Historic Columbia Announces February 2019 Events

COLUMBIA, S.C., Thursday, January 31, 2019 —Join Historic Columbia for their upcoming February events and tours. Kick-off the month with James Beard award-winning chef and cookbook author at King Solomon’s Table with Joan Nathan, explore Columbia’s African American Sites, tour the Woodrow Wilson Family Home on President’s Day, learn about the life and legacy of Modjeska Monteith Simkins at Historic Columbia’s monthly Research Roundtable and go Behind-The-Scenes at the historic Keenan Building. The full February calendar of events is highlighted below.

Homeschool Friday | Emancipation in Columbia

Friday, Feb. 1 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. | Meet at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills

Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment on February 1, 1865, before it was sent to the states for ratification. This is the only amendment to ever be signed by the president. Join us to find out why it was signed and the lasting effects of the amendment, which officially ended slavery across the United States. February’s Homeschool Friday will take place from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 and will begin at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills. Registration is $5 for members, $6 for non-members and $8 for both members and non-members the day of. To register, visit historiccolumbia.org, email education@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 26.

King Solomon’s Table with Joan Nathan

Sunday, Feb. 3 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Beth Shalom Synagogue

Join Historic Columbia and the USC History Center for “King Solomon’s Table with Joan Nathan” from 2- 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3. This special event will feature a talk by Joan Nathan, a James Beard award-winner, much-loved cookbook author, and authority on Jewish cooking across the globe. The presentation will be followed by a reception with southern Jewish recipes from one of Nathan’s 11 cookbooks. She will also be on hand to sign her most recent publication, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World. Tickets for this event are $15 for Historic Columbia members and $20 for non-members. Space is limited. To register, visit historiccolumbia.org, email mplott@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-7742 x 12.

Second Sunday Roll | African American Historic Sites

Sunday, Feb. 10 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Meet at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills

Explore local African American historic sites by bus with Historic Columbia on Sunday, February 10 during Second Sunday Roll presented by Seed Architecture. From the Mann-Simons Site, to the North Carolina Mutual Building, this tour explores houses, businesses and other important African American sites. Largely comprised of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this tour features locations that illustrate important events and little-known facts about Columbia's African American community. The tour will meet and begin at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills located at 1616 Blanding Street. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/youth for members, $14/adult and $7/youth for non-members and free for children 5 and under. Space is limited. To register, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

New Volunteer Orientation

Monday, Feb. 11| Seibels House

Looking for a way to meet new people, visit historic sites and discover the culture and lifestyles of South Carolina's capital city and Richland County? Then volunteer with Historic Columbia! New Volunteer Training takes place from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 with an orientation session introducing Historic Columbia's sites, programs and events. The orientation will take place at the Seibels House, located at 1601 Richland Street. Additional training will be provided as new volunteers choose their role within the organization. To register, contact Betsy Kleinfelder at bkleinfelder@historiccolumbia.org or 803.252.1770 x 24.


Last Day to Submit Preservation Award Nominations

Submission Deadline: Monday, Feb. 11

Each year, Historic Columbia presents Preservation Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local architectural, construction and rehabilitation projects and leaders. The awards recognize local projects that have maintained or added to the historical, architectural and cultural heritage throughout Columbia and Richland County in the following categories: Preservation/Restoration, Adaptive Use, New Construction in a Historic Context and Preservation Leadership. Nominations should be limited to projects completed within the last five years and located in Columbia and Richland County. Only completed projects will be considered. Submissions should be emailed, mailed or faxed to Lois Carlisle (1601 Richland Street, lcarlisle@historiccolumbia.org) no later than 5 p.m. on February 11, 2019. Download the submission packet for a list of requirements and materials to include. For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org, email lcarlise@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-7742 x 10.

Saturday Roll | Civil War Sites

Saturday, Feb. 16 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Meet at the Robert Mills Carriage House

Explore local Civil War Sites with Historic Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 16 during a weekend bus tour program presented by Seed Architecture. Columbia's antebellum and Reconstruction era structures—including churches, hospitals, armories, governmental buildings and private homes—offer testimony to this tumultuous chapter in our nation's history. Learn about Columbia during the early years of the war and about the fateful night of February 17, 1865 when 30% of the city's structures were lost to fire. Step-off at the State House and count the iron stars marking where Union cannonballs hit the building. The tour will meet at the Robert Mills Carriage House located at 1616 Blanding Street. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/youth for members, $14/adult and $7/youth for non-members and free for children 5 and under. Space is limited. To register, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.


Dollar Sunday | Mann-Simons Site

Sunday, Feb. 17 | 1 – 4 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

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. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills located at 1616 Blanding Street. General admission prices apply to all other properties.

President’s Day Tours | Woodrow Wilson Family Home
Monday, Feb. 18 | 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Join Historic Columbia on Monday, Feb. 18 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. Tickets are regular price and can be purchased on site. For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Research Roundtable | Modjeska Monteith Simkins

Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Seibels House

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, research and archives manager at Historic Columbia, for a presentation on how Historic Columbia plans to honor her life and legacy. The discussion will focus on how primary sources from the Jim Crow period shed light on the segregated and unequal South that she fought to change. This program will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Seibels House, located at 1601 Richland Street. For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org, email kallen@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 37.


Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Keenan Building

Thursday, Feb. 28 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | 1310 Lady Street

Go behind the scenes with Historic Columbia on Thursday, Feb. 28 and explore the historic Keenan building, a Columbia iconic landmark. The Keenan building was built as a six-story structure in 1921 and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. It became a complex in 1951, when a ten-story portion was added on. It was further expanded in the 1980s with a three-story addition. This complex has been home to many organizations and business, from the Masons to Merrill Lynch. It will soon be transformed into 109 apartments with a spectacular view of Main Street. This Behind-The-Scenes Tour, presented by 2nd Wind Heating & Air, will begin at the Palmetto Club at 6 p.m. Tickets are available to Historic Columbia members first and will open to non-members starting Monday, Feb. 18. Space is limited. Register early by becoming a member today! For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org or contact Lauren King by phone at (803) 252-7742 ext. 15 or by email at lking@historiccolumbia.org.



Historic House Museum Tours
House tours are 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. Tours are free for members and $10/adults and $7/youth non-members. Purchase admission at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, located at 1616 Blanding St.

Group Tours

Historic Columbia is happy to arrange a private guided tour groups of 10 or more with advance registration. Bus tours are available. To schedule a group tour, call 803.252.1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

About Historic Columbia:

In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit historiccolumbia.org or find us on TwitterFacebookInstagram or YouTube.


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