Historic Columbia Announces January 2019 Events

COLUMBIA, S.C., Wednesday, January 2, 2019 — Ring in the New Year with Historic Columbia at our January programs and events. This month, we will offer an exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Claussen’s Inn, a Research Roundtable on the historic Babcock Building, a talk and book signing with Judge Richard Gergel and the return of Historic Happy Hour Trivia! The full January calendar of events is highlighted below.

Homeschool Friday | Space Exploration and South Carolina

Friday, Jan. 4 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. | Meet at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills

Did you know that January 4 was the day Sputnik 1 fell back to Earth in 1958 and the Spirit rover landed on Mars in 2004?  Join Historic Columbia at Homeschool Friday | Space Exploration and South Carolina and learn about the ways in which South Carolinians have played a role in space exploration over the years. Plus, make your very own rocket! January’s Homeschool Friday will take place from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 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.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Claussen’s Inn

Thursday, Jan. 17 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | Claussen’s Inn

Go behind-the-scenes with Historic Columbia and explore the Claussen’s Inn, an historic Five Points landmark on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. Claussen's Bakery was built in 1928 for George Frederick Claussen, the grandson of a German immigrant who had previously established a steam bakery in Charleston. Until it ceased operation in 1963, Claussen's made significant contributions to the industrial and commercial development of Columbia. Learn more about the origins of this building, its evolution in the 20th century, and how the project’s current owners plan to bring new life to Five Points with boutique residential apartments. Tickets for this event are $35 for Historic Columbia members and $50 for non-members. Ticket sales are currently open to Historic Columbia members only and will open to the public on Thursday, Jan. 10, if tickets remain. Space is limited. To register, visit historiccolumbia.org, email lking@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-7742 x 15.

Garden Workshop | Pruning

Saturday, January 19 | 9 – 11 a.m. | Gardens of the Robert Mills House

Have you been accused of "Crepe Murder"? Is your garden suffering from live oak blackout? Join horticulturists Keith Means and Evan Clements for Historic Columbia’s Winter Pruning Workshop on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 – 11 a.m. Pruning hardy shrubs and trees is an essential tool used to maintain plant health, prolong plant lifespan and maximize landscape utility. Here at Historic Columbia, we do the majority of our major pruning in the winter, when plants are dormant and branching structure is easier to see. Utilizing the vast collection of trees and shrubs planted throughout the extensive gardens of Historic Columbia’s six properties, attendees will learn basics such as species-specific growth and form, what tools to use, and how to use them.

This workshop will take place from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Gardens of the Robert Mills House. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Guests are advised to dress accordingly and bring their favorite gloves and pruners. For more information or to register, visit historiccolumbia.org, call (803) 252-1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

Dollar Sunday | Robert Mills House

Sunday, Jan. 20 | 1 – 4 p.m. | Robert Mills House

The 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 Robert Mills House & Gardens, one of only five National Historic Landmarks within Columbia, and explore architecture and daily life in the 1820s in Columbia. The Robert Mills House exemplifies the skill of the first architect born and trained within the United States who designed some of the nation's most prominent buildings, including the Washington Monument. Tours leave at the regular tour hours at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. 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.


Research Roundtable | Babcock Building

Tuesday, Jan. 22 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Seibels House

Join Historic Columbia for their monthly Research Roundtable from noon – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Recently, one of Columbia’s most iconic structures – the Babcock Building on the grounds of the former South Carolina State Hospital Bull Street campus – was threatened by fire. This month, join Historic Columbia’s director of cultural resources, John Sherrer, as he explores the history of this venerable building. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to this program. Tickets are free for members and $5 for non-members. To register, visit historiccolumbia.org, call (803) 252-1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

Unexampled Courage: A Conversation with Judge Richard Gergel
Wednesday, Jan. 23 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | USC School of Law Auditorium

Join Historic Columbia, the USC History Center and the USC School of Law for “Unexampled Courage: A Conversation with Judge Richard Gergel” on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the USC School of Law Auditorium. Judge Gergel is a United States District Judge renowned for presiding over some of the South Carolina’s most contentious lawsuits. On January 23, he will discuss his upcoming book Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring. Following Judge Gergel’s presentation, responses will be offered by Armand Derfner, nationally renowned civil rights attorney, and I.S. Leevy Johnson, decorated lawyer and one of the first African Americans elected to the South Carolina General Assembly since Reconstruction. A reception and book signing will follow. Unexampled Courage is available for advance purchase at Historic Columbia’s online store. Books will be available for pickup at the event. Books will also be available for sale at the event. This event is free, but registration is required. Visit historiccolumbia.org to register.


Historic Happy Hour | Hamilton in Columbia

Friday, Jan. 25 | 5:30 – 7 p.m. | Seibels House

What does the musical Hamilton have to do with Columbia? Almost nothing! But we love an excuse for trivia, and we thought we’d have a go at introducing Hamilton to Columbia. This Historic Happy Hour whistles a different tune from our usual fare as we turn our attention to the celebrated hip-hop operetta, Hamilton: An American Musical. Former Soda citizen Woodrow Wilson wasn’t just the President of the United States—he was also the President of Princeton University. Many influential figures have also attended Princeton. Alexander Hamilton was not one of them. Put your history knowledge to the test and join Historic Columbia for trivia from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Seibels House, located at 1601 Richland Street.

Drinks and light appetizers are included with admission. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. There is limited space and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Historic Happy Hour is presented by The Art of Real Estate. To register, visit historiccolumbia.org, call (803) 252-1770 x 23 or email reservations@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. Visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, located at 1616 Blanding Street, to purchase admission.

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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