About Historic Columbia
We serve as a steward, advocate and resource for preservation in Columbia and Richland County.Learn More
We create experiences and host events that bring context to the present through history.Learn More
We introduce the complexities of history in ways that engage every age and level of familiarity through tours, educational programs and special events.Learn More
We work with government agencies to secure our legacy for the future.Learn More
We preserve places and share complex stories from the past that connect us in the present and inspire our future.
We will harness the power of history to inspire curiosity and catalyze community engagement.
We share the complex history of Columbia and Richland County through historic preservation advocacy, innovative educational programs, and strategic partnerships.
Welcoming: We behave in a way that makes people feel safe to open themselves up to a variety of concepts and experiences.
Inclusive: We are intentional about ongoing efforts to include a diversity of individuals in decision-making.
Informed: We work consistently and collaboratively with partners to amplify learning.
Responsible: We are proactive in encouraging thoughtfulness, weighing possible outcomes, and considering what is best for the organization and Columbia/Richland County.
Evolving: We continuously make improvements to Historic Columbia’s policies, facilities, programs, and interpretations. Open to new ideas and suggestions from the public, we invite collaboration.
There are many ways in which you can get involved. Learn more about how you can support our mission and vision.
Recent News from Historic Columbia
ICYMI: After two decades of service to Historic Columbia (HC), executive director Robin Waites is retiring at the end of June 2024. Robin’s visionary leadership has set the organization up for success for many years to come. Exciting times are ahead as we usher in a new era of leadership...
When it comes to holiday home decor, a lot has changed . When you visit the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion during our Holiday House Tours , don't expect to find glitz and glam. Compared to our modern displays with bright lights and colored plastic baubles, early 1800s...
Palladium presented Renovation Rodeo | Edgewood on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Over 50 guests toured this former church while enjoying beer from Peak Drift Brewing Company , wine courtesy of Republic National Distributing Company , and delicious food from Something Small Catering . HC Palladium...