Chamber to house SRS Heritage Foundation
The Aiken Chamber will soon be home to the SRS Heritage Foundation. The organization has leased an office at the Chamber while it searches for a permanent downtown location. It plans to be set up and ready for business in early July. "We're excited and very pleased that the move all worked out and that the Chamber was willing to work with us on this," said Walt Joseph, executive director of the SRS Heritage Foundation. "The move is a major step forward for us. We are a new organization, and this gives us an opportunity to grow into our purpose of telling the story of the Savannah River Site (SRS)," said Joseph, a retired mechanical engineer with 39 years of service at the site.
The organization has been seeking a downtown location, so it can be part of the Heritage Corridor in the downtown area. The Chamber location will put it close to the Aiken Train Depot and the Center for African American History, Art and Culture. "We now have visibility, which is so important to our goals," said Mal McKibben, chair of the SRS Heritage Foundation Board, and former executive director of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA). "David (Jameson) has been so helpful, and we look forward to moving into the Chamber," said McKibben, a retired nuclear chemist who began at SRS with DuPont in 1955.
"Having the SRS Heritage Foundation here at the Chamber seemed like a perfect fit. We want to support their efforts and give them the exposure they need," said J. David Jameson, president of the Aiken Chamber. The location at 121 Richland Avenue, East will undoubtedly help the non-profit organization as it works to record retirees' oral history of SRS, to network with the community, to organize exhibits, to grow its membership, and to seek funding sources for future projects.
The mission of the SRS Heritage Foundation is to preserve and interpret the heritage of the Savannah River Site. The Foundation seeks to tell the historic story of SRS activities through the preservation of artifacts and the establishment of education and outreach programs. The organization's long term goal is to establish the SRS Heritage Center, accessible to the public, at the Savannah River Site. www.c-n-t-a.com Then click on "Heritage."