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2020 Preservation  Award Winner: 819 Maple Street

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

819 Maple Street. Image courtesy of Sarah and Hoyt Burnett Each year, Historic Columbia presents Preservation Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local property owners; professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and design; and leaders who champion preservation as an opportunity to support the Midlands’ economy and culture. These...

USC's Chemistry Lab. Image courtesy of Jacob Ruzensky

2020 Preservation  Award Winner: UofSC’s Chemistry Lab

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

USC's Chemistry Lab. Image courtesy of Lekita Hargrave Each year, Historic Columbia presents Preservation Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local property owners; professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and design; and leaders who champion preservation as an opportunity to support the Midlands’ economy and culture. These awards are...

Claussen's Bakery and Boutique Studio Apartments

2020 Preservation  Award Winner: Claussen's Apartments

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

Claussen's Bakery Building. Image Courtesy of Historic Columbia Collection Each year, Historic Columbia presents Preservation Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local property owners; professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and design; and leaders who champion preservation as an opportunity to support the Midlands’ economy and culture. These awards...

Interior of 2144 Sumter Street in Columbia SC

2020 Preservation  Award Winner: 2144 Sumter Street

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

2144 Sumter Street. Image courtesy of SEED Architecture Each year, Historic Columbia presents Preservation Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local property owners; professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and design; and leaders who champion preservation as an opportunity to support the Midlands’ economy and culture. These awards are...

Research Roundtable on women's history in August 2020

Research Roundtable: Women's History

By: Staff, Historic Columbia

The road to suffrage did not begin or end with the Nineteenth Amendment. Join Katharine Allen, director of research, and Melissa DeVelvis, PhD, as they recount more than a century of women’s activism through both a national and state-wide lens. Columbia City of Women honorees Ida Salley Reamer, the Rollin...

Main St.

The Lost Cause: 10 Myths and Truths

“General view of Main Street,” photographed by Richard Wearn shortly after the Burning of Columbia. Image courtesy South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia By Betsy Kleinfelder and Don Polite An earlier version of this blog post ran on 8/6/20. Further details have been added to Myth answer #1...

Postcard of the State House grounds, 1920. Historic Columbia collection 

Ten things to know about the monuments on the South Carolina State House grounds 

By: Lydia Mattice Brandt, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina

Postcard of the State House grounds, 1920. Historic Columbia collection By: Lydia Mattice Brandt, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina The South Carolina State House grounds feature dozens of monuments built over more than two centuries. Here are 10 key facts to help you learn about this site: 1. The...

The First Vote

Ten things to know about Reconstruction

By: Betsy Kleinfelder, Visitor & Interpretive Services Coordinator

Harper's Weekly November 16, 1867 Largely ignored or misrepresented until recently Reconstruction was one of the most pivotal periods in American history. Many of the laws and policies adopted dramatically changed the face of the country at the time and still affect us today. Here are 10 key facts to...

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Historic Columbia Announces Plans for Construction of Greenhouse

Historic Columbia is excited to announce plans to construct a state-of-the-art greenhouse and accompanying gatehouse on the grounds of the Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens. The additions, based on historic structures that once stood on the property, serve as the next step in a decades-long vision to transform the historic site...

BLM Protests

Documenting history: Local photographer steps ‘into a time machine’

By: Andrew Ramspacher

A slip on the keyboard turned powerful photographs into timeless art. And for that, Crush Rush is thankful. Rush, 32, has been a professional photojournalist for close to a decade in Columbia, his hometown. Skim through his popular Instagram account – over 7,400 followers and counting – and you’ll find...