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Homeschool Friday: Columbia Women

To honor Women’s History Month, students will become familiar with several important women in Columbia’s history. From the founding of Columbia through modern times, women have had a significant impact on local history. We will learn about the important women who have lived and worked in Columbia. From Mary Boykin Chestnut to Dr. Matilda Arabelle Evans, we will explore the history of Columbia’s women.

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President’s Day Tours | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Join Historic Columbia on Monday, Feb. 19 for tours of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction to see how his time in Columbia may have influenced his decisions as President. Normally closed to the public on Mondays, there is no better way to mark President’s Day than by taking a tour of the only Presidential site in South Carolina.

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Homeschool Friday: Columbia Civil Rights History

In honor of Black History Month, we will learn more about African Americans who have made lasting impressions on the lives of Columbians. Students will explore the legacies African Americans have made on both the physical and cultural landscape. By learning specifics of the Civil Rights pioneers who called Columbia home, students will glean new knowledge of the origins and events of the movement.

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Breakfast with Santa

Join Historic Columbia for a holiday treat to remember! Enjoy a continental breakfast in our cozy Carriage House while listening to seasonal music. After your meal, view the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree, make a holiday craft to take home, and don’t forget to take a picture with our Victorian Santa Claus!

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Lunch & Learn | USC Graduate Research

Feed your mind during lunch at our Lunch and Learn series where we will explore little known topics and view artifacts not often seen on display.  The November session of Lunch and Learn features University of South Carolina graduate students presenting ongoing research about the history of Columbia. Bring your lunch as we munch our way into the past. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows but reservations are recommended.  Reservations may be made by email at [email protected] or 803.252.1770 ext. 23.

Lunch & Learn ticket prices are as follows: General Public Series – $30 / USC Faculty and Student Series – $25 / Member Series – $25 / Single Lecture – $12 / Single Lecture (member) – $10 / Single Lecture (USC Faculty/Student) – $10 / My Carolina Member Series – $25 / Teacher member series – Free.

November 7  |  Jill Found and Katherine Chaddock

Jill Found’s research focuses on the lived experiences of enslaved people at South Carolina College. How did the college environment during the first half of the nineteenth century shape the lives of enslaved people, as students, professors, and staff all relied on the work of enslaved people and claimed the use of their time and skills? How did enslaved people navigate these competing demands and negotiate their own lives? Found makes sense of these questions given limited documentary sources focusing the enslaved people who played a vital role in the creation of South Carolina College, but have gone relatively undiscussed until the past decade. Author Katherine Chaddock will be at the program to sign her new book Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College. This book explores Richard Greener, the first African American professor at University of South Carolina, shortly after the end of the Civil War.

November 14 |  Olivia Brown

Oliva Brown’s thesis centers on Columbia’s Jewish community at the turn of the 20th century, and how first- and second-generation Eastern European immigrants formed a Jewish-American-Southern identity through food. By looking more closely at families in Columbia who owned food establishments (groceries, delis, bakeries, restaurants, etc.), Brown investigates the ways in which their Jewish food traditions mixed and morphed with the Southern food traditions surrounding them. Participants will learn how Jewish immigrants were influenced by the African American community in Columbia, as many new immigrant families settled in primarily African American neighborhoods.

November 21  |  Charlotte Adams

The Seibels House is the oldest house in Columbia, South Carolina, but a passerby would never date it to the turn of the nineteenth century. The Seibels House is comprised of a hodgepodge of rooflines and building materials, making it an architectural oddball. This house has witnessed the city of Columbia’s history unfold, and its mix of architectural styles evidence the way change over time affects a building’s aesthetic and use. USC History graduate student Charlotte Adams explores why Seibels House looks the way it does, and how this reflects layers of history and changing architectural trends.

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Reviving Historic Plaster and Masonry

Historic Columbia’s 2017 Preservation Workshop series, presented by Crawlspace Medic, concludes in November with an exploration of plaster and masonry. Lauren Dillon of Master of Plaster and Kirk Dillon of Dillion Construction Services will lead participants in a discussion and a demonstration of historic plaster, and attendees will learn about historically appropriate tools, materials, and application processes in this hands on workshop showcasing interior plaster restoration.

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Happy Hour on Main Street

Columbia’s Main Street boasts architectural styles spanning three centuries that speak to the tastes, interests, and aspirations of persons living and working in South Carolina’s second state capital. This guided tour offers insight into the history of Columbia focusing on the progress seen through the life of its Main Street and downtown corridor. Participants will stop at local historic sites and receive two free beverages and appetizers along the way. All tours meet on the Gervais St. side of the State House near the Washington statue. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, call (803) 252-1770 x 23, or email [email protected]

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Spirits Alive!

Grab your flashlight and join Historic Columbia and Elmwood Cemetery staff for guided tours presenting some of Columbia’s eerie and peculiar past by the light of the moon! Different than the regular monthly tours, Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours feature costumed tour guides, snacks and other Halloween-related activities.

Admission info:
HC members: $8 adults, $4 youth
Non-members: $12 adults, $6 youth

Admission includes tour of Elmwood Cemetery and light snacks. Reservations required. Tours begin every 30 minutes, and the last tour starts at 8:30 pm.

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Second Sunday Stroll | Melrose Heights

Explore the Melrose Heights neighborhood with Historic Columbia from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 8 during the monthly Second Sunday Stroll presented by Seed Architecture. The guided walking tour will travel through the historic neighborhood, which was recently listed as an historic site on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Stops will include highlights of various architectural styles, kit homes popular in the 1910s and historic locations in one of Columbia’s earliest suburbs. The tour will begin at Melrose Park located at 1500 Fairview Drive. Second Sunday Stroll is free for Historic Columbia members and $8/adult and $5/youth for non-members. Space is limited. For more information, email [email protected] or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

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Preservation Workshop | Do’s and Don’ts of Historic Home Renovation

Historic Columbia’s 2017 Preservation Workshop series, presented by Crawlspace Medic, returns in October.

Historic Columbia and the Committee for the Restoration and Beautification of Randolph Cemetery (CRBRC) will host a Preservation Workshop at the Seibels House to explore the ins and outs of renovating and maintaining a historic house. The workshop, led by Sean Stucker, director of facilities for Historic Columbia, and Staci Richey, owner of Access Preservation (which specializes in window restoration) and board member of the CRBRC, will lead attendees through a presentation and discussion that offers tips for success and that examines how to plan, to outline, and to manage a home rehab project. Participants will go on to explore work done over the centuries at the Seibels House and will have the chance to check out ongoing and recent renovations at several neighboring properties. The Seibels House is located at 1601 Richland Street. Light refreshments are included, and tickets for the workshop are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. To purchase tickets, email or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

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Homeschool Friday: Oktoberfest — Columbia’s German History

In honor of Oktoberfest, students will learn about the history of Germans in Columbia. Germans have made their home in Columbia since its founding days. Students will explore various aspects of German life, including pretzel making and yodeling. We’ll also learn about the contribution Germans made to science and music.

All homeschool students are invited to participate in Historic Columbia’s Homeschool Friday programs on the first Friday of the month. Each month’s program is from 10 – 11:30 a.m. and includes hands-on activities while students learn and explore different themes and historic sites with Historic Columbia. Homeschool Friday programs are designed for students of elementary and middle school age levels. Homeschool Friday is open to families and homeschool groups of less than 10 students. For larger groups, we recommend arranging a separate visit to explore that month’s topic. Program participants should gather in the Gift Shop at Robert Mills on the day of the program unless otherwise noted.

The cost is per student, with an accompanying adult free. Homeschool Fridays are $5 for members, $6 for non-members and $8 for both members and non-members at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, call (803) 252-1770 x 36, or email [email protected]

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Dollar Sunday | Robert Mills

Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of one of our historic house museums for just $1! This month visit the Robert Mills House & Gardens to see new exhibitions and experience a home built by one of our nation’s most revered early architechs. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! Tours begin at the top of the hour from 1 pm – 4 pm. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.

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Remembering 9/11 :: A Teacher’s Perspective

I was a fourth grader at Manchester Elementary School in the tiny town of Pinewood, South Carolina on September 11, 2001. We were tucked away back in the beautiful pines of Manchester State Forest far from New York City, Washington D.C., and the fields of Pennsylvania. Our teachers shielded us from what was unfolding all […]

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Second Sunday Stroll | University Hill

Join HC for a Second Sunday Stroll featuring our tour of University Hill!

Established between 1885 and 1950, the University Hill neighborhood features homes with a mix of architectural styles and designs from prominent regional and local architects. As one of the oldest residential communities in Columbia, this neighborhood has continued to be shaped and defined by urban renewal and the University of South Carolina’s eastward expansion. Bounded by Sumter Street, Gervais Street, Laurens Street, and Blossom Street, this portion of South Carolina’s capital city was listed as a Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 and is protected as an architectural conservation district by the City of Columbia.

Second Sunday Strolls provide a guided tour for many of the neighborhoods featured in Historic Columbia’s Retrace: Connecting Communities Through History brochures. Tours are 60 – 90 minutes in length.

A note on the weather: the tour will take place if it is just raining. If there is thunder/lightning in University Hill, it will be canceled.

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