Blog

Carroll Heyward, Palladium Board Member

From The Desk of Carroll Heyward

The momentum of Historic Columbia’s intentional efforts to preserve Columbia rests on three key pillars: Advocacy Education Preservation Being a member at Historic Columbia matters to me. It has given me countless opportunities to anchor myself in this important cause and keeps my finger on the pulse of preservation that...

Cory France

Cory J. France Joins HC Team as Director of Marketing and Communications

Historic Columbia is pleased to announce Cory J. France as its new director of marketing and communications. In this role, France will lead Historic Columbia’s marketing department and will serve as a spokesperson for the organization. “With many exciting preservation initiatives, events and community partnerships coming for our organization, Historic...

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...

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 Payne, ca. 1961. Image courtesy of City of Columbia Planning Office Mabel Bradley Payne was born...

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...

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...

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...