For decades, Historic Columbia has been a leader in local history research, education, and advocacy. Our work has been catalyzed, energized, and made relevant through in-person experiences with people at historic places. With the elimination of face-to-face activities this spring, we were stripped of the tangible elements and interactions on which we have long relied. However, what remained intact was our deep reservoir of resources and our commitment to delivering stories to people.
To effectively address these pandemic-driven circumstances, Historic Columbia made a hard pivot from in-person engagement to digital. We encouraged the community to take virtual neighborhood tours on our website, to join us on Zoom for research roundtables and behind-the-scenes tours, and to opt into standards-based activities to supplement remote K-12 learning.
"I had a virtual field trip with your education team for my Brooklyn eighth graders and wanted to express gratitude for your important work. It’s wonderful to be able to take advantage of your programming virtually."
Melissa Bourgeois, Assistant Principal & Head of English Department, German School Brooklyn
Help us reach more people than ever before!
While we look forward to returning to in-person experiences, we recognize that we have the capacity to reach a much broader audience by continuing to build our capacity to deliver programs on digital platforms. To do this, we need your support. Your contribution to the 2020-2021 Annual Fund will allow staff to:
- Fully transition the Travelling Trunk program to a digital platform. For more than 10 years, the program has served close to 60,000 students.
- Retain staff to deliver live virtual tours of Historic Columbia’s house museums to classrooms across the state and country.
- Purchase equipment to more effectively design and implement dynamic and engaging programs for youth and adults.
During these times, we are all searching for a way to alleviate suffering and enlighten the world. With your support, we can ensure the continuity in the legacy of Historic Columbia, and continue to innovate in these unexpected circumstances. Please consider making a gift today.
Checks can also be mailed to Historic Columbia Annual Fund 1601 Richland Street Columbia, SC 29201