Preservation

Preservation

Preservation is the pillar upon which Historic Columbia was founded. 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, HC would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Columbia and Richland County, winning awards and becoming a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Preserving our historic sites and assets is culturally and environmentally responsible; if we don't preserve our buildings, artfacts and stories, we lose tangible links to our past and inspiration for our future.

To meet these goals, Historic Columbia advocates for preservation of historic buildings in Columbia and Richland County, working with government officials to find a way for those structures to be saved and adapted for reuse. Learn more about HC's advocacy work.

We embrace and utilize archaeology as a way to preserve the stories and artifacts of our city, most recently embarking on a multi-year project to excavate at least five African American historical sites, in partnership with the City of Columbia. Learn more about HC's archaeological work.