Blog

HC Staff Midlands Gives

The Best Midlands Gives Yet!

Once again, we are amazed at the support of our Midlands Gives donors! YOUR donation helped ensure that we had our most successful Midlands Gives to date. On May 7, we received 244 donations totaling $27,274 plus the 7-8 a.m. Power Hour bonus – making the unofficial total - $29,774...

HC Staff During Midlands Gives 2018

Support HC on May 7th During Midlands Gives!

On May 7, 2019, over 400 non-profits in the Midlands will come together for the sixth annual Midlands Gives, an annual online giving event hosted by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. Historic Columbia has participated in Midlands Gives since its inception in 2014, and is proud to be part of...

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...

Jennie Dreher

Columbia’s Preservation Visionaries: Mabel Payne and Jennie Dreher

There’s no better way to finish Preservation Month than learning about two of Columbia’s key preservation advocates—Mabel Payne and Jennie Dreher—who were responsible for saving the Robert Mills House over 50 years ago. Mabel Bradley Payne was born in Abbeville, SC, and lived in New York and Williamsburg before coming...

Laura & Fred Dance

Laura & Fred at Robert Mills

Laura and Fred had a playful, memorable time commemorating forever at the Robert Mills House and Gardens on November 3, 2018. Happy tears were shed in the gardens when the gorgeous bride-to-be revealed her breathtaking pearl white gown to her loving fiancé. The bridesmaids joined in the photos with their...

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 big...

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...

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...

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 was...

Restoration at Modjeska Monteith Simkins House

Restore, Don't Replace Your Old Windows

By: Lois Carlisle, Consulting Historian

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. Often, damage to historic windows is superficial—someone painted them shut, the sash sags, they’re drafty. Almost all historic wood windows can...