Spend as little as nine hours per month or volunteer each week with us fulfilling our mission to nurture, support and protect the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia through programs of education, advocacy and preservation. As a volunteer, you'll meet new people, visit historic sites and discover the culture and lifestyles of South Carolina's capital city and Richland County.
Volunteers in Action
As a volunteer at Historic Columbia, you'll meet new people, visit historic sites and discover the culture and lifestyles of South Carolina's capital city and Richland County. Orientation sessions are offered regularly for new volunteers. Continuing educational programs are presented for current volunteers.
Types of Volunteer Positions
- Interpretive Guides (weekdays and weekends)
- Special Events (usually weekends and evenings)
- Walking Tour Guides (mostly evening work)
- Collections Assistance
- Boards and Committees
- 10% off purchases at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills
- Free admission to our house museums for you and members of your immediate family
- Free subscription to Historically Speaking
- Free monthly educational programming
- An invitation to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and the Holiday Party
Additional Benefits for HC Members
- 15% off purchases at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills
- Free admission to one Garden Symposium or Research Roundtable series
- Free or reduced admission to HC events
- Field trips to private properties and viewing of special collections
Not an HC Member?
Joining Historic Columbia is easy and supports our mission. Plus, all volunteers who are HC members receive additional volunteer benefits. Join today!
Ready to Become a Volunteer?
Complete our online volunteer application. Once you've submitted your application, we ask that you sign up for an upcoming new volunteer orientation. See our upcoming trainings below.
For more information on how to find your place with us, contact Heather Bacon-Rogers at (803) 252-1770 ext. 23.
When she retired from the Richland Library in 2008, Margie was looking for a volunteer position. Given her background in history and familiarity with Historic Columbia through her job, becoming a docent "seemed to be a no brainer". Margie says that she appreciates that docents are kept informed of HC activities and changes with a monthly meeting and that volunteers often have the opportunity to go on field trips to other historic locations in the area.