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  1. historiccolumbia

    President's Day Tours | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

    Join Historic Columbia on Monday, Feb. 17 for tours of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction to see how his time in Columbia may have influenced his decisions as President. Normally closed to the public on Mondays, there is no better way to mark President’s Day than by taking a tour of the only Presidential site in South Carolina. The Woodrow Wilson Family Home is also the nation's only museum dedicated to interpreting the post-Civil War Reconstruction period. During the height of Reconstruction, Woodrow Wilson's parents built this house, the only one they would ever own. Although the home has changed hands many times since the teenaged future president lived here, it stands as a reminder of how our city struggled to rebuild itself in the post-war era.
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    Dollar Sunday | Mann-Simons Site

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    Every third Sunday of the month, residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour of one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for just $1 on Dollar Sunday! This month, visit the exhibits at the Mann-Simons Site, the home to the same African-American family for nearly 130 years. The house will be open for guests to tour at their own pace, and guides will be available to answer any questions. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome!
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    Scarecrows in the Garden - Begins today

    Scarecrows will take over the Robert Mills House gardens! This free exhibit will feature handcrafted scarecrows made by local families, business, organizations and classrooms. On a stroll through the gardens this fall, you’ll see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows. We are now accepting scarecrow registrations to place a scarecrow on the grounds. In addition to being available for public viewing during the month of October, hundreds of families will see the scarecrows at Trunk or Treat on Oct. 29. This exhibit runs throughout the month of October. Mark your calendars and take a stroll through the garden before it’s too late!
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    Trunk or Treat

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    Put on your costume and join Historic Columbia as we bring the fun of Halloween to the Robert Mills House during Trunk or Treat! Join Historic Columbia October 29th for a fang-tastic family event! Trunk or Treat is FREE and offers a twist on traditional Halloween fun for all ages. Community members, local organizations and families will come together in a safe environment with decorated vehicles and trunks filled with candy for trick-or-treating. Don’t forget to knock on the door of the Robert Mills House, too! Kids get to trick or treat at the front and back doors of Robert Mills and enter the candy-corn guessing contest. Awards and prizes for best costumes and best decorated trunk will be given at 6:45 p.m. Don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills and check out the Scarecrows in the Garden during this free event. Trunk or Treat Vehicle Participation Historic Columbia is accepting registrations for businesses and organizations and families to place a decorated vehicle at the event. This is a great opportunity for businesses and organizations to promote their mission, give away branded merchandise, and hand out candy to hundreds of children at a free community event. Vehicle owners must register via email by Friday, October 25. To register, send an email to education@historiccolumbia.org with the following information: Name Organization (if applicable) Address Phone number Email address Make/Model/Color of vehicle Registered vehicles should arrive between 4:30 and 5:15 p.m. When giving out toys prizes or candy, remember that children will range in age from infants to young teens. Electricity will not be provided to registered vehicles in the event area, so please bring flashlights. Attendance is estimated at 1,000 families for the event. Please plan accordingly.
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    Spirits Alive!

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    Grab your flashlights and join Historic Columbia and Elmwood Cemetery staff for guided tours presenting some of Columbia’s eerie and peculiar past by the light of the moon! Different than the regular monthly tours, Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours feature costumed tour guides, snacks and other Halloween-related activities. Tickets: $10/adult & $5/youth for members $15/adult & $7/youth for non-members
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    Homeschool Friday: Columbia in Wartimes

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    What was life like in Columbia during the numerous wars that our country fought? Students will examine what occurred on the Homefront from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam. We will learn about what Columbians did to help and to protest, as well the various war efforts throughout our long history. All homeschool students are invited to participate in Historic Columbia’s Homeschool Friday programs on the first Friday of the month. Each month’s program is from 10 - 11:30 a.m. and includes hands-on activities while students learn and explore different themes and historic sites with Historic Columbia. Homeschool Friday programs are designed for students of elementary and middle school age levels. Homeschool Friday is open to families and homeschool groups of less than 10 students. For larger groups, we recommend arranging a separate visit to explore that month's topic. Program participants should gather in the Gift Shop at Robert Mills on the day of the program unless otherwise noted. The cost is per student, with an accompanying adult free. Homeschool Fridays are $5 for members, $6 for non-members and $8 for both members and non-members at the door. If you have questions, would like to be on our mailing list, or if you would like to register for the entire year of Homeschool Friday programs, please contact us by email or call 803.252.1770 x 26.
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    Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours

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    One hundred and sixty years of history will come to life during our popular Cemetery Tours! Grab your flashlight as we tour one of Columbia's oldest cemeteries and discover centuries of stories etched in stone on the markers and headstones found within Elmwood Cemetery's acres of carefully planned grounds. The perfect after-work activity, our cemetery tours are an event the whole family will enjoy. Choose from two tour options every month through September: Secrets from the Grave Tours, 7:30 pm: Join us before dark to study the symbols found on many of the markers and headstones in this historic cemetery. Moonlight Cemetery Tours, 8 & 8:30 pm: Tour Elmwood Cemetery and discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia's 19th and 20th centuries.
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    Easter Egg Hunt in the Gardens

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    Enjoy a family-friendly Easter egg hunt on four-acres of gardens and landscaped greenways at the Seibels House & Gardens (1601 Richland Street). View examples of historical, natural dyed eggs with samples of the items used to dye it and information on how-to at home. Bring a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny and children will play historic outdoor games.
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    Saturday Stroll | Five Points

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    Join us as we explore one of the earliest planned suburbs of Columbia where the introduction of street car lines provided the catalyst for its explosive growth. Learn how Five Points became the first major commercial district in South Carolina located away from a town’s main street. Second Sunday Strolls & Rolls are a such a popular monthly event that we're expanding to include a few Saturdays in 2018! So join us, when weather permits, in historic districts throughout Richland County. Second Sunday and Saturday Strolls are free for members and $8/adult and $5/youth for non-members. Space is limited. For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org, call 803-252-1770 x 23, or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.
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    Homeschool Friday: Columbia Women

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    To honor Women’s History Month, students will become familiar with several important women in Columbia’s history. From the founding of Columbia through modern times, women have had a significant impact on local history. We will learn about the important women who have lived and worked in Columbia. From Mary Boykin Chestnut to Dr. Matilda Arabelle Evans, we will explore the history of Columbia’s women. All homeschool students are invited to participate in Historic Columbia’s Homeschool Friday programs on the first Friday of the month. Each month’s program is from 10 - 11:30 a.m. and includes hands-on activities while students learn and explore different themes and historic sites with Historic Columbia. Homeschool Friday programs are designed for students of elementary and middle school age levels. Homeschool Friday is open to families and homeschool groups of less than 10 students. For larger groups, we recommend arranging a separate visit to explore that month's topic. Program participants should gather in the Gift Shop at Robert Mills on the day of the program unless otherwise noted. The cost is per student, with an accompanying adult free. Homeschool Fridays are $5 for members, $6 for non-members and $8 for both members and non-members at the door. If you have questions, would like to be on our mailing list, or if you would like to register for the entire year of Homeschool Friday programs, please contact us by email or call 803.252.1770 x 26.
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    Homeschool Friday: Columbia Civil Rights History

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    In honor of Black History Month, we will learn more about African Americans who have made lasting impressions on the lives of Columbians. Students will explore the legacies African Americans have made on both the physical and cultural landscape. By learning specifics of the Civil Rights pioneers who called Columbia home, students will glean new knowledge of the origins and events of the movement. The cost is per student, with an accompanying adult free. Homeschool Fridays are $5 for members, $6 for non-members and $8 for both members and non-members at the door.
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    President’s Day Tours | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

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    Join Historic Columbia on Monday, Feb. 19 for tours of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction to see how his time in Columbia may have influenced his decisions as President. Normally closed to the public on Mondays, there is no better way to mark President’s Day than by taking a tour of the only Presidential site in South Carolina.
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    Homeschool Friday: Presidential Visits to Columbia

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    As the state capital of South Carolina, Columbia has been host to numerous presidents in its long history. Students will learn about where and when presidents have spent time in our city. We will also learn about the role South Carolina – and its past politicians – have played in Presidential elections. Students will also learn about what the presidency entails, including state visits and being commander-in-chief. And, have you ever wondered why presidents sign bills into law but not amendments? All homeschool students are invited to participate in Historic Columbia’s Homeschool Friday programs on the first Friday of the month. Each month’s program is from 10 - 11:30 a.m. and includes hands-on activities while students learn and explore different themes and historic sites with Historic Columbia. Homeschool Friday programs are designed for students of elementary and middle school age levels. Homeschool Friday is open to families and homeschool groups of less than 10 students. For larger groups, we recommend arranging a separate visit to explore that month's topic. Program participants should gather in the Gift Shop at Robert Mills on the day of the program unless otherwise noted. The cost is per student, with an accompanying adult free. Homeschool Fridays are $5 for members, $6 for non-members and $8 for both members and non-members at the door. If you have questions, would like to be on our mailing list, or if you would like to register for the entire year of Homeschool Friday programs, please contact us by email or call 803.252.1770 x 26.
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    Homeschool Friday: Foodways of Columbia

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    Foodways are an important addition to our knowledge of our communities. Students will be introduced to this fascinating study of cultures with a presentation on the history of Southern food and how it has impacted our understanding of Columbia’s people. Chef Wes Fulmer of Motor Supply Co. Bistro will be on hand to lead the discussion. We will also learn about historic foods that have been recently reintroduced to Columbia’s farms and gardens including the Bradford watermelon and Herbemont grapes. All homeschool students are invited to participate in Historic Columbia’s Homeschool Friday programs on the first Friday of the month. Each month’s program is from 10 - 11:30 a.m. and includes hands-on activities while students learn and explore different themes and historic sites with Historic Columbia. Homeschool Friday programs are designed for students of elementary and middle school age levels. Homeschool Friday is open to families and homeschool groups of less than 10 students. For larger groups, we recommend arranging a separate visit to explore that month's topic. Program participants should gather in the Gift Shop at Robert Mills on the day of the program unless otherwise noted. The cost is per student, with an accompanying adult free. Homeschool Fridays are $5 for members, $6 for non-members and $8 for both members and non-members at the door. If you have questions, would like to be on our mailing list, or if you would like to register for the entire year of Homeschool Friday programs, please contact us by email or call 803.252.1770 x 26.
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    Second Sunday Stroll: Old Shandon

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    Join Historic Columbia for a guided walking tour of the Old Shandon neighborhood presented by Seed Architecture. With lots laid out in 1893, Old Shandon is accepted as Columbia’s first planned suburb. Named for Reverend Peter J. Shand, a former rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Shandon was incorporated as its own town in 1904 and annexed in 1913. An extension of Columbia’s streetcar line into the suburb prompted growth to the south and east over the next few decades. Today’s “Old Shandon” neighborhood includes the blocks bounded by Maple, Devine, and Heidt streets, Millwood Avenue, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Second Sunday Strolls provide a guided tour for many of the neighborhoods featured in Historic Columbia's Retrace: Connecting Communities Through History brochures. Tours are 30 - 60 minutes in length. Tickets are free for HC members, $8 for adult non-members, and $5 for youth non-members. For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or call 803.252.1770 x 23.
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    The Palladium Society 2017 Chili Cook-Off

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    Do you love a bowl of “Famously Hot” chili? Cold beer? Great live music? Then join Historic Columbia at Music Farm Columbia for The Palladium Society's 19th annual Chili Cook-Off. One of HC's most popular events, the Chili Cook-Off is hosted by The Palladium Society and features a variety of chili recipes, judging by local celebrities, cash prizes for the winners, and live music. Ticket price includes all you can eat and drink chili, wine and beer, and all proceeds from this event benefit Historic Columbia. Stay tuned for more details, and become a member of The Palladium Society to save on your Cook-Off tickets!
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