Feed your curiosity with Historic Columbia’s Lunch & Learn Series

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Lunch & Learn is back again to feed your brain on your lunch break. The November session of Lunch and Learn features University of South Carolina graduate students presenting ongoing research about the history of Columbia as seen from new angles.

What was it like to be enslaved on the South Carolina College (the University’s antebellum name) campus before the Civil War? Historic Columbia’s own Jill Found seeks to answer that question in the first Lunch & Learn session on November 7 from 12–1 p.m. at Seibels House, 1601 Richland Street.

South Carolina College relied on the labor of enslaved people for many activities around campus. Slaves swept dorm rooms and cooked meals, they drove wagons and cut wood, they worked in the gardens and built the Horseshoe’s iconic buildings. In short, it was slave labor which insured the University ran smoothly.

The work of enslaved individuals also supported student learning. Jack, the first person bought by South Carolina College, worked in the chemistry laboratory keeping up the equipment and aiding professors.

Jack did much more than work in the chemistry lab though. He formed connections to people and institutions that would help him make a way for himself in the world and labored in his free time, running errands for students. Found’s research focuses on the complicated lives, roles, and relationships held by Jack and others on campus.

The November 7 session will also feature author Katherine Chaddock. She will be signing her book about Richard Greener, the first African American professor at the University of South Carolina, Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College.

On November 14, Olivia Brown will explore the Jewish community in Columbia at the turn of the 20th century by examining the evolution of Jewish food traditions in the South.

Lastly, on November 21, Charlotte Adams will look at the evolution of the Seibels House, the oldest house in Columbia, to make sense of the different layers of history and architecture visible ( and invisible) on the building.

Each session will be held from 12–1 p.m. at Seibels House, 1601 Richland Street.

Ticket prices vary as discounts are available to students, teachers, and HC members.

Walk- ins will be accepted as space allows, but reservations are recommended. For more information, please click here. Historic Columbia looks forward to learning with you in November.

Don’t forget your lunch!

This piece was originally published in the Columbia Star.

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Hampton-Preston Interpretive Guide Training

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As Historic Columbia gears up for the 200th anniversary of the Hampton-Preston Mansion and a comprehensive re-interpretation of the site, we have organized a series of training events for our volunteer interpretive guides and staff. The first of these was held on May 22, 2017 at the Robert Mills House and Gardens. For those of you who weren’t able to join us, we made a video of each talk.

 

 

 

 

Coming up on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, we will hold the second training session at the Robert Mills House and Gardens. If you are interested in attending, please CLICK HERE.

The agenda is as follows:

9:45am-10:00am- Registration Check-in, Coffee & Pastries
10:00am-11:30am- The Hampton and Preston families involvement in the Civil War
11:30am-12:30pm- Lunch (available @ $10/person)
12:30pm-2:00pm- Late 19th and early 20th century women’s education
2:00pm-2:15pm- Break
2:15pm-3:45pm- Life of enslaved and free blacks at the end and after the Civil War

 

If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Kleinfelder at 803.252.1770 x 24.

 

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Early Columbia Lecture Series Returns April 14

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Explore the Reconstruction era and Columbia’s entrance into the 20th century during Part II of Historic Columbia’s Early Columbia Lecture Series, April 14 through May 19.

The three-part Early Columbia Lecture Series gives a close look at the history of South Carolina’s second capital city and allows participants to understand how the city became what it is today. Part II, “The Capital City Rebuilds,” explores Columbia’s history as it rebuilds and recovers from the Civil War from 1865 to 1914. Dr. Warner Montgomery, author of Columbia Revisited, leads the series. Lectures are held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St., and will cover the following topics:

  • April 14: The Civil War Refuge and Disaster
  • April 21: Reconstruction and Healing
  • Optional Bus Tour: Sunday April 26
  • April 28: Transportation: Rivers, Roads, Railroads
  • May 5: Economic Development: Textiles & Agriculture
  • May 12: Public Education
  • May 19: Higher Education: Colleges & Universities

The lecture series is $30 for HC teacher members, $50 for HC members, $60 for non-members, $35 for students or $10 per lecture. Registration is not required but space may be limited and allowed according to availability. Registration forms are available at historiccolumbia.org. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis online at historiccolumbia.org, by emailing reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or by phone at 803.252.1770 ext. 23.

Columbia Revisited will be used as the textbook for this series. If you would like to pre-purchase a copy, please let us know. The cost will be $26.95 for members of Historic Columbia and $29.95 for all other participants.

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What’s Happening at HC This January?

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Party Like a President at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home on Feb. 7!

The reopening of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction in Columbia and Richland County is a little over a month away, and Historic Columbia has a way for you to get a sneak peek and help us celebrate before it officially opens!

Party Like a President at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home
Friday, February 7 | 7 pm
$100 HC members | $125 non-members

We think this freshly-rehabilitated landmark property is the cat’s meow, so we’re celebrating its reopening with a Roaring 20s-themed party in the gardens of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. So pull out your flapper fringe, top hats and tails and get ready to party like a president!

Purchase your tickets online, by calling 803.252.1770 x 23 or by emailing reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

Part II of the Early Columbia Lecture Series Runs Through February 18!

Reserve your spot now- Part II of the Early Columbia Lecture Series kicks off January 7 and runs through February 18!

Part II, “The Capital City Rebuilds,” explores Columbia’s history as it rebuilds and recovers from the Civil War from 1865 to 1914. Dr. Warner Montgomery, author of Columbia Revisited, leads the series. Lectures are held from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Seibels House & Garden and will cover the following topics:

  • Jan. 7: The Civil War Refuge and Disaster
  • Jan. 14: Reconstruction and Healing
  • Jan. 21: Transportation: Rivers, Roads, Railroads
  • Optional Bus Tour: Sunday, Jan. 26
  • Feb. 4: Economic Development: Textiles & Agriculture
  • Feb. 11: Public Education
  • Feb. 18: Higher Education: Colleges & Universities

The lecture series is $50 for HC members, $60 for non-members, $35 for students or $10 per class or tour. Registration is not required but space may be limited and allowed according to availability. Registration forms are available at historiccolumbia.org.

Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis by mail, by emailing reservations@historiccolumbia.org, by calling 803.252.1770 x 23 or online.

Early Columbia Lecture Series
Tuesdays, January 7 – February 18 | 6 – 7:30 pm
HC members $50 | Non-members $60 | Students $35
Single lecture or tour $10

Take a Second Sunday Stroll through the Robert Mills District West!

This January, join us for our Second Sunday Stroll through the Robert Mills District West on January 12.

The guided walking tour will highlight the architecture and history of this historic neighborhood. Named after the nation’s first federal architect who designed the circa-1823 Robert Mills House and the circa-1828 Asylum, today’s Robert Mills District was listed in 1971 within the National Register of Historic Places as “Columbia Historic District II.” This district contains approximately 113 historic structures embodying more than three centuries of diverse residential and institutional architecture. The tour will meet at the Mann-Simons Site at 1403 Richland Street at 2 pm.

Walk-ins are welcome; to reserve tickets, call 803.252.1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

Second Sunday Stroll | Robert Mills District West
Sunday, January 12 | 2 pm
Free for HC members | $8 adults | $5 youth

Save the Date: The Palladium Society’s 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off!

The Palladium Society’s 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off gets cooking on Saturday, March 1 at the Ellison Building at the State Fairgrounds.

The Cook-Off draws hundreds of chili-lovers every year, enjoying some of Columbia’s most creative recipes as they take in the sights, sounds and tastes of this signature event. Live music, beer and wine, and more than 20 varieties of chili are all included in the ticket price. Get your tickets online, by calling 803.252.7742 x 11 or by emailing akinard@historiccolumbia.org.

The Palladium Society’s 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, March 1 | 5 pm
Advance tickets: Palladium members $15, HC members $25 & Non-members $30
Door tickets: $30

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HCF's Early Columbia Lecture Series, Part I: Columbia 1600-1850

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Historic Columbia Foundation’s Early Columbia Lecture Series begins with Part I this spring. This three-part lecture series on the history of Columbia, S.C., is hosted by historian and author Warner Montgomery, Ph.D. Part I covers the years 1600 to 1850 over six weeks, April 3 through May 8. Lectures meet at 6 pm at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

The topics covered during Part I are:

?         April 3: Buffalo, Indians, Explorers and Settlers
?         April 10: The United States’ First Planned City
?         April 17: Columbia’s First Families
?         April 24: Columbia’s First Churches
?         May 1: Columbia’s First Schools
?         May 8: The Columbia Canal

An optional bus tour will take place on Sunday, April 21 from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Registration for the Early Columbia Lecture Series is required and is $50 ($55 with bus tour) for HCF members, $60 ($70 with bus tour) for non-members and $35 ($45 with bus tour) for students. Columbia Revisited will be used as the textbook for the series and can be purchased for $26.95 through HCF when registering for the class. To register, please call 803.252.1770 ext. 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org. The lectures can be attended on a per-session basis for $10 per session when space is available. Contact HCF for availability.

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Reconstructing Religion Opens at HCF's Robert Mills House

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Historic Columbia Foundation will debut Reconstructing Religion: The Presbyterian Experience (1865-1876), a new exhibit focusing on the role of the Presbyterian church in Columbia during Reconstruction, on Friday, March 22. The exhibit, on display through May 12, will also take a look at President Woodrow Wilson’s family and their time in Columbia.

Dr. Joseph Ruggles Wilson, father of President Woodrow Wilson, moved his family to Columbia, SC, in 1870 to teach at the Columbia Theological Seminar, the Presbyterian educational institution located at the Robert Mills House for nearly 100 years. At the end of the Civil War, the seminary was struggling to survive. As a respected preacher and leader in the southern Presbyterian Church, it was hoped that adding Dr. Wilson to the distinguished faculty would attract students and donors to the institution.

This exhibit will focus on Dr. Wilson and the Columbia Theological Seminary and highlight aspects of religion in Columbia during Reconstruction (1865-1876), including the post-emancipation emergence of separate African American churches such as Ladson Presbyterian.

Wilson’s maternal uncle, James Woodrow, was also an influential theologian in the southern Presbyterian Church and was later involved in a dispute over his teaching of evolution at the Seminary. Artifacts on exhibit will include the pew used by the Wilson family at First Presbyterian Church, the Wilson family Bible and an American first edition of Darwin’s Origin of the Species published by D. Appleton and Co. in 1860.

The exhibit is shown as part of the regularly scheduled guided tours of the Robert Mills House. Tours run at the top of the hour Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday, 1 to 4 pm. Free for HCF members, the tour is $6 for non-member adults and $3 for non-member youth. Tickets can be purchased at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street.

Accompanying the exhibit, HCF has joined with Ladson Presbyterian and the University of South Carolina to host a symposium at 6 pm on Thursday, March 21 at Ladson Presbyterian, 1720 Sumter Street. This event will explore the early development of the African American churches organized during the Reconstruction era that followed the Civil War. Keynote speaker Dr. Reginald Hildebrand of UNC-Chapel Hill will discuss his research into this momentous period of American religious history. The symposium is free and open to the public.

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Early Columbia Lecture Series Part Three Kicks Off September 4!

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In honor of our 50th Anniversary as an organization, Historic Columbia Foundation is pleased to offer a three-part Lecture Series on the history of Columbia, South Carolina.

We invite you to join us for Part III of the Early Columbia Lecture Series, hosted by historian and author Warner Montgomery, Ph.D. Part III of the series will cover the Twentieth Century: Columbia Celebrates 200 years, meeting Tuesdays, September 4 – October 9.

Topics Covered During Each Lecture (Part III):
Sept 4: Boom, Bam, Boom (1920s, 1930s, 1940s)
Sept 11: Main Street: Business and Commerce
Sept 18:  Urban Renewal and Suburban Annexation
Sept 25: Desegregation and Local Control
Oct 2: Schools, Hospitals, and Public Services
Oct 9: Mayors, Leaders, and Vision

Optional Bus Tour: Sunday, September 16, 2012, 2:00 PM -5:00 PM
Meets at the Seibels House, 1601 Richland St

Columbia Revisited will be used as the textbook for this series. If you would like to pre-purchase a copy, please indicate so on your registration form. The cost will be $26.95 for members of Historic Columbia Foundation and $29.95 for all other participants.

About Warner M. Montgomery:
Warner M. Montgomery, Ph.D, graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of Michigan, began his professional career as a teacher and coach at the new A.C. Flora High School in Forest Acres in 1960. After teaching in Thailand, Michigan, Ohio, Africa, and Canada, he returned to Columbia in 1989 as owner-publisher of the Columbia Star newspaper. He is now retired and writes and teaches about the history of Columbia.

Cost / Registration Information:
The cost for Part III of the series is $50 for HCF members (or $55 with bus tour), $60 for guests (or $70 with bus tour), and $35 for students with valid ID (or $45 with bus tour).

Register by downloading the print-friendly registration form.  You may also wish to print the Lecture Series outline (takes a moment to load – includes dates/times for all three parts) to keep on file. Then, email your registration form toreservations@historiccolumbia.org OR mail to 1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Register
Click the button below to download the registration form.  Email your registration form to reservations@historiccolumbia.org OR mail to 1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Historic Columbia Foundation Columbia Lecture Series

Questions? Contact Ann Posner at (803)252-1770 x 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

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Early Columbia Lecture Series Kicks Off January 17, 2012!

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In honor of our 50th Anniversary as an organization, Historic Columbia Foundation is pleased to offer a three-part Lecture Series on the history of Columbia, South Carolina.

We invite you to join us for Part I of the Early Columbia Lecture Series, hosted by historian and author Warner Montgomery, Ph.D. Part I of the series will cover Early Columbia from 1600 – 1850, meeting Tuesdays, Jan. 17 – Feb. 21 with an optional bus tour on Jan. 29. You’ll also have the opportunity to view some of Columbia’s oldest homes, churches and historic sites!

Topics Covered During Each Lecture (Part I)
Jan 17: Buffalo, Indians, Explorers and Settlers, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Jan 24: The United States’ First Planned City 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Jan 29: Optional Bus Tour 2 PM – 5 PM
Jan 31: Columbia’s First Families 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Feb 7: Columbia’s First Churches 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Feb 14: Columbia’s First Schools 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Feb 21: The Columbia Canal 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Columbia Revisited will be used as the textbook for this series. If you would like to pre-purchase a copy, please indicate so on your registration form. The cost will be $26.95 for members of Historic Columbia Foundation and $29.95 for all other participants.

About Warner M. Montgomery:
Warner M. Montgomery, Ph.D, graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of Michigan, began his professional career as a teacher and coach at the new A.C. Flora High School in Forest Acres in 1960. After teaching in Thailand, Michigan, Ohio, Africa, and Canada, he returned to Columbia in 1989 as owner-publisher of the Columbia Star newspaper. He is now retired and writes and teaches about the history of Columbia.

Cost / Registration Information:
The cost for Part I of the series is $50 for HCF members (or $55 with bus tour), $60 for guests (or $70 with bus tour), and $35 for students with valid ID (or $45 with bus tour).

Those interested in attending parts I, II and III of the series may purchase admission to all three for $125 for HCF members (or $145 to include all three bus tours), $160 for guests (or $185 to include all three bus tours), and $95 for students (or $125 to include all three bus tours).

Register by downloading the print-friendly registration form.  You may also wish to print the Lecture Series outline (takes a moment to load – includes dates/times for all three parts)  to keep on file. Then, email your registration form to reservations@historiccolumbia.org OR mail to 1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Part II of the Early Columbia Lecture Series will run Tuesdays March 27 – May 1, covering Columbia: A City Rebuilds (1865 – 1914). The optional bus tour on Sunday, April 15 from 2 pm – 5 pm, where we’ll view historic sites including cotton mills, the USC Horseshoe and Civil War sites is SOLD OUT. Details…

Part III of the Early Columbia Lecture Series will run Tuesdays September 4 – October 9, covering the 20th Century and Columbia celebrating 200 years. The optional bus tour will be held on Sunday, September 16 from 2 pm – 5 pm. We’ll be touring Columbia’s historic Main Street as well as surrounding neighborhoods.

Questions?
Contact Ann at 803.252.1770 ext. 24 or reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

Register
Click the button below to download the registration form.  Email your registration form to reservations@historiccolumbia.org OR mail to 1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

To register, email the registration form to reservations@historiccolumbia.org OR mail to 1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Questions? Contact Ann Posner at (803)252-1770 x 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

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