Lunch & Learn | Research Roundtable 3

Primary Sources Speak

Feed your mind during lunch at Historic Columbia’s upcoming Lunch & Learn | Research Roundtable series from noon – 1 p.m. on Feb. 6, 13 and 20. Join Katharine Allen, research and archives manager at Historic Columbia, as she explains how the organization uncovers new information about people, places and events in Columbia and Richland County. These roundtable sessions will explore local resources and methods that can be freely accessed by citizens. The series will also cover preservation techniques and a Q&A for researchers interested in specific topics. 

Session 1: Finding History at Work and Home: Research Avenues for Downtown Properties and Columbia’s Early Suburbs

February 6 

Cottontown, Melrose Heights, Arsenal Hill, the Robert Mills Historic District—these are just a few of the historic neighborhoods where Columbians live and work. Historic Columbia regularly works with businesses and homeowners to discover when and how a building was constructed as well as its tenants. This session will explore research into The Grand on Main, Columbia’s new downtown bowling alley, will teach participants how to research their own historic homes using free web-based resources, and delve into some of the early home builders in Columbia. 

Session 2: Different Voices from the Past: Marginalized Figures at the Hampton-Preston Mansion

February 13 

In preparation for the Hampton-Preston Mansion’s 200th anniversary, Historic Columbia staff made significant progress toward a long-held organizational goal to identify the men, women and children enslaved by the Hampton and Preston families during the antebellum period. Learn about research strategies, recently uncovered documents, roadblocks to further discovery, as well as how findings might apply to Columbia’s other antebellum historic sites. The session will also explain how web-based resources used by Historic Columbia can be utilized by participants who wish to learn more about their own Columbia and Richland County roots.  

Session 3: Letting Primary Sources Speak: Memory and Perspective in Columbia

February 20 | 12 – 1 p.m. | The Carriage House at Robert Mills

As perspective and memory of events and people evolve, the written record becomes more important than ever. Whether created privately in a diary, shared in a letter, or published and distributed widely in a newspaper, the written record provides important insight into the thoughts and motivations of individuals and groups at the time an event took place. During this session, learn how Columbians reported on and reacted to events as they occurred, including early reports out of Europe alluding to what is now known as the Holocaust and pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Movement.

Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows but reservations are recommended.  Reservations may be made by email at or 803.252.1770 ext. 23

Image Credit: The State Photograph Archive, Richland Library