Join HC this Holiday Season and Save!

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With our holiday events, sales and tours, now is a great time to join Historic Columbia—and we’re making it even better! From December 1 to 8, we’re discounting our Individual and Family level memberships.

  • Individual membership – usually $35, now just $28!
  • Family membership – usually $50, now just $40!

Already a member? Give the gift of membership! Visit historiccolumbia.org to learn more about the benefits of being a member.

To join online at these discounted rates, visit historiccolumbia.org and use the promo code HOLIDAY20. Join by phone at 803.252.7742 x 15 or download the membership form and mail it in with payment. Membership applications must be postmarked by December 8 to receive this special discount. Questions? Contact us at cobrien@historiccolumbia.org or 803.252.7742 x 15.

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Pick Up Some Last-Minute Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ Deals!

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Thanks so much to everyone who came out to Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ this year! Click here to check out an album of photos from the event, and feel free to tag yourself and your friends.

In case you couldn’t attend or missed out on the bidding portion of the evening, we have one last opportunity for you to save big on a few of our exciting auction packages and deals. Keep reading for a list of items below, and contact HC Development Coordinator Caitlin O’Brien at cobrien@historiccolumbia.org or 803.252.7742 x 15 to let her know what you would like to buy.

All items are first come, first serve, so don’t wait or you may miss your chance!

  • Mad Platter Package | Retail Value: $35 | Get it now for only $10!
    One $20 gift certificate with koozie and a small t-shirt
  • One-Month Membership to Carolina Crossfit | Retail Value: $300 | Get it now for only $80!
    Get fit with a free one-month membership to Carolina Crossfit, including a starter nutritional class.
  • One-Year Gym Membership | Retail Value: $708 | Get it now for only $100!
    Enjoy a single membership for one year to the Jewish Community Center, conveniently located a fifteen-minute drive from downtown Columbia.
  • Bright Smiles Package | Retail Value: $450 | Get it now for only $75!
    Just two visits to Devine Dentistry will put you on your way to a brighter and whiter smile!
  • Pedestal Table by Baker | Retail Value: $1,168 | Get it now for only $200!
    Donated by Westend. (See above for photo)
  • One-Hour Design Consultation with Ellen Taylor | Retail Value: $150 | Get it now for only $50!
  • Call the Experts Renovation Home Package | Retail Value: $450 | Get it now for only $150!
    Need an expert opinion on home renovation ideas?  This package includes a one hour architecture consult from Josh Bucher (The Boudreaux Group), an interior design consult by Katherine J. Anderson (Katherine J. Anderson Design and Interiors) and a garden consult from Jennifer Glass (Fine Gardening)
  • Garden Goodies Package | Retail Value: $350 | Get it now for only $75!
    Three Hours of Consultation with Jennifer Glass from Fine Gardening. Valid for two years, December 1- April 1. 15 miles radius of downtown ($400) and a $50 gift card to Woodley’s Garden Center.
  • Two Gift Certificates to The Acupuncture Clinic: The Art of Experienced Practice | Retail Value: $250 | Get it now for only $50!
  • Two-night stay at DoubleTree by Hilton | Retail Value: $338 | Get it now for only $100!
    Includes breakfast for two. Valid until April 23, 2014.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Palmetto Compress Warehouse | Retail Value: $250 | Get it now for only $75!
    Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Palmetto Compress Warehouse – the last of its kind in the country. Recently threatened with demolition, this unique historic site, which once held between 50,000 to 60,000 bales of cotton, will be adaptively used to for a hotel, condominiums, restaurants and office space. This intimate evening tour (6 people) will be led by Fred Delk, director of the Columbia Development Corporation, and staff at Historic Columbia.
  • Security System Installation Package | Retail Value: $795 | Get it now for only $200!
    Residential/ Commercial Security System in Richland and Lexington County only. Service includes installation and following equipment: one Vista 15 Control Panel, digital touch pad, one rechargeable battery, one siren, four door contacts, one motion detector, and one smoke detector. The winner must sign a one year monitoring/ maintenance contract for $30.00 per month. Offer valid until April 23, 2015.
  • Janet Kozachek Mask & Custom Acrylic Stand | Retail Value: $600 | Get it now for only $150!
    (See above for photo)
  • LaRoque Original Handmade Catch All Bag | Retail Value: $38 | Get it now for only $15!
    Ideal for makeup, toiletries, jewelry etc. Can also double as a clutch! (See above for photo)
  • Circa-1900 Edwardian Style oak fireplace double-pier mantel with integrated, beveled mirror | Retail Value: $1,500-$2,000 | Get it now for only $450!
    Salvaged from a turn-of–the-century former residence on Pickens Street, this handsome piece is ideal for both restoring a vintage building or becoming a centerpiece in a newly constructed residence or building. Featuring its original finish, this remarkable survivor has never been overpainted nor experienced any restoration work, except for its mirror. At seven feet tall, this rarity is a must for those seeking the out of the ordinary.

These items and packages will only be available until Sunday, November 30, so contact us TODAY!

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Celebrate the Holidays with Historic Columbia!

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The holiday season is nearly upon us, and Historic Columbia is pulling out all the stops. Starting Friday, November 21, see a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site. Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Historic Holiday Tours are free for HC members, $5 for youth and $8 for adults, and tours run through January 4 with special events and programs happening along the way:

  • Santa Signing. Saturday, Nov. 22. Visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills for a storewide one-day sale of 30% off all holiday trim décor and gift items! Our Victorian Santa will visit from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign free coloring pages for the little ones and take photos. Families will be able to buy a Santa Key and Reindeer Treats to help Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve and enjoy cookies and drinks while shopping. During this free event, register for giveaways for a great holiday stocking packed with or for a beautiful holiday wreath for Mom or Dad.
  • Historic Holidays Family Day. Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. Enjoy the holidays in the decorated Robert Mills House and learn about the history of several holiday traditions while enjoying holiday crafts and activities as a family. Family Day is free for adults and HC member youth and $6 for non-member youth.
  • Choir Showcase & $1 Tours. Saturday, Dec. 6 at noon. Local elementary schools will provide musical entertainment in front of the Robert Mills House for the community. This event is free and open to the public, and HC invites you to enjoy special $1 Historic Holiday Tours during the event.
  • Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides. Friday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. Visit the decorated halls of our historic house museums on a guided candlelight tour. Enjoy musical entertainment and children’s activities while celebrating the holidays with HC. Before or after your house tour, enjoy a carriage ride through the Robert Mills historic district. Carriage rides are $5 per person, and tours are $12 for adults, $8 for youth and free for HC members.
  • Breakfast with Santa. Saturday, Dec. 20 at 8 a.m. Enjoy a continental breakfast in our cozy Carriage House while listening to seasonal music. After breakfast, take a festive tour through Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree and make a holiday craft. Don’t forget to get a picture with HC’s Victorian Santa Claus! Admission is $10 for HC member adults, $3 for HC member youth, $12 for non-member adults, $4 for non-member youth ages 4 to 12 and free for kids 3 and under.

For more information on these events or to reserve your spot, please call 803.252.1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

Events aren’t the only way to celebrate with HC this season. Give a one-of-a-kind present and support Historic Columbia by shopping at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills; visit historiccolumbia.org to find more about upcoming sales and events.

Thinking about renting a Historic Columbia property for your event this winter? Schedule your event by November 30 and save 15%! For more information, contact Heather Bacon-Rogers at hbacon@historiccolumbia.org, and learn more about the properties available for rent at historiccolumbia.org.

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The Gift Shop at Robert Mills Wants to Thank You this April!

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It’s no joke! During the entire month of April, the Gift Shop at Robert Mills is proud to give our members, docents, staff, volunteers and board members a special thank you offer of 30% off all merchandise throughout the shop (excluding consignment items). This is our way of saying thank you to each of you for dedicating your time, energy and passion to Historic Columbia!

Come by the Gift Shop during our normal business hours to see what’s new and save! For more information about the shop, please call 803.252.1770 x 25 or email mjourney@historiccolumbia.org.

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Celebrate the Holidays with Historic Columbia!

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Holiday Banner 950x350The holiday season is nearly upon us, and Historic Columbia is pulling out all the stops. Starting Friday, Nov. 22, view a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site. Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Holiday house tours are free for HC members, $5 for youth and $8 for adults, and tours run through Jan. 5 with special events and programs happening along the way:

Family Day: Historic Holidays. Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. Enjoy the holidays in the decorated Robert Mills House and learn about the history of several holiday traditions while enjoying holiday crafts and activities as a family. Family Day is free for HC members, $6 for the first child and $3 for each additional child.

Choir Showcase & $1 Tours. Saturday, Dec. 7 at noon. Local elementary schools will provide musical entertainment in front of the Robert Mills House for the community. This event is free and open to the public, and HC invites you to enjoy special $1 Holiday House Tours during the event.

Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides. Friday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Visit the decorated halls of our historic house museums on a guided candlelight tour. Enjoy musical entertainment and children’s activities while celebrating the holidays with HC. Before or after your house tour, enjoy a carriage ride through the Robert Mills historic district. Carriage rides are $5 per person, and tours are $8 for adults, $5 for youth and free for HC members.

Breakfast with Santa. Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 a.m. Enjoy a continental breakfast in our cozy Carriage House while listening to seasonal music. After breakfast, take a festive tour through Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree and make a holiday craft. Don’t forget to get a picture with HC’s Victorian Santa Claus! Admission is $10 for HC member adults, $2 for HC member youth, $12 for non-member adults and $3 for non-member youth ages 4 to 12 and free for kids 3 and under.

For more information on these events or to reserve your spot, please call 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

Events aren’t the only way to celebrate with HC this season. Give a one-of-a-kind present and support Historic Columbia by shopping at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills; visit our website to find more about upcoming sales and events.

Thinking about renting a Historic Columbia property for your holiday party? Schedule your event by Nov. 30 and save 15 percent. For more information, contact Amy Kinard at akinard@historiccolumbia.org, and learn more about the properties available for rent at historiccolumbia.org.

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HCF and Blue Star Museums Offer Active Military Personnel Free Tours This Summer!

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Historic Columbia Foundation will offer active military personnel and their families free tours of all of its historic house museums from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, through Labor Day, September 2, 2013, as part of the Blue Star Museums program.

BluestarHistoric Columbia Foundation is one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer as part of the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

“Historic Columbia Foundation is proud to be a part of Blue Star Museums,” said Robin Waites, executive director of HCF. “Through this collaboration, service members and their families can experience Columbia’s history, and we are thrilled to give back to those who give so much for our country.”

Historic Columbia Foundation offers daily tours of the Robert Mills House & Gardens, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site. Tours start on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (last tour starts at 3 p.m.) and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday (last tour starts at 4 p.m.).  Tour tickets can be purchased at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills at 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201. For more information about the Foundation and these historic house museums, please visit historiccolumbia.org.

The free admission program is available to active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members.

More than 1,800 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are participating in Blue Star Museums, including history and science museums, children’s museums, fine art museums, and nature centers. For more information, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

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Historic Columbia Foundation is 'Famously Romantic' this Valentine's Day!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Historic Columbia Foundation is one romantic hotspot! Whether you areplanning a proposal, looking for a special Valentine’s Day gift or looking for a romantic activity, think HCF!

Shop at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills for the perfect gift for your loved ones. Take a stroll with your sweetheart in one of our beautiful gardens, which are FREE and open all week! Or pick an event from our program line-up and experience Columbia with your special someone.
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Planning a Proposal?
SH Gardens (April 2011)
HCF’s gardens were named one of Columbia’s most romantic hotspots! Pop the question in one of our beautiful green spaces. After she says “yes!” think HCF for your wedding venue. Our historic properties make a picturesque backdrop for your special day.
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

For the Ladies: Our shop has a variety of frames, jewelry, books, note cards and more, including the ‘Not So Shabby’ rose frame ($16), multi stone watch ($90) and theLittle Big Book of Love ($25).

For the Men: Clocks, neck ties, wine stoppers and more! Pick up a unique gift like thehand cut wood love bird clock ($42) or onyx heart paperweight ($18) for the man in your life.

For the Kiddos: Surprise the little ones with a candy filled heart bottle ($11) or plush stuffed bunny ($20). Our shop is filled with lots of fun sweets, pencils, stickers and games any child would love!

Hurry In! All of our Valentine’s Day merchandise is now 25% off!
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The Gift Shop at Robert Mills is conveniently located at 1616 Blanding Street, with free parking. We’re open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm – 5 pm. Come shop with us!
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Experience Columbia with Your Sweetheart

For the Foodie
If your valentine appreciates good eats, surprise him or her with tickets to The Palladium Society’s upcoming Chili Cook-Off! Get your tickets today and enjoy a flavorful night out with your sweetheart on Saturday, February 23. All you can eat and drink: chili, beer and wine. Tickets: $15 – $25

For the Sightseer
If your loved one enjoys taking in Columbia sights, reserve a place at one of our upcoming events, stroll though one of our gardens or visit one of our historic house museums. A couple that learns together, stays together!

Or give the gift that keeps on giving, give the gift of history! HCF Memberships start at just $35 and offer free admission to our house museums, a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, guest passes, free or discounted admission to HCF events, a shop discount and more. More about HCF membership…

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Historic Columbia Foundation’s Famously hot Behind the Scenes Tours Return with Two New Tours Announced!

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As part of the Historic Columbia Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, the organization’s popular behind-the-scenes tours return this fall with two exclusive tour options in September and October. Tours are sponsored by 2nd Wind Heating & Air Conditioning and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

SOLD OUT | On Saturday, September 29 from 10 am – noon, a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Bull Street Campus and South Carolina State Asylum Building will highlight the architecture and history of this historic property. The cost, which includes drinks and light refreshments, is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

On Tuesday, October 16 from 6 – 8 pm, a Behind the Scenes Tour of 701 Whaley, The Pacific Community Association Building with the owner will showcase the history and transformation of 701 Whaley property as well as offer a firsthand look at the indoor pool and gymnasium (located behind 701 Whaley) before its rehabilitation. The cost, which includes drinks and light refreshments, is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Beer, wine and appetizers will be provided.

Reservations for these exclusive 50th Anniversary tours can be made by email at specialtytours@historiccolumbia.org. Registration opens for the general public on September 19.

More about the Historic Bull Street Campus:
The beginnings of what ultimately became a largely self-sufficient city within a city lay in the completion of the Robert Mills-designed South Carolina State Asylum building in 1828.Bustling with activity for generations, the sprawling, 178-acre Department of Mental Health Bull Street campus today is best characterized largely by silence punctuated by sounds beyond its walls and perimeter roads. What lies ahead for this unique Columbia community remains far from certain. However, designs for its reuse have been vigorously debated for years and the key to the most successful plans will be retaining those aspects of the property of significant cultural and historical value. Tour SOLD OUT.

More about 701 Whaley, The Pacific Community Association Building:
Located within the former boundaries of the Olympia and Granby Mill complex, the Pacific Community Association Building had a tremendous social and cultural impact on the mill village it served for generations. Built by 1903, the original portion of the building was designed by the prolific mill engineer and architect W.B. Smith Whaley for use as a company store. About fifteen years later, the landmark was enlarged to include an indoor pool. A large gymnasium followed in 1923, long after the original portion of the building had been converted into a community center. From sports to community service organizations to recreational activities, this unique structure became a central fixture in the lives of rural workers drawn to Columbia for jobs in textile manufacturing. Today, the historic property, rehabilitated for events and offices, remains an important link to the capital city’s textile heritage.

About the 50th Anniversary behind-the-scenes tours, Robin Waites, Executive Director of Historic Columbia Foundation says “Back by popular demand, the Foundation is delighted to announce these new behind-the-scenes tours that explore two of Columbia’s significant landmarks.”  Members of the media are encouraged to contact Ashley Tucker, Marketing Coordinator, for historic photographs and questions about these exclusive tours at  803.252.7742 ext 16 or atucker@historiccolumbia.org.

About Historic Columbia Foundation:
In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition, officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. The 50th Anniversary year of Historic Columbia Foundation (which officially began on November 13, 2011) will include a variety of community celebratory events. Visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org for details.

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Have You Visited The SC State Museum's Titanic Exhibit? Special Discount for HCF Members in July!

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The South Carolina State Museum is offering a special discount to Historic Columbia Foundation Members this July! Get out of the famously hot summer heat and enjoy the new Titanic Exhibition this month with a special $3 off coupon. Be prepared to show your Membership Card when redeeming this discount. 

As you enter this feature exhibit, take on the identity of a real life first, second or third class passenger. Learn where they are from, where they are going and why they boarded the Titanic. At the end of the exhibit, find out if you survived the tragedy known as one of the greatest disasters in modern memory. The exhibit, open until September 16, features close to 200 artifacts and a “real-life” iceberg. Learn all about passenger life onboard the ship, read the many ice warnings the Titanic received (and ignored), and find out why they say “the Titanic was boomed from the beginning”.

Learn more about becoming a member of Historic Columbia Foundation here. Memberships start at just $35 and include free admission to our historic house museums, special discounts on programs and events and more!

Big thanks to the SC State Museum for extending this special discount to Historic Columbia Foundation Members! Learn more about the South Carolina State Museum on their website, Facebook Page and Twitter Feed.

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New Rental Special Announced: Host Your Meet-up, Tweet-up, Corporate Event, Holiday Party and More!

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Historic Columbia Foundation is announcing A NEW rental special! An ideal fit for your corporate meetinglunch n’ learn sessionholiday party, family reunion, meet-uptweet-upconference and more, HCF is offering a 20% rental rate for events held before January 31, 2013.

Book your fall or holiday event before October 31, 2012 and receive a savings of 20% off the rental rate! This special includes night and weekend rentals. Hold your event at one of our four historic venues before January 31, 2013 and you’ll enjoy a memorable venue at a price that will surely dazzle you…

Our Special Offer to You: 

We’re more than weddings, and we’re ready to accommodate! Allow us to prove it to you! Contact Amy Kinard at 803.252.7742 ext. 11 or akinard@historiccolumbia.org to learn more about this special offer. In the meantime, we’re sharing quick-looks at each of our properties below. *Offer excludes weddings.

seibels-houseExplore your options…
The circa-1796 Seibels House and Gardens is Columbia’s oldest remaining structure, located at 1601 Richland Street. The beautiful gardens feature large Palmetto trees, a striking fountain and blossoming flowers, while the house itself provides an intimate atmosphere for both large and small groups. The indoor space accommodates 80 seated and 150 standing with tables and chairs provided, while the garden accommodates 400. Learn more…

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The Big Apple was home to a synagogue circa-1915 before it was transformed into a 1930’s African-American nightspot. This one-of-a-kind building provides a spacious floor plan with breathtaking hard wood floors, beautiful large windows and a small upstairs balcony. Located at 1000 Hampton Street, the building accommodates 80 seated and 150 standing with tables and chairs provided. Learn more…

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The Robert Mills House and Garden is one of the city’s few National Historic Landmarks. Robert Mills, a native Charlestonian, designed scores of landmark buildings throughout South Carolina and Washington, D.C. The circa-1823 home provides a picturesque backdrop for any event, also featuring the Founders’ Garden and newly installed My Mother’s Garden with lush landscaping and ornate gardens. Located at 1616 Blanding Street, the carriage house and courtyard accommodates 75 seated and 125 standing while the full grounds accommodate 400. Learn more…

hampton-preston-mansionWhat could be more charming than holding your event on the grounds of a Columbia landmark that epitomizes the lifestyle of the planter-elite in antebellum South Carolina? The grounds of the circa-1818 Hampton-Preston Mansion, with four acres of lush green grass, newly rehabilitated gardens and of course a stunning antebellum home, can be the venue for your next memorable event. The space accommodates 400. Learn more…

What Others are Saying…
We were extremely happy with the service, attention and cooperative manner we were given. The house is beautiful and we had a fabulous time and will be recommending this venue to all our friends and family.
– DeShauna Branham Blinard about the Seibels House and Garden

I had great feedback from my guests at the event. The Big Apple was an excellent place for our reunion and I hope we can use it again in the future.– Anthony L. Mosley

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