Greg Pearce Family and Friends

HC Honors Councilman Greg Pearce at Annual Meeting

By: Robin Waites, Executive Director

Every October, Historic Columbia gathers its members, including staff and board, to review the accomplishments of the previous fiscal year and present future endeavors at their Annual Meeting. At this year’s meeting, which was held on Thursday, Oct. 25, the organization invited friends and coworkers to honor long-time Richland County...

Drew Park Swim Team

Park It: Columbia’s Green Spaces Reconstructed

By: Katharine Allen, Research & Archives Manager

If Forest Acres is a City Apart, then Columbia is a City of Parks. There’s Finlay Park in the heart of downtown, the Riverwalk along the Congaree, the tail-wagging Bark Park in NoMa, Riverbanks Zoo and the Botanical Garden, Carolina’s Horseshoe, and Main Street’s cute-as-a-button pocket park. Oh – and...

Lula Drake

Five Reasons Why a Demolition Delay Ordinance is Good for Columbia

As recently reported by The State , the Columbia Planning Department and City Council’s economic development subcommittee are considering a “demolition delay” ordinance, which would prevent rapid tear downs of historic, architectural or culturally significant buildings outside of currently protected districts. For more than 50 years, Historic Columbia has been...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Historic Jubilee Photo

Jubilee Turned 40 in 2018

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

2018 marked 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, cuisine...

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...

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...