Historic Columbia Kicks Off its Homeschool Friday Program 

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By Lois Carlisle, Historic Columbia 

Homeschool Friday returns, and Historic Columbia invites homeschool students to participate on the first Friday of each month between September and May. Each month’s program is from 10-11:30 a.m. and includes engaging hands-on activities for students to explore the history of Columbia and Richland County. These dynamic programs are designed for elementary and middle school-aged students.  

On Friday, Sept. 1, students will take a walking tour through the historic Olympia Mill Village where they will learn the history of working men and women in the late 19th through the mid-20th century. This off-site program will explore several historic buildings in the Olympia Mill Village including the Union Hall where workers gathered to fight for better working conditions, including restrictions on child labor in Columbia. Students will learn of the varied uses of today’s 701 Whaley at a time when it served as a company store, bowling alley, library, and dance hall..  

On Friday, Oct. 6, the program will introduce students to the history of Columbia’s German population, which arrived during the city’s earliest years.  In addition to learning the many contributions immigrants made to the city. Students will explore various German cultural customs, including pretzel making and yodeling. As the year goes on, programs include a cross-section of the city’s music history,  a study in foodways, presidential visits in South Carolina, civil rights, and women’s history (to name a few).  

Registration is available for individual programs as well as a year-long package. Advanced tickets are $5 per student for members and $6 per student for nonmembers. Tickets bought at-the-door are $8 regardless of membership status. Accompanying adults get in free.  

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.  

Visit HistoricColumbia.org to see the full Homeschool Friday schedule. To register, CLICK HERE, call 803-252-7742 x 26 or email education@historiccolumbia.org. We look forward to learning with you!

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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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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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