As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of Historic Columbia, we are asking you--our longtime friends and supporters--to extend the legacy of the leaders who raised funds in 1961 to save the Robert Mills House from demolition.
Historic Columbia thrives 60 years later because of the visionary individuals, families, and businesses who valued preserving our treasures for the next generation. During the past six decades, Historic Columbia has matured to become recognized as one of South Carolina’s leading historic preservation organizations touted for its leadership in advocacy, in educating the public to the importance and relevancy of history in our contemporary lives, and in preserving and interpreting six historic 18th- through early 20th-century sites and their related gardens and grounds. As our world has seemingly become more dynamic, nuanced, and indeed, challenging, Historic Columbia has positioned itself through an extensive menu of services, programs, and events to offer insight, provide perspective, and create spaces for respite and reflection.
"Today is tomorrow’s history. Twenty, fifty, a hundred years from now . . . our grandchildren will want to know what manner of men and women the Founders were...”
Charles E. Lee, Vice President, Historic Columbia Foundation Director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, at the publication of Be It Remembered in November 1962
Help us reach more people than ever before!
These efforts have been manifested in many ways—perhaps none more rapid and invigorating than what we have achieved since our last major celebration in 2011. Highlights include:
- rehabilitating and reinterpreting the Woodrow Wilson Family Home in 2014 (today’s Museum of Reconstruction, the only site of its kind in the state)
- partnering with the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) to establish the City of Women Initiative (2018)
- rehabilitating and reinterpreting the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House (2020) highlighting the Palmetto State’s matriarch of human rights
- and growing our preservation easement portfolio to 13 properties in 2020.
Moreover, look no further than the multi-phased capital projects at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens that have transformed both the building and its four-acre grounds into a destination for cutting-edge interpretation and educational programs, as well as a stunning special events venue—all thanks to the generosity of the Boyd Foundation with additional support from Richland County and a handful of private donors.
Thank you for choosing to support Historic Columbia in our 60th year so that we can be around for the next 60!
Checks can also be mailed to Historic Columbia Annual Fund 1601 Richland Street Columbia, SC 29201