Executive Assistant
Restoration at Modjeska Monteith Simkins House

Restore, Don't Replace Your Old Windows

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

Historic windows are both lenses and frames. These vital architectural features can define the character of whole neighborhoods and help us see our community in a whole new light. Newly restored window at the Kensington Mansion Often, damage to historic windows is superficial—someone painted them shut, the sash sags, they’re...

Motel Simbeth postcard

#TBT: Motel Simbeth + Cornwell Tourist Home

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

We’ve talked about the Green Book before in this series , but here’s a refresher: As automobile travel grew increasingly popular from the 1930s through the 1960s , African Americans found themselves faced with what historian Gretchen Sorin called “an uncertain landscape,” much of which was “composed of white spaces...

Modjeska Simkins on her porch

#TBT: Who is Modjeska Monteith Simkins?

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

For more than sixty years, Modjeska Monteith Simkins used the wooden cottage at the corner of Elmwood and Marion St. as both a home and a headquarters. Known as the “matriarch of Civil Rights activists” in S.C., Modjeska Monteith Simkins led the charge for equality tirelessly her entire adult life...

Trivia

From Hamilton to Hampton Street: HC Tackles Musical Trivia

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

True or false: On January 25th, the award-winning smash musical Hamilton is coming to Columbia. We wish it were true. But on January 25th, Historic Columbia brings you the next best thing— Historic Happy Hour ! And this month, we’re tackling the Tony award-winning giant, Hamilton: An American Musical. What...

Historic Jubilee Photo

Jubilee Turns 40

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Jubilee: Festival of Black History and Culture , making it the longest-running festival in recent Columbia history. Since 1978, Columbians have gathered on the grounds of the Mann-Simons Site at the corner of Richland and Marion streets to celebrate African American culture,...

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In Defense of Mid-Century Modern

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

At the corner of Pickens and Gervais streets in downtown Columbia, there stands a Queen Anne mansion. The home is uniquely Victorian with a high turret and cedar-shingled roofline. There are few people in Columbia who, today, would say the house is anything short of beautiful. If you traveled back...

Russell House

#TBT: Mid-Century Mod

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

This is part of our #TBT collaboration with Cola Today.

rocket parade float

TBT: Santa in a spaceship to 1953

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

This is part of a #TBT collaboration with Cola Today