Forest Acres Lecture Series Kicks Off 10/19: New Location and New Topics

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Historic Columbia Foundation, in partnership with the City of Forest Acres and the Forest Acres Retail Merchant Association (FARMA), invites you to enjoy discussions on the history of the town incorporated in 1935. The lectures will be held at A.C. Flora High School this year, at 1 Falcon Drive.  Special pricing is also being offered this year, with attendees having the option of attending one Lecture of his/her choice for only $10.  Details below.

The History of Forest Acres is part of a recurring series of Early Columbia Lectures hosted by Dr. Warner Montgomery, local historian and author of Images of America: Forest Acres. Dr. Montgomery will delve into the history of Forest Acres through a chronological lens as well as thematically addressing government, businesses, schools and residential growth. Each date features a new topic.

October 19 (Lecture): 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Geography, Exploration, and Settlement: 1540-1900; The Fall Line, Taylor Town and the Old Camden Road; The Taylor, Hampton, and Dent families.

October 23 (Bus Tour): 2 pm- 5 pm
Quinine Hill, Forest Lake, and all places in between

October 26 (Lecture): 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Religion, Retreats, and Recreation: 1900-1935
; Bethel Church, Quinine Hill, and Lakeview; Sen. James H. Hammond and John Hughes Cooper.

November 2 (Lecture): 6 pm – 7:30 pm
A City: Develops and Thrives: 1935-2010;Water, Roads, Schools, Churches,

Businesses; From Hazlehurst to Brunson; From 300 to 10,000 residents.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of time to check in. The book Images of America: Forest Acres by Dr. Montgomery will be on sale before and after each lecture.

Admission Information:

Cost Per Lecture: $10 adults/ $5 students
Cost for Bus Tour: $10 adults / $5 students
Attend all three lectures and receive $10 shopping credit for Forest Acres merchants (to be used by 11/2)!

Registrations can be made online via this registration form, emailed to reservations@historiccolumbia.org. Mail-in registration: 1601 Richland Street, 29201 attn: Ann Posner. Registration also available at the event or at the Museum Shop, 1616 Blanding Street. Light refreshments served during lectures. For more information call 803.252.1770, ext. 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

Photos, courtesy Warner Montgomery (click any image to enlarge):

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Seeking Craft and Food Vendors for Our 50th Anniversary Celebration

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The 50th Anniversary Celebration for Historic Columbia Foundation is coming up on November 13, 2011! The celebration will include the debut of a new exhibit, walking tours, and a public panel featuring Rodger Stroup, Belinda Gergel, and Walter Edgar.

Historic Columbia Foundation is seeking craft and food vendors to join us in this celebration. Traditional/folk crafts, such as pottery, quilting, homemade jams, homemade soaps and vintage-inspired crafts are especially needed. Details (including application and forms) are posted online here. Questions? Please contact Sarah Blackwell at sblackwell@historiccolumbia.org or 803.252.1770 ext. 33 for more information.

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Join Us Sunday, October 9 at 2 pm for a Second Sunday Stroll of Hollywood / Rose Hill Neighborhood

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COLUMBIA, SC (October 4, 2011) – Historic Columbia Foundation is holding a walking tour of Columbia’s historic Hollywood / Rose Hill neighborhood on Sunday, October 9, 2011 from 2 pm – 3 pm. Bordered on the south by Rosewood, the north by Wales Garden and Wheeler Hill, the east by Shandon, and the west by the University of South Carolina athletic fields, the Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhood today is noted for its architectural heritage, the diversity and involvement of its residents, and its proximity to downtown attractions and important services.

A gallery of many of the homes in this historic neighborhood (both past and present day photos) can be found on the Foundation’s Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=273725445983653#!/media/set/?set=a.10150409817131515.410814.39473626514.

Hollywood / Rose Hill resident Zach Kelehear describes the benefits of living in Hollywood-Rose Hill in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E90KoPEpT68&feature=player_embedded&noredirect=1#!.

Those interested in joining the guided tour may make a reservation by email at reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or by phone at (803) 252-1770 ext. 24. The cost of the tour is free for members, $6 adults, and $3 youth (17 and under).

Second Sunday Strolls are a part of Historic Columbia Foundation’s Retrace: Connecting Communities Through History (CCTH) initiative. CCTH includes six virtual tours (including Hollywood / Rose Hill) available at http://www.historiccolumbia.org (click “Retrace” icon at bottom of page) as well as printed tour brochures available in the Museum Shop at 1616 Blanding Street.

Upcoming Second Sunday Strolls (begin at 2 pm on the dates below):
Nov. 13-Robert Mills East. Meet at the Museum Shop at Robert Mills.
Dec. 11-Main St. Meet at the front steps of the State House on the Gervais St. side.
January 15-Heathwood. Meet at Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Rd.
February 12-Lower Waverly. Meet at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 230 Green St.
March 11-Old Shandon. Meet at Wheatley Branch, RCPL, 931 Woodrow St.
April 15-The Vista. Meet at The Big Apple, 1000 Hampton Street.
May 13-Robert Mills West. Meet at Seibels House, 1601 Richland St.
June 10-Arsenal Hill. Meet at Palmetto Armory and Ironworks, 1900 Lincoln St.

Historic Columbia Foundation was founded in 1961 by a group of preservationists determined to save the Ainsley Hall House, known today as the Robert Mills House. More than four decades later, Historic Columbia Foundation manages four historic house museums and their associated artifacts, and tells the stories of people, places and progress in Columbia and Richland County. For more information, please visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org.

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Robert Mills House Staged for a 19th Century Funeral as Part of October Exhibit, A House in Mourning

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Robert Mills House Staged for a 19th Century Funeral as Part of October Exhibit, A House in Mourning

COLUMBIA, SC (October 3, 2011) – The Robert Mills House will be staged for a fictional, but typical, nineteenth century funeral, complete with a coffin in the parlor as a part of Historic Columbia Foundation’s exhibit, A House in Mourning. The exhibit will run October 2 – 31 at the Robert Mills House, located at 1616 Blanding Street in Columbia, SC.  The exhibit is a part of the Robert Mills House Tour, held Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm (last tour at 3 pm) and Sunday from 1 pm – 5 pm (last tour at 4 pm).  Cost is $6/adults, $3/youth, and free for members.

Authentic Victorian-era artifacts featured in the exhibit include:

  • A Victorian-era silk and velvet mourning dress,
  • Hair jewelry, including a miniature produced locally by Sylvan Brothers,
  • Lace mourning shawls and fan,
  • Jet jewelry with intricate carvings, most likely from Whitby, England,
  • A rare 19th-century medicine kit, and
  • A table clock “stopped” to the hour of death.

Interesting mourning facts that will be discussed as a part of the Robert Mills House tour during the month of October as a part of the A House in Mourning exhibit include:

  • Queen Victoria, devastated by the premature death of her husband Prince Albert in 1861, remained in mourning for the rest of her life. Her immense popularity among Britons and Americans created a “cult of mourning” on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Victorian mourning customs were based on a strict set of rules that upper- and middle-class families strove to follow. The responsibility fell mainly on women, who were expected to grieve no less than two and a half years for their husband. Widows’ clothing progressed through stages of mourning.

About the exhibit, Robin Waites, Executive Director of Historic Columbia Foundation says “The complex mourning rituals of the 19th century are on display during the month of October at the Robert Mills House”.

Historic Columbia Foundation has a variety of Victorian-era collection items, including garments and jewelry, easily transportable to your TV station or office for photography, video and discussion.  An expert on these collection items is also available for interviews. High resolution photos of the exhibit are also available.

This exhibit is one of a variety of events the Foundation will host in October.

Other October events of interest include: 

Cemetery Tours of Elmwood Cemetery (Historic Hauntings), October 13 from 6 -8:30 pm (http://historiccolumbia.org/site/calendar/2011/10/13/events/historic-hauntings),

Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit (FREE and Open to the Public), October 1-31
(http://historiccolumbia.org/site/calendar/2011/10/01/events/scarecrows-in-the-garden),

Pumpkin Patch Early Adventures, October 1 – 31
(http://historiccolumbia.org/site/calendar/2011/10/01/events/early-adventures-pumpkin-patch), and

Family Day, October 29 from Noon – 2 pm
(http://historiccolumbia.org/site/calendar/2011/10/29/events/family-day-scarecrows-in-the-garden).

Historic Columbia Foundation was founded in 1961 by a group of preservationists determined to save the Ainsley Hall House, known today as the Robert Mills House.  More than four decades later, Historic Columbia Foundation manages four historic house museums and their associated artifacts, and tells the stories of people, places and progress in Columbia and Richland County. For more information, please visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org.

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Scarecrows in the Garden: The Full Lineup

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October is full of Scarecrow events at Historic Columbia Foundation.  If you’re looking for family-friendly events and exhibits, we have you covered! Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation for events with admission. Remember, the Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit (which runs the full month of October) is FREE and open to the public!

Here’s a rundown of Scarecrow events:

1.Opening Reception and Awards
Sunday, October 2, 2 pm – 5 pm

Join us for the Opening Reception and Awards for our Scarecrows in the Garden ContestScarecrows in the Garden exhibit on the Robert Mills House grounds. Judging will take place from 2 pm – 3:30 pm; awards for the business/organization and family/individual categories will be announced at 4 pm. While you are here don’t forget to vote on your favorite scarecrow and “Class-crow” and let us know if you can find Sneaky Steve too!

Activities include a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt and the new House in Mourning tour debut with highlight tours that feature fashion, practices and traditions that were customary during the Victorian Era. Come dressed as a scarecrow to be eligible for a special prize! Admission includes children’s crafts, highlight tours of House in Mourning, light appetizers, beverages, and family fun.
Members: Adults/$4, Children/Free;
Non-Members: Adults/$8, Children 6-12/$4, Children 5 & under/Free;
Exhibitors: Adults/$4, Children 6-12/$2, Children 5 & under/Free

2. Annual Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit
FREE and Open to the Public
October 1-31, 2011
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm;
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

Take a stroll through the historic Robert Mills House grounds and view dozens of uniquely-crafted scarecrows from area businesses, schools, families, and organizations during our FREE Scarecrows in the Garden public exhibit during the month of October.

The exhibit showcases ghoulish, historical, and colorful scarecrow entries from this year’s Scarecrows in the Garden Contest. Activities also include a scavenger hunt and locating the “Sneaky Steve” scarecrow. More information…

3. New Exhibit!
A House in Mourning
October 1 – 31

Mourning the loss of a loved one was much more public for Americans during the 19th century than it is today. The sadness a family felt was outwardly shown by more than just the wearing of black clothing, however. There were certain customs observed such as covering mirrors that seem quaint to us today but were important for Victorian Americans in order to properly honor the deceased.

During the month of October, the Robert Mills House will feature many of these mourning traditions. Guided tours will discuss the role and importance of stages of mourning during the 1860s as a part of our regular daily tours.

Part of the regularly scheduled Robert Mills House Tour. $6/adults, $3/youth, Free for members. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. More information…

4. Something for the little ones!
Pumpkin Patch Early Adventures
October 2011 (month-long)
Available to private groups of 10 or more children (ages 3-8 years old)

Our Early Adventures program is designed especially for daycares, birthday parties, schools, churches, clubs, and learning centers. During the month of October, Early Adventures groups will dress up like scarecrows and play games in the gardens. Activities also include searching for a scarecrow on the loose! All programs include story time, games, crafts and snacks and 2 activity leaders. Games and crafts will be determined according to participant’s age group. Each program lasts approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the number of participants.

Reservations required. $6 per child. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. More information…

5. Family Day: Scarecrows in the Garden
October 29, Noon – 2 pm

Children are invited to participate in a variety of autumn activities that highlight the importance of the fall harvest and history of Halloween.

Scarecrows in the Garden “People’s Choice” and “Class Crow” award winners will be announced. This event is $6 for first child/$3 for each additional child/free for members and exhibitors. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. Details…

Historic Columbia Foundation was founded in 1961 by a group of preservationists determined to save the Ainsley Hall House, known today as the Robert Mills House. More than four decades later, Historic Columbia Foundation manages four historic house museums and their associated artifacts, and tells the stories of people, places and progress in Columbia and Richland County.

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