Down Under Columbia

The Story of Columbia's Arcade Mall

On Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3, Palladium will host their first ever Fall Tour , which consists of a series of Main Street loft tours, a biergarten and a '70s-themed party at the Equitable Arcade Building. The Arcade, specifically the basement level, has long intrigued Columbia citizens and...

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Blue Bike

New Bike Share Program Adds a Robert Mills Station

On Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, Mayor Steve Benjamin rolled up to one of Columbia's many new Blue Bike stops to announce the program's official commencement. This system, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, is in partnership with Canadian bike share company Bewegen Technology, and encourages city folk to consider...

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Johnson Wedding

Evan & Jermaine at Seibels House

Evan and Jermaine Johnson reaffirmed their commitment to forever at the Seibels House & Garden on August 24, 2018. This beautiful couple had already married on this day six years earlier, but never threw themselves the wedding they so deserved. We’re so glad they chose the timeless Seibels House as...

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2018 Jubilee Poster

The Jubilee Sankofa Bird

We are incredibly excited to announce a special collaboration between the Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture and local Columbia artist Dogon Krigga to create a distinctive design for the 40th Anniversary of this important festival. Dogon Krigga Dogon's artist statement Dogon Krigga began making digital art with a...

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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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Greenery at Robert Mills

2018 Holiday Greenery Sale

By: Robin Waites, Executive Director

Historic Columbia, in partnership with the Palmetto Garden Club, is pleased to present the 2018 Holiday Greenery Sale. This is the same high-quality sale that has been presented in previous years, but it now falls under the banner of Historic Columbia. As it has in the past, the sale’s proceeds...

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SC Historic Preservation Awards

Mann-Simons Site Wins SC Preservation Service Award

On Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, Historic Columbia was presented with the Preservation Service Award at the South Carolina Historic Preservation Awards ceremony for the re-interpretation of the Mann-Simons Site leading up to 2016. The Preservation Service Awards recognize projects and activities that make exemplary contributions to the advancement of historic...

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Total Eclipse

In the Path of Totality

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

Have you ever been in the path of something that you cannot escape? Have you ever been faced with an event that cannot be avoided? Such situations often elicit anxiety or even dread. What if you knew exactly when and where such an event was to occur? What would you...

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Blaess Wedding

Caitlin & Jack at Seibels House

Surrounded by friends and family, Caitlin and Jack tied the knot on June 16, 2018. After an intimate, worship-filled ceremony at Northeast Presbyterian Church, wedding guests headed over to the Seibels House for a garden cocktail hour. The venue was decorated in dainty shades of blush, navy and white with...

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Lightning Damage at Robert Mills

Columbia Museum Community to the Rescue

The Robert Mills House was damaged in a summer storm that blew through Columbia on the evening of Sunday, August 5. The historic building's east chimney was hit by lightning, which caused bricks to fall into the house forcing a cloud of ash out of the fireplace and into several...

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