Oliver Hartner

Maximizing Your Membership

By: Oliver Hartner

During a committee meeting for the Palladium Society 2016 Silent Auction, I met the woman who would eventually become my wife. Another chance encounter at Reagan Airport and a random seat assignment next to her on the plane ride back from D.C. to Columbia led us to the altar. Though...

Modjeska Simkins House Sign

Historic Columbia Receives National Parks Service Grant to Preserve Modjeska Monteith Simkins Home

The National Park Service has awarded a $49,500 grant to Historic Columbia to turn Modjeska Monteith Simkins’ home into a museum honoring the life and legacy of the woman known as the “matriarch of civil rights activists in South Carolina.” “With this second grant from the National Parks Service, we...

Palladium Accepting AFP Award

AFP Honors Palladium with Award Celebrating Volunteer Work

By: Grace Salter, Palladium President

Earlier this month, Historic Columbia’s Palladium group was recognized at the Association of Fundraising Professional’s National Philanthropy Day Awards as the recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Group Fundraiser award. To receive this award, a fundraising group must demonstrate “outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating volunteers” for various projects to benefit...

MCM Home Interior

Palladium Goes Modern for Annual Fall Tour

By: Lois Carlisle, Consulting Historian

Mid-Century Modern is having a moment. Join Historic Columbia’s Palladium as it goes behind the scenes in some of the city’s most stand-out Modern structures during its Fall Tour on Sunday, November 3. Stops include private homes staged with contemporary and original mid-century furniture and art, and the iconic Seibels...

Palmetto Wildlife Habitat

Transforming Spaces

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

History is neither stagnant nor fixed. No, the study and interpretation of past events is a creative, dynamic, and transformational process that shapes both how we know previous people, places, and events and how we view our ourselves. This process lies at the heart of Historic Columbia, where recent capital...

Dawn enjoying the festivities at last year's Jubilee.

Jubilee: Festival of Black History and Culture

By: Dawn Mills Campbell

Dawn enjoying the festivities at last year's Jubilee. What’s not to love about Columbia? After all, it is a real southern hot spot. But when one of the largest, continuously running outdoor festivals is hosted in a real southern hot spot, everyone is in for a treat. I’m talking about...

#SheDid Day Proclamation

City of Columbia Proclaims August 26th as #SheDid Day!

Mayor Steve Benjamin supporting the new She Did proclamation with Columbia's remarkable supporters We are so thankful to have had over 100 Columbia citizens gathered alongside us and WREN at the corner of Gervais and Main streets to witness a city-wide proclamation by Mayor Steve Benjamin and the Columbia City...

Martha Cunningham Monteith checks out the last book at Richland Library’s original building on Sumter Street, 1990.

Martha Cunningham Monteith (1921-2019)

This week we mourn the passing of Martha Cunningham Monteith, a celebrated civic figure who served as Richland School District One’s first trained speech pathologist. Martha Elizabeth Cunningham was born on May 26, 1921 in Union, South Carolina, to the Reverend Bennie C. Cunningham, Sr., and Fannie Gilliam Cunningham. She...

Field Trips

Historic Columbia and Colonial Life

By: Megan Plott, Director of Development

Historic Columbia is happy to announce a new partnership with Colonial Life . For the 2019-20 school year, Colonial Life is underwriting the admission cost for any Title 1 school in South Carolina so that students can experience Historic Columbia’s field trips, regardless of ability to pay. This partnership will...

Brittany Buckner

HC Rental Coordinator Honored

Each year, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) accepts nominations to scout young professionals showing strong leadership qualities, excelling in their careers and giving back to their communities. After nominations are submitted, the CFF selects a pool of the best and brightest to represent their city! Honorees, sponsors, and community leaders...