HC’s Homeschool Fridays Return for the New School Year

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Calling all homeschool students and parents!  Join Historic Columbia on the first Friday of each month for our Homeschool Fridays and enjoy hands-on activities while learning and exploring different themes and historic sites.

The Homeschool Friday schedule this fall includes:

Sept. 5 | History of Media in Columbia and Richland County
Meet in the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding St.
Students will explore the rich media history of Columbia and Richland County including early newspapers, radio, and television stations. Topics will include yellow journalism, the assassination of The State’s founder by a lieutenant governor, and samples from newspapers that have operated in Columbia. From The Columbia Gazette in 1794 to ColaDaily.com, students will see how information has been communicated to Richland County’s residents throughout history.

Oct. 3 | Mourning Customs of the 19th Century
Meet in the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding St.
Students will discover how people in the 19th century mourned the loss of a loved one. Women were expected to observe certain mourning customs such as covering mirrors in a black cloth, wearing dark clothing and black jewelry, and even children wore a black ribbon around their arm. The students will also make their own “hair wreath,” a common practice to remember a loved one.

Nov. 7 | Woodrow Wilson’s Presidency
Meet at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, 1705 Hampton St.
The lasting effects of President Woodrow Wilson’s decisions as this nation’s leader continue to be felt today. This program will explore his work as president including the creation of the Federal Reserve to stabilize the banking system, his leadership in World War I, and the passage of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote.

Dec. 5 | Main Street Tour
Meet at the South Carolina State House at the intersection of Gervais and Main streets.
Main Street, or Richardson Street as it was originally called, is the most architecturally diverse area of Columbia today. From 19th-century two-story brick buildings to the newest office towers, Main Street’s prosperity has grown and declined over the city’s history. On a walking tour from the State House to the Tapp’s building, students will see the first mall on Main Street, bank vaults, movie theaters, and former department stores as they learn how building uses have changed and how Main Street is being revived.

Historic Columbia’s Homeschool Friday programs are $5 per student and open to all homeschool students of elementary and middle school age levels, and reservations are suggested. To reserve a spot or get more information, visit historiccolumbia.org, email jquint@historiccolumbia.org or call 803.252.1770 x 36.

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