Volunteer with Historic Columbia

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Historic Columbia was founded in 1961 by a group of concerned local citizens who volunteered their time, talents and passion for history in order to save the Robert Mills House and open it to the public. Ever since, volunteers have played an essential role in the organization. Today volunteers lead most of Historic Columbia’s house tours, walking tours and programs. They are instrumental in maintaining the vibrant gardens found on site, executing varied fundraising programs and making special events like The Jubilee Festival of Heritage and Candlelight Tours a success year after year. Needless to say, Historic Columbia wouldn’t be here today without decades of dedicated volunteer support.

Now it is your opportunity to join the legacy of Historic Columbia volunteers. Attend the next session of the Volunteer Orientation on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:30pm at the Seibels House, 1601 Richland Street, to learn more about volunteering and how to be involved. Volunteers are asked to commit at least nine hours a month to helping the organization in a variety of positions.

Currently there is there is a great need for Interpretive Guides to learn tours of the newly reopened Mann-Simons Site, which tells the story of the generations of entrepreneurial African American family who called it home. Interested volunteers will need to participate in one of the following all-day training sessions: Monday, Feb. 6, Saturday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 27. These training sessions will consist of the following: a sample tour of the site, an overview of the family, history of the site, broad topics related to the site- Slavery, Jim Crow, Civil Rights and Urban Renewal, and a day in the life of a volunteer, which will cover logistics of giving tours and other opportunities at the site. Volunteer training is free.

The gardening program will soon be embarking on several new projects across the grounds, including extensive plant labeling and a restoration of several historic elements on the grounds of the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Come be a part of these great programs! Volunteering with Historic Columbia is a great way to get to know the history of Columbia and Richland County through monthly volunteer meetings that feature visits to local historic sites, guest lectures and in depth discussion on the history of Historic Columbia’s historic sites led by HC staff members. In addition, all volunteers receive a ten percent discount at the Gift Shop at the Robert Mills House, complimentary admission to our historic house museums for yourself and members of your immediate family and a free subscription to Historically Speaking, Historic Columbia’s quarterly newsletter.

Be sure to attend the orientation to get started! Register today to reserve your spot by CLICKING HERE or contact Betsy Kleinfelder at 803-252-1770 x 24 or bkleinfelder@historiccolumbia.org.

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Historic Columbia Recognizes Volunteer Contributions at Annual Awards Luncheon

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Historic Columbia recognized the service and contributions of its volunteers at a private luncheon on Monday, April 27 at The Big Apple.

“While we take this opportunity to highlight a select few people at this event each year, each volunteer plays an important part in the success of this organization,” said Executive Director Robin Waites. “The strength of Historic Columbia is realized in the way that we work together to make this an organization one in which we can all be proud to play an integral role.”

2015 Volunteer Awards 2Effie Phillips received the Lifetime Service Award in recognition of her 34 years of volunteering with Historic Columbia.

“Effie Phillips has logged more hours with Historic Columbia than any other, performed more tours than any other and has served as the most impeccable of ambassadors for our local history,” said Director of Cultural Resources John Sherrer. “She has held the imaginations of countless visitors, young and old, native and from far off states and countries. She has epitomized longevity and leadership. Moreover, she has always been a person whom we could call on for help. We are thrilled to congratulate and thank her with Historic Columbia’s first Lifetime Service Award.”

2015 Volunteer Awards 1John Fiegel received the Volunteer of the Year Award.

“Over the past year, one volunteer has stood out for his flexibility, kindness and willingness to always help whenever possible. From being one of the first docents to complete the Wilson training to helping at cemetery tours to playing Santa Claus, John’s composure and quick wit make him a go-to person for so many of our tours and programs,” said Director of Education James Quint.

2015 Volunteer Awards 4Jackie West received the Innovative Leadership Award for her leadership on the Jubilee: Festival of Heritage planning committee.

“From administrative help to single-handedly creating educational activities for the 2014 Jubilee festival to leadership roles on steering committees, Jackie’s new and great ideas are make her the epitome of an innovative leader,” said Engagement Coordinator Celia Galens.

Kathy Norton of BlueCross BlueShield of SC received the Service Award for her many years of service on HC’s Board of Trustees and chairing the Strategic Planning Committee.

“Since 2009, Kathy has been an exemplar of service to Historic Columbia, actively volunteering her time on the Board and at special events,” said Waites. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with her, and when she rotates off the board in October, she will leave very large shoes to fill.”

Porchia Moore received the Newcomer Award for her contributions to the Woodrow Wilson Family Home volunteer training program and on the Mann-Simons reinterpretation committee.

“Porchia has been a vital part of the training process for Woodrow Wilson Family Home docents,” said Jen Taylor, Woodrow Wilson Family Home lead facilitator. “I frequently hear that her race and sensitivity workshop is the most thought-provoking and often their favorite of the training sessions.”

2015 Volunteer Awards 3Janice Bowman, Amber Miller and Diane Coker received the Special Contributions Award for their service as “The Collections Cleaning Crew,” who donate their time to make sure Historic Columbia’s house museums are clean and sparkling for visitors.

“Not many people would volunteer to vacuum, sweep and dust someone else’s house, but we are fortunate to have three such women who come in every Monday to make sure our museums look their best for our guests,” said Director of Historic House Museums Fielding Freed.

2015 Volunteer Awards 6Kate Dixon and Dick Summers received 15-Year Service pins, Ella Pfaehler received her 10-Year Service pin, and Pat Itter, Vivian Moore, Hank Shaw, Foster Yarborough, Bobbie Osborne, Donna Stokes and Helen Brown received 5-Year Service pins to recognize their years of volunteering with Historic Columbia.

Historic Columbia holds its Volunteer Awards Luncheon every April to celebrate and thank the many volunteers who donate their time and expertise to advancing HC’s mission to preserve, promote and protect the history and cultural resources of Columbia and Richland County. This year’s luncheon featured produce donated by Senn Brothers Produce.

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Call for Volunteers: Historic Columbia’s New Volunteer Training Starts Nov. 10

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Meet new people, visit historic sites and discover the culture and lifestyles of Columbia and Richland County by volunteering for Historic Columbia.

New volunteer training kicks off at 9 am on Monday, November 10 with a three-hour orientation introducing Historic Columbia’s sites, programs and events. Additional training will be provided as new volunteers choose their role within the organization. HC is looking for volunteers willing to donate six or more hours a month to nurturing, supporting and protecting the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and Richland County.

Last year, HC’s volunteer corps provided 9,000 hours of service at a value of $181,350. “Year after year, our volunteers are the ones who make it possible to accomplish our goals,” said HC Visitor & Interpretive Services Coordinator Betsy Kleinfelder. “They are a vital part of Historic Columbia’s mission to nurture, support and protect the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and Richland County.”

For more information on how to volunteer, visit historiccolumbia.org or contact Betsy at 803.252.1770 x 24 or bkleinfelder@historiccolumbia.org.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Complimentary entrance into the historic house museums for volunteers and members of their immediate family.
  • A 15 percent discount on purchases.
  • A free subscription to Historically Speaking, HC’s quarterly newsletter.
  • The opportunity to tour and visit other historic sites during monthly volunteer meetings and presentations.

Plus, make new friends and share experiences with others who have similar passions!

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Historic Columbia’s Traveling Trunk Program Needs Volunteers!

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Do you have a love of history you’d like to share with children? Are you interested in learning more about South Carolina history by helping students? Then Historic Columbia’s Education Department needs you as a volunteer for its Traveling Trunk program!

Historic Columbia will offer a training session for interested volunteers at 10 am on Monday, August 25 at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street in downtown Columbia. The Traveling Trunk program takes history directly to students by way of a trunk of artifacts, games and stories that volunteers take into the classroom and use to lead interactive, educational activities. All Traveling Trunk programs align with South Carolina state social studies standards for a variety of grade levels and topics.

Historic Columbia’s Traveling Trunk program has grown rapidly in the last several years; in the 2013-2014 school year, the program saw more than 5,000 students across South Carolina. Thanks to a generous donation from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Traveling Trunks are offered to schools in Richland and Lexington counties for 50% off the standard price of $60.

Interested volunteers and teachers can learn more about Traveling Trunks at historiccolumbia.org. To sign up for the training program, contact HC’s Engagement Coordinator Celia Galens at 803.252.1770 x 26 or cgalens@historiccolumbia.org.

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What’s Happening at HC This June?

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HC’s Presidential Summer Camp Kicks Off June 23!

Presidential Summer Camp
June 23 – 27 and July 7 – 11
HC member youth $160 | Non-member youth $200
Ages 8 – 12

Let your kids travel through time at Historic Columbia’s Presidential Summer Camp! Campers will experience Columbia’s presidential history through crafts, games and activities. From George Washington’s visit in 1791 to modern presidents and candidates, they will connect South Carolina’s capital city to the national capital and get to know our commanders-in-chief by exploring the Woodrow Wilson Family Home and discovering presidential personalities and interests, such as Woodrow Wilson’s love of baseball and role-playing as a British admiral. Register for one of our two summer camp sessions by calling 803.252.1770 x 36 or by emailing jquint@historiccolumbia.org. Registration forms are available at historiccolumbia.org.

Visit Columbia’s Sacred Sites on Our Second Sunday Roll June 8!

Second Sunday Roll | Sacred Sites
Sunday, June 8 | 2 pm
HC members: $8 adults & $4 youth
 | Non-members:  $12 adults & $6 youth

Discover the history of Columbia’s Sacred Sites on this month’s Second Sunday Roll as we visit some of the capital city’s oldest churches and their cemeteries, including First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church of Columbia and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

This Second Sunday Roll will meet at Robert Mills Carriage House. Reservations are required; register for this tour by calling 803.252.1770 x 23 or by emailing reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

Take a Moonlight Tour of Elmwood Cemetery June 12!

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours
Thursday, June 12 | 7:30, 8 & 8:30 pm
HC members: $8 adult & $4 youth | Non-members: $12 adult & $6 youth
Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave

Grab your flashlight and join us for a tour of one of Columbia’s oldest cemeteries and discover centuries of stories etched in stone on the markers and headstones found within Elmwood Cemetery’s acres of carefully planned grounds. The perfect after-work activity, our cemetery tours are an event the whole family will enjoy! Get your tickets online, by emailing reservations@historiccolumbia.org or by phone at 803.252.1770 x 23.

Be a Part of the 36th Annual Jubilee!

36th Annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage
Saturday, August 23 | 11 am – 5 pm
Free and open to the public

We’re looking for entertainers, demonstration artists and vendors to be part of our annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage on Saturday, August 23!

Historic Columbia is searching for entertainment acts that reflect Jubilee and African American heritage: drum and dance groups, gospel, blues and spoken word acts, and demonstration artists who can demonstrate and engage guests in arts and crafts like basket weaving, print making or indigo dying, to name just a few. Ready to sign up? Download the application forms here!

We also need vendors to make this festival a success – associations, churches, civic/service groups, health/medical organizations, charities, food/beverage, and retail! Download the application and learn more about Jubilee at historiccolumbia.org.

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Call for Volunteers: Historic Columbia’s New Volunteer Training Starts June 9!

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Meet new people, visit historic sites and discover the culture and lifestyles of Columbia and Richland County by volunteering for Historic Columbia.

New volunteer training kicks off at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 9 and consists of five weekly general introductory sessions. Additional training will be provided as new volunteers choose their role within Historic Columbia. HC is looking for volunteers willing to donate six or more hours a month to nurturing, supporting and protecting the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and Richland County.

Last year, HC’s volunteer corps provided more than 11,000 hours of service, at a value of $243,540. “Our volunteers are a vital part of Historic Columbia, and they are the ones who make it possible to accomplish our goals year after year,” said Ann Posner, HC’s volunteer manager.

For more information on how to volunteer, contact Ann at 803.252.1770 x 24 or aposner@historiccolumbia.org.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Complimentary entrance into the historic house museums for volunteers and members of their immediate family.
  • A 15 percent discount on purchases.
  • A free subscription to Historically Speaking, HC’s quarterly newsletter.
  • The opportunity to tour and visit other historic sites during monthly volunteer meetings and presentations.
  • Plus, make new friends and share experiences with others who have similar passions!
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HC Says “Thank You!” at 2014 Volunteer Awards

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Historic Columbia recognized the service and contributions of its volunteers at a private luncheon on Monday, April 21 at The Big Apple.

Cleve Walker of Quackenbush Architects received the Service Award in recognition of his years serving on the Palladium Society’s board of directors in many capacities.

“Chances are, if you’ve been to a Palladium Society event in the last ten years, you’ve seen Cleve. What you probably haven’t seen are his tireless efforts behind the scene – making sure each of our events comes off without a hitch,” said Megan Plott, president of The Palladium Society.

Kendal Benjamin received the Rising Star Award. Benjamin, a senior at CA Johnson High School who has volunteered as part of Historic Columbia’s Mann-Simons Community Engagement Project, spent the past year assisting other students with video projects documenting the history of their community and high school and facilitating student visits to HC properties.

“Kendal has been a natural leader, teaching his peers the basics of media, helping them create their documentaries and encouraging their interest in the project,” said Celia Galens, HC engagement coordinator and administrator for MSCEP.

Dr. Tom Brown, Dr. Allison Marsh and Dr. Ken Clements, all from the University of South Carolina, received the Innovative Leadership Award for their leadership and contributions to the reinterpretation of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.

“Since November of 2010, Tom, Allison and Ken put in hundreds of hours and generously contributed their expertise,” said Fielding Freed, HC’s director of historic house museums. “Our shared goal of opening an historic house museum like none other in South Carolina simply would not have been successful without these three people who worked so hard behind the scenes.”

Richland County Councilman Greg Pearce received the Special Contributions Award.

“Long before I joined Historic Columbia, Greg served as our liaison and advocated for support and resources. Given the opportunity at Woodrow Wilson Family Home, he put his advocacy into another gear,” said Robin Waites, executive director of Historic Columbia. “This is the person who really deserves the credit for the Woodrow Wilson Family Home as you experience it today.”

Pam Redfield received the Volunteer of the Year Award.

“Pam has initiative and enthusiasm to spare,” said Ann Posner, HC’s volunteer manager. “Whether its developing and giving tours, leading committees or helping with school groups, she’s always willing to lend a hand, and we are so grateful to have her as part of the Historic Columbia family.”

Janice Bowman, Bill Bowman, Pris Stickney and Anne Weir received 20-Year Service pins to recognize reaching their twentieth year of volunteering with Historic Columbia. Susie Bid Brown, John Clark, John Fiegel, Walt Hall, Lynn Kelley, Pam Redfield, Margie Richardson, Bernadette Scott and Pris Stickney received Service Awards for their work as the first Historic Columbia docents to give tours of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.

“While we take this opportunity to highlight a select few people at this event each year, each volunteer plays an important part in the success of this organization,” said Waites. “The strength of Historic Columbia is realized in the way that we work together to make this an organization one in which we can all be proud to play an integral role.”

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Volunteer at the Happiest 5k on the Planet to Support Historic Columbia!

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The Color Run™, the largest 5k paint event in the world, returns to Columbia on Saturday, March 1 and is once again teaming up with charity partners Historic Columbia and Girls on the Run of Columbia for the event.

The 5k course starts and ends at Finlay Park, and the fun will continue at a finish line color festival. Runners and walkers can register individually or with a 4-person team. This year’s colorful course runs through historic Elmwood Park, which was originally the site of the Old State Fair Grounds until 1903, and the Earlewood neighborhood, established in 1910.

“Historic Columbia is proud to be a charity partner for The Color Run,” says Carrie Phillips, director of marketing at Historic Columbia. “Running through Columbia’s historic neighborhoods is a wonderful way to see the history of the capital city.”

With no winners or official times, The Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality, bringing the community together to create a five-kilometer canvas of colorful fun in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.

“The Color Run’s focus on health, happiness and fun aligns perfectly with our program’s philosophy,” says Girls on the Run executive director Mary Lohman. “We’re honored to partner with The Color Run for the second year in a row.”

As charity partners, Historic Columbia and Girls on the Run are assisting with volunteer recruitment for the event. Volunteer shifts are available at the check-in party on Friday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on the day of the race, Saturday, March 1, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shifts include working packet pick-up, tossing color on runners, handing out water, assisting with check-in, revving up the crowd at the finish festival and more. To volunteer, visit this website and be sure to select a charity partner. Each charity partner receives a donation for every volunteer who completes a shift.

In 2013, “Color Runners” raced in more than 170 events in over 30 countries. Returning for a new year with a new tour, The Color Run plans to continue making 5k magic in 2014 with the Kaleidoscope Tour.

“We call The Color Run the ‘happiest 5K on the planet’ because our events bring together friends and family in a unique, healthy and fun environment,” said Travis Snyder, founder of The Color Run. “Our only rules are that people wear white and prepare to be covered in color at the finish!”

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What’s Happening at HC This February?

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Celebrate the Reopening of the
Woodrow Wilson Family Home!

Join Historic Columbia as we celebrate the reopening of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home at a party fit for a president, inspired by the year the house was saved from the wrecking ball – 1928. Pull out your flapper fringe, top hats and tails, and get ready to party like a president!

Party Like a President
Friday, February 7 | 7 – 10 pm
Woodrow Wilson Family Home
1705 Hampton Street

Purchase your tickets today!

  • Historic Columbia Members: $100
  • Non-Members: $125
  • Woodrow Wilson Society Membership + 2 party tickets + 2 tickets to the private donor reception at 6 pm: $450

Woodrow Wilson Family Home Opening Weekend Kicks Off February 15

After eight years of research, rehabilitation and restoration, South Carolina’s presidential site, the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, will reopen to the public on Presidents Day Weekend.

Join us for our Opening Day Festival on Saturday, February 15 on the grounds of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Starting with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 am, the house will be open for tours from 10 am to 4 pm. We’ll have tours of the grounds and gardens every half hour, food trucks, live music, crafts, shopping and a visit from President Wilson himself!

On Sunday, February 16, the house will be open for tours from 1 to 5 pm. Garden tours will start every half hour, and we will have shopping onsite as well as crafts for the kids. Admission to the grounds is free; house tour prices are listed below.

Though Historic Columbia properties are usually closed on Mondays, the Woodrow Wilson Family Home will be open for tours on February 17 to celebrate Presidents Day. The house and gardens will be open for tours from 10 am to 4 pm, with the last tour beginning at 3 pm, and we’ll have crafts for the kids and shopping!

Admission to our opening day festival is free, and tours are free for members, $8 for adults and $5 for youth. There will not be advance tickets for this event; admission may be purchased at the door. For more information, please contact Historic Columbia at 803.252.1770 x 33 or sblackwell@historiccolumbia.org.

The restoration of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home would not have been possible without the support of Richland County, the Department of the Interior’s Save America’s Treasures grant program, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Humanities Council SC, Columbia Garden Club, NBSC, Southeastern Freight Lines, AgFirst, Childs & Halligan, the Lucy Hampton Bostick Charitable Trust, Keenan Energy Company, The Osceola Foundation and many private donors.

Woodrow Wilson Family Home Opening Weekend
Saturday, February 15 – Monday, February 17
Tours: Free for HC members | $8 adults | $5 youth
Festival admission: Free

We Want You to Volunteer for Historic Columbia!

Looking for a way to meet new people, visit historic sites and discover the culture and lifestyles of Columbia and Richland County? Volunteer for Historic Columbia! Join us at 10 am on Monday, February 10 at the Seibels House for the first session of our new volunteer training to get your start with HC.

Spend as little as six hours per month, or volunteer each week with us fulfilling our mission to nurture, support and protect the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and its environs through programs of advocacy, education and preservation. Training consists of five weekly general introductory sessions, and you will receive additional training as you choose your role within HC. There are many ways to get involved and follow your interests– our volunteers work in the gardens, lead tours, do research, help care for our collections and complete administrative tasks.

As a Historic Columbia volunteer, you will:

  • Receive a 15% discount on purchases at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.
  • Enjoy complimentary admission to our historic house museums for yourself and members of your immediate family.
  • Attend special Historic Columbia functions for free or at reduced rates.
  • Receive a free subscription to Historically Speaking, Historic Columbia’s quarterly newsletter.
  • Tour and visit other historic sites during monthly volunteer meetings and presentations.
  • Plus, make new friends and share experiences with others who have similar passions!

Are you already a volunteer? Invite your friends to join you! For more information on how to volunteer, contact Ann at 803.252.1770 x 24 or aposner@historiccolumbia.org.

New Volunteer Training
Mondays, February 10 – March 17 | 10 am
Seibels House, 1601 Richland Street

Tour the Camp Asylum Dig Site Starting February 14

Join SCIAA’s Dr. Chester DePratter and his team for a tour of the Camp Asylum archaeological dig site on the Bull Street campus. Offered on Fridays from February 14 through April 25 at 11 am and 1 pm, each one hour tour will give you an inside look at Dr. DePratter’s efforts to discover what life was like at Camp Asylum, a Civil War prison camp built for the incarceration of Union Soldiers from December 1864 to February 1865. Please note that there will not be any tours on April 4.

Tour admission is $10, and all attendees will be required to submit a release form to attend this tour. We will send the form to you after you register. You may register for this tour by phone at 803.252.1770 x 23 or online at historiccolumbia.org.

Camp Asylum Dig Site Tours
Fridays, February 14 – April 25 | 11 am & 1 pm
$10 admission

Enter The Palladium Society’s 16th Annual
Chili Cook-Off!

Test your chili-cooking prowess against the Midlands’ best at The Palladium Society’s 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off on March 1!

Share your chili recipe with more than 500 of Columbia’s finest chili-tasters from 5 – 8 pm on Saturday, March 1 in the Ellison Building at the State Fairgrounds. Hosted by The Palladium Society, the Chili Cook-Off features a variety of chili recipes judged by local celebrities, as well as live music and prizes for the winners.

Visit our website to register! Download and complete our entry form before the deadline on Tuesday, February 25. The $20 entry fee covers one chili entry, plus two tickets (cook and one guest – a value of $60) to this famously hot event.

Not a cook? Come to the Chili Cook-Off as a taster and sample all the local recipes. Admission includes all you can eat and drink chili, wine and beer, and all proceeds from this event benefit Historic Columbia.

Get your tickets online, by phone at 803.252.7742 x 11 or by email at akinard@historiccolumbia.org.

The Palladium Society’s 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, March 1 | 5 – 8 pm
Chili competition entry: $20
$15 Palladium members | $25 HC members | $30 Non-members
All tickets will be $30 at the door

Volunteer at the Happiest 5k on the Planet & Support Historic Columbia!

The Color Run is returning to Columbia on Saturday, March 1, and Historic Columbia is a charity partner! We need your help – The Color Run needs volunteers, and for every volunteer we recruit, HC gets a cash donation!

Volunteer shifts are available on at the check-in party on Friday, February 28 and the day of the race, Saturday, March 1. Shifts include working packet pick-up, tossing color on runners, handing out water, assisting with check-in, revving up the crowd at the finish festival and more! Want to run and volunteer? Sign up for a shift on Thursday or Friday, and use the coupon code “COLORHC” to save $5 when you register to run.

Signing up is easy: just click here, select your shift and fill out the registration form. Make sure you select us as your designated charity partner so your service helps HC. Sign up today!

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Call for Volunteers: Historic Columbia’s New Volunteer Training Starts Feb. 10

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Meet new people, visit historic sites and discover the culture and lifestyles of Columbia and Richland County by volunteering for Historic Columbia.

New volunteer training kicks off at 10 aam on Monday, February 10 and consists of five weekly general introductory sessions. Additional training will be provided as new volunteers choose their role within Historic Columbia. HC is looking for volunteers willing to donate six or more hours a month to nurturing, supporting and protecting the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and Richland County.

Last year, HC’s volunteer corps provided more than 11,000 hours of service, at a value of $243,540. “Our volunteers are a vital part of Historic Columbia, and they are the ones who make it possible to accomplish our goals year after year,” said Ann Posner, HC’s volunteer manager.

For more information on how to volunteer, contact Ann at 803.252.1770 ext. 24 or aposner@historiccolumbia.org.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Complimentary entrance into the historic house museums for volunteers and members of their immediate family,
  • A 15 percent discount on purchases
  • A free subscription to Historically Speaking, HC’s quarterly newsletter,
  • The opportunity to tour and visit other historic sites during monthly volunteer meetings and presentations.
  • Plus, make new friends and share experiences with others who have similar passions!

What HC volunteers are saying:
“HC is a nice place for me to utilize my skills. Whether I’m helping visitors or working on various special projects and activities, there are always opportunities for adventure at Historic Columbia.”
– Helen Brown, 2012 Volunteer Service Award Winner

“Every time I participate in a volunteer activity, whether it be as a house docent, traveling trunk leader, etc., I learn something new. I feel like a sponge soaking up any scrap of information someone wants to share.”
– Pat Itter, 2012 Volunteer Service Award Winner

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