta

[Train Whistle] The two cases by the door showcase the many physical objects found in Augusta during these eras. In the 1950s and 60s case, note the woman’s outfit, kitchen set, and telephone. With a backdrop of vinyl albums, the 1970s and 80s case include leisure suits, NASA, and Augusta college basketball memorabilia, toys and early cellphones, video games, and cameras. These cases evoke a feeling of each era. Augusta was experiencing many of the changes felt across the country during the 1950s and 60s. With the creation of suburbs and expanded road system, the inner city fell into disrepair, sparking a revitalization effort. Culturally new music and literature swept the River Region. Soul singer James Brown and opera diva Jessye Norman made Augusta famous around the world. The 1980s heralded in more changes to the downtown area. The first segment of the Riverwalk opened in the late 1980s, drawing crowds back to the city center. [Train Whistle]

Augusta's Story
  1. Paleo-Indians
  2. Stallings Island
  3. The Age of Exploration: The DeSoto Exhibition; 1540
  4. Early Colonial Period; 1685 – 1736
  5. Late Colonial Period
  6. The American Revolution, 1776 - 1783
  7. Antebellum Society
  8. Dave: Enslaved Potter and Poet
  9. Cotton
  10. Civil War; 1861 - 1865
  11. Reconstruction
  12. The Golden Blocks
  13. The Augusta Canal and the Cotton Industry
  14. Petersburg Boat
  15. Industrial History
  16. Mill Life
  17. World War I
  18. The Great Fire of 1916
  19. 1920s
  20. World War II
  21. Savannah River Site
  22. Integrating Augusta
  23. The Augusta Riot
  24. 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s in Augusta
  25. Augusta and the Late 20th Century to Today
  26. Thank you to our partners