Why Palladium - Patrick Cleary

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Monday, May 10th 2021

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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 Patrick Cleary


How long have you been involved with Palladium?

Seven years.

Where are you originally from?

Hartsville, South Carolina.

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

Opportunities at Bowman and Brooke LLP.

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

Partner - Bowman and Brooke LLP.

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

Because history is cool, and supporting HC through Palladium means that more stories can be documented, interpreted, and told throughout the Midlands

What is your favorite part about Palladium membership?

The opportunity to learn more about the hidden stories behind what I see every day. And the great people who are fellow members.

Why is history cool to you?

History is cool to me because it connects us with those who have gone before -- to learn how they lived, to learn from their lessons and mistakes, and to learn how to be more engaged in the present.

What's your favorite moment in history and/or a historical figure that inspires you?

Robert Smalls. His model of personal courage and civic involvement is very inspiring.

What is your favorite building in Columbia?

Adluh Flour Warehouse -- not necessarily because of its intrinsic historic value, but as an example of how areas can be repurposed, maintaining their initial character and adapting to new environments. Plus, it anchors the Vista. When I see the Adluh Flour signs, I know I'm in Columbia.

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

The restoration of the Mann-Simons property, which tells the American story of a family and to provide a location for community education and engagement.