Historic Columbia Announces September 2018 Events

COLUMBIA, S.C., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 – Historic Columbia is excited to announce a full month of programming and events for September 2018. The 40th Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture returns on Saturday, Sept. 22 with an exciting entertainment lineup, featuring a headlining performance from Kindred the Family Soul. The 2018-19 Homeschool Friday program kicks off with a day dedicated to South Carolina’s rich sports history. September also features a Garden Workshop where guests can learn how to propagate plants from their own garden. See the full list of September events below and be sure to leave room in your calendar for plenty of fun.


Storytime in the Gardens

Thursday, Sept. 6 | 4 – 5 p.m. | Hampton-Preston Gardens

Join Historic Columbia and Richland County Public Library for a special outdoor Storytime in the Gardens! Enjoy stories and songs in the gazebo at the Hampton-Preston Mansion’s Henry Michael Powell Memorial Children’s Garden. In addition, participate in old fashioned historic games in gardens. This event is free and open to children of all ages. No registration necessary.


Homeschool Friday | South Carolina Sports History

Friday, Sept. 7 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. | The Gift Shop at Robert Mills

September 7, 1963: the day the Football Hall of Fame was created. The same day, 16 years later, ESPN debuted on television. Join us to learn about South Carolina’s rich sports history, from horse racing to football, and how it has impacted the state. Homeschool Friday programs are designed for students of elementary and middle school age levels. This program 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. Each program begins at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, located at 1616 Blanding Street, unless otherwise noted. Tickets are $5 for Historic Columbia members, $6 for non-members and $8 for everyone on the day-of. For more information or to register, visit HistoricColumbia.org, call (803) 252-1770 x 26 or email education@historiccolumbia.org.


Garden Workshop | Propagating From Your Garden

Saturday, Sept. 8 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Seibels House

Join Historic Columbia’s horticulturists as they share what they know about propagating plants from your own garden. At this Garden Workshop, attendees will learn about reference materials, gathering cuttings, rooting hormones, timing, media selection and more. Attendees will also perform all steps of the process and leave with a selection of cuttings to take home! Come prepared to be outside and get dirty! Tickets are $20 for HC members and $25 for non-members. For more information, visit HistoricColumbia.org, call (803) 252-1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.


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Second Sunday Stroll | University Hill

Sunday, Sept. 9 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Tour begins at the Inn at USC

Explore University Hill with Historic Columbia on Sunday, September 9 during our Second Sunday Strolls program presented by Seed Architecture. This guided walking tour will highlight Columbia’s University Hill neighborhood and explore how it was shaped and defined by urban renewal and the University of South Carolina’s eastward expansion. The tour will meet and begin at the Inn at USC located at 1619 Pendleton Street. Space is limited. Tickets are $5 for Historic Columbia members, $10 for non-members and free for all youth 17 and under. For more information or to register, visit HistoricColumbia.org, call (803) 252-1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.


Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours

Thursday, Sept. 13 | 7:30, 8, and 8:30 p.m. | Elmwood Cemetery

Grab your flashlight and 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, Historic Columbia’s Cemetery Tours are an event the whole family can enjoy. Choose from two tour options: “Secrets from the Grave Tours” and “Moonlight Cemetery Tours.” Tickets are $8/adult and $4/youth for members and $12/adult and $6/youth for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit HistoricColumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

  • Secrets from the Grave Tours, 7:30 p.m. –Study the symbols found on many of the markers and headstones in the historic Elmwood Cemetery.
  • Moonlight Cemetery Tours, 8 & 8:30 p.m. – Tour Elmwood Cemetery and discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia's 19th and 20th centuries.



Dollar Sunday | Robert Mills House

Sunday, Sept. 16 | 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! On Sunday, Sept. 16, 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.


New Volunteer Orientation

Monday, Sept. 17 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Seibels House

Learn more about Historic Columbia’s volunteer program by attending New Volunteer Orientation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17. This session will include an overview of the history and mission of the organization, detailed information on the training process and available volunteer positions. Positions available include Interpretive Guides Garden Volunteers, and Special Event Volunteers. Orientation will include a tour of the Hampton-Preston Mansion. For more information or to register, visit HistoricColumbia.org, call (803) 252-1770 x 24 or email bkleinfelder@historiccolumbia.org.


Jubilee 40th Anniversary Gala

Thursday, Sept. 20 | 6 – 9 p.m. | Seibels House & Garden

Join Historic Columbia and the Jubilee Gala committee to celebrate 40 years of support for the Jubilee festival and Mann-Simons Site. The evening will feature specialty food and cocktails as well as music by the Reggie Sullivan Band and performances by Indigo Soul. The dress for this event is festive, so come ready to celebrate! The gala will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Seibels House & Garden located at 1601 Richland Street. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at JubileeSC.org/Gala or by calling (803) 252-1770 x 15.


Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture

Saturday, Sept. 22 | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

Join Historic Columbia at the 40th annual Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. This free outdoor festival brings musicians, artisans, dancers and living historians  together to celebrate South Carolina’s black history and culture on the grounds of the Mann-Simons Site. Jubilee is a celebration everyone can enjoy, and this year will feature a headlining performance from Philadelphia-based neo soul duo Kindred the Family Soul and a variety of other R&B, jazz and gospel musicians, as well as artist demonstrations, family-friendly activities, and street vendors selling wares, gifts, art, food and beverages. Throughout the day, guests are invited to take house tours of the Mann-Simons Site and the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House for $1 and take the African American Historic Sites Bus Tour for $2. Jubilee is made possible by the festival’s generous sponsors and is a free community event that will be held along the streets outside of the Mann-Simons Site at 1403 Richland Street in downtown Columbia. For more information, visit JubileeSC.org, call (803) 252-1770 x 23 or email jubilee@historiccolumbia.org.


Research Roundtable | Congaree History

Tuesday, Sept. 25 | noon – 1 p.m. | Seibels House

Learn more about Historic Columbia’s research initiatives at the monthly Research Roundtable from noon – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Each month, staff will share their latest discoveries and lingering questions as they uncover the history of our community. From dangerous ferries carrying horses, pigs, and cattle to enslaved boatmen navigating flatboats, the Congaree River was a busy place that transported goods and people both up and downstream. Join Katharine Allen, research and archives manager, for a discussion on new research into the role the river played in the lives of antebellum South Carolinians. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to this program. This event is free for members and $5 for non-members. For more information, visit HistoricColumbia.org, call 803.252.1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch.


HOUSE TOURS:               


Historic House Museum Tours
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Historic Columbia’s historic house museum tours offer a peek into the past! Tour the Robert Mills House & Gardens, Mann-Simons Site or the Woodrow Wilson Family Home to learn more about Columbia's history. Tours are free for members, $10 for adults, $7 youth (ages 6-17) and free for children under 5. For a more detailed tour schedule, visit historiccolumbia.org.


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 Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.

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