Why Palladium - Amanda Rodgers

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Thursday, July 1st 2021

Each month, Historic Columbia introduces one of its Palladium members. This series is designed to highlight individuals from HC’s dynamic group of diverse professionals.

Meet Amanda Rodgers

How long have you been involved with Palladium?

Two years.

Where are you originally from?

Charleston, South Carolina.

If you are not from Columbia, what drove you to this city?

I came to Columbia to attend the University of South Carolina. I fell in love with the city so much that I decided to stay after I graduated.

What is your current profession and the name of the organization in which you work?

Marketing and Communications, University of South Carolina

Tell us, in your own words, why you became a member of Palladium.

Growing up in Charleston, I have a natural affinity and passion for history and preservation. When I decided to plant my roots in Columbia, I wanted to get involved in an organization that supported my community and its future.

What is your favorite part about Palladium membership?

My favorite part of being a Palladium member is the events! From Renovation Rodeo to Bluegrass, Bidding and BBQ and everything in between. I love any reason to get together with friends or meet new friends who share my same interests.

Why is history cool to you?

I think history is cool because it's a window to the past. I love hearing stories of past lives, the music they listened to, their traditions, what they wore, their way of life, everything! I am probably not alone in saying that I have always felt like I was born in the wrong era. Since a time machine has yet to be invented, learning about history is a way to travel back for a little while and be immersed in another time.

What is your favorite building in Columbia?

My favorite building in Columbia is 1635 Main Street, also known as the location of Lula Drake Wine Parlor. The building boasts with beautiful architecture but my favorite part of the building is the photo hanging behind the bar of Lula Drake herself. The stories of Lula Drake and how they named the bar after her are fascinating, and if you haven't heard them yet, the bartenders are more than happy to fill you in. If you ever have chance to attend a gathering upstairs in the Pastor's Study, you won't want to miss it. First built in the late 1800s, the upstairs had been hidden behind boarded windows and bricked over doors for more than 70 years!

What is the most inspirational program to you that Historic Columbia is focused on?

The most inspirational Historic Columbia program to me is the preservation advocacy aspect. By preserving historic buildings, you're also preserving the unique charm and warmth of our city and the culture and heritage of our community.