Preserving and promoting the heritage of Athens Township is the mandate of the Athens and Area Heritage Society. AAHS is a committee of the municipality that maintains a one room museum in the Athens Lions Hall at the corner of Henry and Wellington St. and has regular hours in the summer months or by appointment. It is a member of the Leeds and Grenville Heritage Network. There are permanent and new exhibits with a variety of themes in the Athens Museum which opens in May each year. AAHS also maintains an archives of information, photos and some artefacts. The Museum has a variety of resources for researching local history and some of those same resources are available in the Athens Library. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the Museum and new members are always welcome. Donations or copies of local history are much appreciated.
Dr. Lenora Howard King
British Home Children
Past displays which are now in our archives include:
The History of Education in Athens and Area
The History of Charleston Lake
Dutch Immigration to the Area
The Golden Age of Athens
The History of Winter Sports in Athens
Medical History of the Area
Early Settlers and the Loyalists in the Area
Athens War Veterans
British Home Children in Athens
Athens' 125th Anniversary and The Heroine of Charleston Lake
AAHS also provides a variety of heritage presentations which are open to the community throughout the year. Children's programs are also available. The group provides presentations to local senior facilities as well.
The group has been involved in the creation of six interpretive signs to help make local history more available. Posters of these signs are available for sale in two sizes.