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  1. historiccolumbia

    Research Roundtable | Modjeska Monteith Simkins

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    Modjeska Monteith Simkins was born in Columbia, S.C. on December 5, 1899, into a society that legally dispossessed women and people of color of their civil liberties. Over the course of her 92 years, she displayed a courage and perseverance that many argue was unmatched. Join Katharine Allen, Director of Research at Historic Columbia, to learn about the ongoing interpretive improvements at her former home, which will reopen to the public later this year. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to this program.
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    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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    In alignment with the movement to ratify the 19th Amendment, which would give women the right to vote, a fledgling League of Women Voters Chapter was established in Columbia in 1920. Although it did not survive the initial start-up, a foundation was laid for its resurgence in 1947. With issues ranging from addressing sub-par health standards, to adopting a city manager form of government, the Columbia Chapter of the League became a standard bearer for women-led organizations across the state. In the lead up to the commemoration the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in August 2020, past presidents of the local league will discuss its founding, early stances, the Chapter’s integration in the early 1960s, and more. To celebrate the centennial of the formation of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. (on February 14, 1920), we will have cake and coffee! This event is free and open to the public, space is limited.
  5. historiccolumbia

    Holiday House Tours - Begins Today

    Guests are invited to see a variety of holiday decorations and experience past traditions at the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion between Friday, Nov. 22 and Tuesday, Dec. 31. Tour guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. At the Robert Mills House, guests will see how a home of its size might have been decorated in the 1820s during the time before Christmas trees were popular. Across the street at the Hampton-Preston Mansion, Christmas of the 1860s was very different from today in many ways but some of the traditions we carry on today have their roots from this time. Eggnog, poinsettias and Christmas trees were all part of the Victorian era holidays. Admission includes a guided tour of both the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Tours will be offered Tuesday – Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.,1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Visit The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, located at 1616 Blanding Street, to purchase admission and begin your tour. To schedule a group tour, call 803.252.1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.
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    Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides

    Visit the decorated, candlelit halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Robert Mills House and go on a guided tour during our annual Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides! Enjoy live music, entertainment, children’s activities and hot chocolate while celebrating the holidays with Historic Columbia. Before or after your house tour, take a carriage ride through the Robert Mills Historic District. Stop by the Gift Shop’s holiday open house throughout the evening for refreshments, holiday tunes and giveaways. Other holiday vendors will be onsite beginning at 4pm to help families with any holiday shopping needs. Be sure to visit this holiday market to find local one-of-a-kind gifts. Candlelight Tours are $5 for adult members, free for youth members, $15 for adult non-members and $8 for youth non-members. Carriage Rides are an additional $10/person. Candlelight Tour tickets must be purchased in order to purchase Carriage Ride tickets. Purchasing a Carriage Ride ticket gives guests the option of selecting a carriage or wagon. Wagon rides are great for families and larger groups. There is limited space on the Carriage Rides so grab your tickets now!
  7. historiccolumbia

    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!
  8. historiccolumbia

    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!
  9. historiccolumbia

    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
  11. Latta Plantation

    Civil War Camp - begins today!

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    “Face by the rear rank, Company. About face!” Drills, marching and battle strategies make this unique camp both fun and educational for campers as they learn the details of a Civil War soldier’s life on the battlefield and back home on the plantation. Participants will be issued a toy musket for the week and receive a kepi hat, canteen and camp T-shirt to keep, as they explore the grounds and hike through the woods. They’ll build temporary shelters, participate in mock battles and hear from some of history’s most famous figures. Parents are invited on the last day to watch rookie soldiers demonstrate an actual American Civil War battle that they’ve studied throughout the week. This highly interactive camp enlists both boys and girls. For more information and to register, please visit https://www.lattaplantation.org/summer-camps
  12. Latta Plantation

    Folk Tales Summer Camp

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    A deerskin drum…a wooden spoon…a surveyor’s chain. What stories do these artifacts tell us about the peoples of the past? Inquiring minds will want to know and have a blast figuring out the answers in this historical investigative camp! Through hands-on activities that tap their critical thinking skills, dynamic demonstrations and first-person presentations, participants will learn the interwoven histories of the different cultures that once lived and toiled on this land. The week includes plenty of outdoor fun like canoeing and water games, traditional and primitive skills learning and so much more! For more information and to register, please go to Folk Tales Summer Camp
  13. Latta Plantation

    Latta Lasses Summer Camp

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    We do declare this camp gives more than a glimpse into the past! Participants will step back in time to experience what life was like for women on the plantation and in the North Carolina backcountry around the time of the Civil War. Hands-on activities include making fans, sewing, weaving, open-hearth cooking, making ice cream, cloth dying, primitive chores, English country dancing and some genteel strolling the grounds. Parents are invited on the last day to a graduation and showcase that includes a dance performance and skills demonstrations. For more information and to register, please visit https://www.lattaplantation.org/summer-camps
  14. Chautauqua History Alive

    A Revolution of her Own! Deborah Sampson - free show

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    Watch History Come Alive as the first female American professional soldier (Deborah Sampson) is portrayed by Judith Kalaora from History at Play, Bostpn MS. This performance is interactive with audience Q/A. As Daniel Morgan trounced Bloody Banastre Tarleon at the Battle of Cowpens, a young self-educate schoolmarm in Massachusetts felt a hight calling - to serve in "A Revolution of her Own!" Wearing an old soldier's uniform, she bound her chest, tied back her hair, and enlisted in the Continental Army, under the alias "Robert Shurtlieff." It's Revolutionary! Free Headquarters Library, 151 S Church St, Spartanburg, SC 864-244-1499 website: HistoryComesAlive.org SPG Winter Chautauqua Media Release.pdf
  15. Elizabeth Laney

    A Day With Aunt Julia

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    A Day with Aunt Julia (August, Children’s Program) August 04, 2018 from 9:30 am – Noon Kids $5, Adults & SC Park Passport Plus Users (4 per group) FREE Bring your family for a morning of fun and games at Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site in honor of the estate’s third owner “Aunt Julia.” Old-fashioned games and crafts will be held throughout the morning, along with special kid-friendly tours of the historic mansion and slave cabin that will explore the lives of the children who once lived at Redcliffe. The highlight of the event will be an ice cream social and raffle held from 11:30 – Noon. Donate school supplies to enter a raffle to win a free AFTER DARK tour of Redcliffe with your family and up to six friends in Oct/Nov. See details below. Come anytime between 9:30 – Noon for games, crafts and tours but Ice Cream Social and Raffle begin at 11:30 am. Dress for the weather – hats, closed-toed shoes, sunscreen and water are highly recommended. Back to School Raffle – Donate school supplies to enter a raffle to win a private tour of Redcliffe AFTER DARK. Each item (1 pack of paper, 1 pack on pencils, 1 pack of folders) equals 1 raffle ticket (single items like a single pencil, single folder are excluded – MUST be a pack to qualify for raffle ticket). Suggested donation items include pencils, pens, 24 pack crayons, glue sticks, safety scissors, book bags, 2 inch 3-ring binders, loose-leaf lined paper, composition books and notebooks. The raffle winner will win a free AFTER DARK tour of Redcliffe for their family and up to six friends (no more than 12 people total). Park staff will consult with the family to choose the best date and time for their tour which should take place in October or November. The tour will include the historic Magnolia Lane and the first floor of the historic mansion.
  16. historiccolumbia

    Hampton-Preston Reopening

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    Join Historic Columbia for the reopening of the Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens! On May 12, we will debut updated interpretation, new exhibits, hands-on interactive elements, and expanded and enhanced public gardens. We will also unveil physical improvements that have been made to the building, including a new exterior paint scheme, an entry hall painted oil cloth and more. This event will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the house’s construction and a variety of activities will be available, including house and garden tours, special presentations, children’s games and crafts, 1910s calisthenics class, quadrille dance lessons, plant sale, live music and food trucks. Tickets are $5/adult and $3/youth for members, $8/adult and $5/youth for non-members. For more information or to purchase, visit HistoricColumbia.org, call 803-252-1770 ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.
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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.
  18. historiccolumbia

    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.
  20. historiccolumbia

    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.
  25. Elizabeth Laney

    First Day Hike & Scavenger Hunt

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    Join Redcliffe Plantation SHS on New Year's Day for our First Day Hike & Scavenger Hunt! We let kids take the lead on this fun hike that explores the historical and natural resources at Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site. Great for ALL ages but geared towards ages 4 - 12. The hike may be between 1.5 to 2 miles and is an easy hike. Tennis shoes/hiking boots suggested as well as bottled water. Make sure to bring your cameras! Check in at the Visitor Center no later than 1:50 pm to check in for the hike. FREE. For more information please contact Redcliffe Plantation SHS at 803-827-1473 or by email at redcliffe@scprt.com. The park is located at 181 Redcliffe Rd., in Beech Island, SC just outside of Augusta, GA.
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