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Columbia City of Women launch

Columbia City of Women: Putting Women on the Map

Historic Columbia and WREN (Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network) launched the Columbia City of Women initiative on Sunday, March 31—the last day of Women’s History Month. The event, held at the Columbia Museum of Art, included the announcement of 12 influential women honorees that will be celebrated in the next year.  This project began locally...

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Dawson Wedding

Rosey & David at Seibels House

Rosey and David’s stunning winter wedding reception was held at the historic Seibels House & Garden , after a memorable ceremony at Our Lady of the Hills church on December 15, 2019. Rosey was beautiful in her frosty white dress from Jo Lin’s Bridal and David looked sharp for the...

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Elmwood Cemetery

Our Popular Cemetery Tours Return April 11

In honor of one of Historic Columbia’s most popular tours returning next week, here are some highlights of just a few of the countless interesting stories hidden in the historic Elmwood Cemetery.  James Henley Thornwell was a professor at South Carolina College who joined the faculty in 1837 and replaced William Campbell Preston as the institution’s president.  Thornwell’s term...

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1970s Columbia

Found Footage Project Provides Glimpse Into 1970s Columbia

Discovered by an intern at the University of South Carolina Libraries’ Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC), ‘Hip Tags’ is an intriguing orphan film mystery with 1970s Columbia, SC as its main character. Without any provenance and defying description, this hypnotic film was passed from MIRC to Historic Columbia where staff...

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Becky & Matt at Seibels House

Becky & Matt at Seibels House

Becky and Matt said “Yes!” to forever on November 10, 2018. While their ceremony was scheduled elsewhere, they prepared for the big day with their wedding party at the Seibels House . Hairstyles by Lauren gave Becky an elegant updo, while Casie B. provided stunningly classic makeup services. Holly Graciano...

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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...

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Press Conference at Zion Baptist Church

James Clyburn Announces New Reconstruction Era Network

By: Robin Waites, Executive Director

I am excited to be here today in support of the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park Act bill. With the goals of creating a Reconstruction Network that will enhance collaboration across SC, the region and the country. In 2008, our organization began the process of rehabilitating a home that was...

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Motel Simbeth matchbooks

Searching for Motel Simbeth

By: Katharine Allen, Research & Archives Manager

On 20 October 1955, Jet , a national weekly digest with a primarily black audience, published the expose “ SOUTH CAROLINA’S PLOT TO STARVE NEGROES .” The six-page piece described efforts by White Citizens Councils in Clarendon and Orangeburg counties to create an “economic squeeze” on black community members. The...

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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...

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Simkins at Home

Modjeska Monteith Simkins: An Advocate for the People

By: Katharine Allen, Research & Archives Manager

Modjeska Monteith Simkins was born in Columbia, S.C. on December 5, 1899, into a society that legally dispossessed women and people of color of their civil liberties. Over the course of her 92 years, she displayed a courage and perseverance that many argue was unmatched. Today, Simkins is rightfully lauded...

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