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Kevin Jennings

Staff Spotlight - Kevin Jennings

While our doors remained closed, the work behind the scenes doesn’t end. Today, we continue our staff spotlight series by introducing you to another team member! Name: Kevin Jennings Position: Facilities Coordinator How long have your worked at HC? One year. What projects are you working on during social distancing...

Shelby Harris

Staff Spotlight - Shelby Harris

While our doors remained closed, the work behind the scenes doesn’t end. Today, we continue our staff spotlight series by introducing you to another team member! Name: Shelby Harris Position: Rentals Coordinator How long have your worked at HC? Four months. What projects are you working on during social distancing...

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How to Help Historic Columbia

We hope this post finds you safe and healthy as our community continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. Historic Columbia is feeling a significant impact as the closure of our house museums, cancellation of events and programs, and discontinuation of the rental program has resulted in the elimination of...

Big 4

What We Can Learn from Woodrow Wilson, World War I and the Great Influenza

By: Fielding Freed, Director of Historic House Museums

As a museum curator, working from home is difficult because I am responsible for hundreds of objects exhibited and stored throughout four historic house museums. In keeping with our mandate for social distancing, I recently moved my office into the Woodrow Wilson Family Home and Museum of Reconstruction where I...

Grace Steimer

Staff Spotlight - Grace Steimer

While our doors are closed for now, our team remains hard at work. Over the next few weeks, we’re introducing you to members of our staff. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at who we are – and why we enjoy preserving Columbia’s history. Name: Grace Steimer Position: Curatorial Assistant How long...

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Houseplant Appreciation Day

By: Keith Mearns, Director of Grounds

Houseplants both oxygenate and beautify our homes, but many people become bored with the limited selection of species sold as houseplants. As it turns out, some of the plants we grow outside here at Historic Columbia make great houseplants as well. Cast Iron plants (Aspidistra species) are just as tough...

Jubilee 2019

It is astounding what we have accomplished together.

By: Robin Waites, Executive Director

January 2020 will mark my 18th year at Historic Columbia. Looking back at the changes that have taken place I note the physical and interpretive shifts to the buildings and grounds, a growing footprint in the community far beyond the Robert Mills Historic District, and an increase in organizational support...

Blueprint

Renovation Rodeo | Hollywood-Rose Hill

By: Hardy Childers, Palladium Board Member

This Thursday, December 12, Palladium members are invited to explore a Tudor style house in Hollywood-Rose Hill from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Presented by The Moore Company, this latest installment of the Renovation Rodeo series will have members socializing in a 1935 home and learning how it was converted...

Keith Planting

World Soil Day at Historic Columbia

By: Keith Mearns, Director of Grounds

December 5, 2019 is World Soil Day! Soil health is at the center of both good gardening and healthy ecosystems. With pressures like rapid development and a changing climate, it is more important than ever to prioritize the creation and maintenance of good soil. Here at Historic Columbia, we support...

Amanda

A Letter to my Friends Who Aren’t Palladium Members…Yet

Dear friends, As membership co-chair of Palladium, I am very often reminded of the sad truth – you just aren’t interested in joining a historical nonprofit organization. While this hurts my history-loving heart, I understand that you all can’t share my passion for learning about Columbia’s past and impacting its...