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April 2016 Events at Historic Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 8, 2016)—Historic Columbia presents an exciting array of events this April, including the annual Garden Symposium, a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Wavering Place Plantation, and the first major public symposium on Reconstruction as part of the 150th commemoration of the era. The full April calendar is below.

 

TOURS

Historic House Museum Tours
Tuesday – Saturday | 10am-3pm

Sunday | 1-4pm | Tours leave at the top of the hour

Our historic house museum tours offer a peek into the past! Tour the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, or Woodrow Wilson Family Home to learn more about Columbia’s history. For a more detailed tour schedule, visit historiccolumbia.org.

 

Group Tours

Historic Columbia is happy to arrange a private guided tour for your group of 10 or more with advance registration. Bus tours are available. Contact our tour and program coordinator at 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

 

EVENTS

Homeschool Friday | Reconstruction and the 14th Amendment in Columbia
Friday, April 1 | 10-11:30am | The Gift Shop at Robert Mills

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 14th amendment, visit the Woodrow Wilson Family Home to learn about Reconstruction and the ratification of this important amendment in Columbia. We’ll also explore why South Carolina was one of the last states to ratify the amendment and guarantee equal protection to all its citizens. For elementary and middle school age students. Reservations are recommended. $5 members / $6 non-members / $8 day of / free for accompanying adults.

 

Family Garden Day

Saturday, April 2 | 10-11:30am | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Come learn how to plant seedlings at the grounds of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home and even take a seedling home with you! You’ll also get a chance to play some garden games and enjoy refreshments on the back porch of the house. Members: $3 adults / $5 youth. Non-members: $5 adults / $7 youth.

 

Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Wavering Place Plantation

Sunday, April 3 | 1-3pm | Wavering Place Plantation

Historic Columbia is excited to showcase this spectacular property that received a 2015 HC Preservation Award for its Kitchen Dependency Rehabilitation. Owned by the Adams family since 1768, Wavering Place Plantation was acquired by Weston Adams III and Robert Adams VI in 2013 from their uncle Julian C. Adams. In an effort to preserve the property, the current owners have opened the site as an event venue and rehabilitated its circa-1790 kitchen house into a bed and breakfast. The property recently received a 2015 Preservation Award from Historic Columbia for this rehabilitation project. This tour includes the circa-1850 Greek Revival Plantation House and several outbuildings, including a smokehouse, kitchen dependency and former residence for enslaved workers. Family members will share the history of Wavering Place.

 

Advance ticket sales only. Tickets available for HC Members only until March 25; non-members may purchase any remaining tickets beginning March 26. Admission for this exclusive tour is $25 for members and $30 for non-members and includes light refreshments following the tour. Directions will be sent two days prior to the tour; the plantation is located in Eastover, approximately 30 minutes from downtown Columbia. Please note that portions of this tour are not handicapped accessible.

 

Confronting the Holocaust…and the Aftermath

Sunday, April 3 | 2-3:15pm | SC State Museum, Gervais Street Room

Join us for a special panel discussion with Henry Miller, Henry H. Goldberg, and Lilly Filler, all representing families of Holocaust survivors. They will be joined by T. Moffatt Burriss, a liberator of concentration camps. Robin Waites, executive director of Historic Columbia, will moderate. The discussion will focus on the personal experiences of the survivors, the eye witness account of the liberator, and the lessons the Holocaust should teach. Light refreshments will be served. This presentation is sponsored by Historic Columbia, the South Carolina State Museum, and Columbia Holocaust Education Commission.

 

This presentation is associated with the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative, sponsored by Central Carolina Community Foundation, City of Columbia, and SC Humanities, and the Holocaust Remembered exhibition on view at the South Carolina State Museum (March 19– April 16) and The Jewish Community Center (April 18–May 8). Free.

 

The Palladium Society’s Renovation Rodeo | Heathwood

April 7 | 6-7:30pm

HC’s Palladium Society continues this popular tour series in 2016! Presented by Modern Exterminating, Renovation Rodeos take us on a tour of old homes and buildings in the Columbia area that have been refurbished and renovated while staying true to the roots and history of the house. For April’s tour, we will visit a residential location in Heathwood and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres as well as beer and wine during the event! Not a member of HC’s young professional society? Join today! Reservations are required. Free for Palladium members / $5 non-members.

 

2016 Gardening Symposium

Friday, April 8 & Saturday, April 9

For centuries, the South has been known for its amazing gardens. Increasingly unpredictable climatic conditions, however, are presenting new challenges for the Southern gardener. Join us as we look to our storied horticultural past, for insight on ways to move the Southern garden into the future.

 

Friday, April 8 | Robert Mills Carriage House

Keynote Address | “The Revival of The Carolina’s Greatest Fruits and Berries” with Dr. David Shields | 6-7pm

Dr. David Shields, Carolina Distinguished professor, chairperson of Slow Food’s Ark of Taste Biodiversity Committee for the Southern Region, Chair of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation, and author of Southern Provisions: The Creation and Revival of a Cuisine.

 

Garden Reception and Book Signing | 7-8:30pm

Executive Chef Wes Fulmer of Motor Supply Bistro teams up with Dr. David Shields to offer heavy hors d’oeuvres including ingredients and preparations discussed in the keynote address. Dr. Shields will be signing copies of his book Southern Provisions, which will be available for purchase at The Gift Shop at Robert Mills.

 

Saturday, April 9 | The Gift Shop at Robert Mills

Registration | 8:30-9am

 

Workshops | 9am-Noon

A trio of talented gardeners, plantsmen, and botanists will present in small groups and guide hands-on activities in three 45-minute sessions. An heirloom seed swap will take place during all sessions for attendees to participate in at their leisure and will include seed from Seed Saver’s Exchange, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants.

 

Each workshop is 45 minutes and runs concurrently beginning at 9 am, 10 am, and 11 am. Participants will rotate through all three workshops in small groups, allowing for more personal interaction with the presenters. Workshops include:  Cultivating History: Growing and Saving Heirloom Crops in the Home Garden, Sprouting, Rooting, and Dividing: Basic Propagation Techniques for All Gardeners, Seeing your Landscape for the First Time: Basic Field Botany.

 

Optional Tour | 1pm | Limited to the first 25 registrants

Visit the historic Horseshoe, the heart of the University of South Carolina’s campus, for a guided tour by South Caroliniana Library archivist and author Katharine Thompson Allen. Ms. Allen recently coauthored On the Horseshoe: A Guide to the Historic Campus of the University of South Carolina.

For pricing and registration, visit historiccolumbia.org

 

Second Sunday Roll: Homeplaces, Workplaces, Resting Places: An African-American Heritage Sites Tour

Sunday, April 10 | 2-3:30pm | Robert Mills Carriage House

Join us for a guided bus tour of Columbia’s Homeplaces, Workplaces, and Resting Places. From the Mann-Simons Site, home of Celia Mann, a free-black mid-wife in antebellum Columbia, to the North Carolina Mutual Building, offices of the largest African-American owned life insurance company in the United States, this tour explores houses, businesses, cemeteries, and other sites important to the African-American community. 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. Second Sunday Strolls provide a guided tour for many of the neighborhoods featured in Historic Columbia’s Retrace: Connecting Communities Through History brochures. Reservations are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome as space allows! Allow approximately 90 minutes for this tour. Members: $8 adults, $4 youth. Non-members: $12 adults, $6 youth.

 

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours
Thursday, April 14 | 7:30-9:30pm | Elmwood Cemetery

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.

Members: $8 adults / $4 youth. Non-members: $12 adults / $6 youth.

 

Happy Hour History Tours | Main Street

Friday, April 15 | 5:30-7pm

Columbia’s Main Street boasts architectural styles spanning three centuries that speak to the tastes, interests, and aspirations of persons living and working in South Carolina’s second state capital. This guided tour offers insight into the history of Columbia focusing on the progress seen through the life of its Main Street and downtown corridor. Participants will stop at local historic sites and receive two free beverages and appetizers along the way. Suggested parking garages (no charges occur after 5:30): 1400 Sumter Street, 1100 Lady Street, 1100 Taylor Street. All tours meet on the Gervais Street side of the State House near the Washington statue. $20 members / $25 non-members. For reservations, call 803.252.1770 ext. 26 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

 

Dollar Sunday | Woodrow Wilson Family Home
Sunday, April 17 | 1-4pm | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

This month, residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a self-guided tour of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home for just $1! General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! Purchase admission at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills or directly at the door of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Must present valid ID.

 

Early Adventures | Eggstrordinary Fun
Thursday, April 21 | 10:30-11:30am | The Gift Shop at Robert Mills

Get ready for an Eggstrodinary history adventure at the Robert Mills House Garden! Create your own basket and hop through the garden to find some eggs and learn about how children dyed eggs in the 19th century. Our Early Adventures program introduces children from ages 3-5 to history through games, crafts and stories in monthly one-hour events. All programs meet from 10:30 to 11:30 am at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street. $6 members / $7 for non-members / $8 day of / free for accompanying adults.

 

The Reconstruction Era: History and Public Memory Symposium

Thursday, April 21 & Friday, April 22

Join History Center, University of South Carolina and Historic Columbia for the first major public symposium on Reconstruction as part of the 150th commemoration of this era. Luncheon: $30. All other programs: free.

 

The Reconstruction period marked the transition from slavery to freedom and citizenship for nearly four million enslaved African Americans and the start of an unprecedented experiment in biracial democracy. It saw the enactment of 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, which vastly expanded constitutional protection of citizenship rights for all Americans. The achievements of Reconstruction as well as its violent demise are among the most poorly understood episodes in American history. Yet the impact of the Reconstruction “experiment” on black Americans, race relations, and the nation at large resonates through American history, reflected in ongoing discussions about race in America, historical and contemporary debates regarding citizenship and rights, and the ways in which this history is publicly commemorated and interpreted.

 

South Carolina was the site of Reconstruction’s most notable achievements and also the place where its provisions were most hotly and violently challenged.  It is a place where public commemoration of this past remains contested, which makes the History Center, University of South Carolina and Historic Columbia’s presentation of The Reconstruction Era: History and Public Memory a particularly significant event.

 

Thursday, April 21 | Ladson Presbyterian Church

Keynote Address| “The Significance of Reconstruction in American History” with Eric Foner | 6-7pm

A Pulitzer Prize winning historian and widely acclaimed teacher, Eric Foner has written about slavery, the Underground Railroad, Emancipation and Abraham Lincoln. Most well-known for his seminal book, Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877, Foner has been involved with efforts to expand public knowledge and understanding of the Reconstruction era, and has actively supported efforts to create a Reconstruction interpretive site in Beaufort, SC.
Friday, April 22nd | Columbia Museum of Art

Registration | 9-10am

 

Panel discussion | New Directions in Reconstruction History | 10-11:30am

Panelists: Elsa Barkley Brown, Ph.D. (University of Maryland), Lewis Burke, Ph.D. (University of South Carolina), Stacey Smith, Ph.D. (Oregon State University)

Moderator: Ehren Foley, Ph.D. (SC State Historic Preservation Office)

Panelists discuss new and recent scholarship on Reconstruction and how it informs contemporary understanding of the Era and its legacy.

 

Luncheon program | From Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement: Personal Reflections | Noon-1:15pm

Speaker: Congressman James E. Clyburn

 

Panel discussion | Interpreting Reconstruction: Challenges and Opportunities | 1:30-3pm

Panelists: Michael Allen (National Park Service), Gregory Downs, Ph.D. (UC – Davis), Kate Masur, Ph.D. (Northwestern University), Jennifer Taylor (Ph.D. candidate, University of South Carolina)

Moderator: Eric Foner, Ph.D. (Columbia University)

Panelists discuss an on-going project to involve historians, staff members, state historical societies, and the general public in a conversation about the best sites and methods to capture Reconstruction history.

 

Reception and Tours | Woodrow Wilson Family Home | 3:30-5pm

Tours led by Thomas Brown, Ph.D. (University of South Carolina) and Historic Columbia Staff

The Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction explores the years in which a teenaged Wilson lived in Columbia. Tours and exhibits examine challenging topics that range from the meaning of citizenship to the violent overthrow of Reconstruction. Guides address the complexities of the man for whom the site is named and how his early experiences in Columbia may have shaped his policies as president of the United States. Dr. Brown, a noted scholar of the period, worked with Historic Columbia to craft the content for the exhibits.

 

Presented in partnership with History Center at USC, South Caroliniana Library, Columbia Museum of Art, USC African American Studies Program,  Institute for Southern Studies, USC Graduate School, and South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation.

 

Happy Hour History Tours | Main Street

Friday, April 29 | 5:30-7pm

Columbia’s Main Street boasts architectural styles spanning three centuries that speak to the tastes, interests, and aspirations of persons living and working in South Carolina’s second state capital. This guided tour offers insight into the history of Columbia focusing on the progress seen through the life of its Main Street and downtown corridor. Participants will stop at local historic sites and receive two free beverages and appetizers along the way. Suggested parking garages (no charges occur after 5:30): 1400 Sumter Street, 1100 Lady Street, 1100 Taylor Street. All tours meet on the Gervais Street side of the State House near the Washington statue. $20 members / $25 non-members. For reservations, call 803.252.1770 ext. 26 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

 

For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org

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