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Columbia celebrates National Historic Preservation Month with special events

During the Tuesday, May 1 meeting, Columbia City Council proclaimed May as National Historic Preservation Month and presented a plaque to the City’s Preservation staff with the Planning Division commemorating the event.

Since its inception by the National Trust for Historic Preservation during the 1970s, National Historic Preservation Month has been a way to promote historic places. The City’s Planning staff is promoting a number of activities and events throughout the month of May that focus on the history and architecture of Columbia.

Main Street Scavenger Hunt (May 1 – 31)
The City of Columbia Preservation Staff will challenge you to test your knowledge in a Main Street Scavenger Hunt! Clues for the hunt will be released online May 1; Participants who complete the hunt and return the correct answers by May 31 will be entered to win one of three great prizes. For more information, visit columbiasc.net/planning-preservation/historic-preservation. Please direct any questions to preservation@columbiasc.net. 

City Hall Exhibit (May 1 – 31)
Columbia City Hall (constructed 1875) underwent a major renovation in 2012 that included extensive plaster repair by local plasterers from Master of Plaster. Throughout the month of May, a small exhibit titled Recipe for a Plaster Flower, will be on display in the City Hall Lobby and display salvaged plaster trim pieces from the recent renovation of Council Chambers. The exhibit will also provide a brief description of the process of reconstructing the damaged ornamental plaster from 1875 that adorn the walls.

Randolph Cemetery Workshop (May 5, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Tour Randolph Cemetery (created 1871) and see how previous repairs by professional conservators have –or have not- lasted, and discuss proper lawn and stone maintenance and repair. Randolph Cemetery is located just west of Elmwood Cemetery, at the dead end of Elmwood Avenue with parking along the street. The workshop is FREE but please register by emailingRandolphCemetery@gmail.com. Please wear comfortable clothes and sneakers and bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a gallon of water for the hands-on stone cleaning session. For more information check out facebook.com/events/1600722699977144/. Rain date isMay 12.

Featured photo: The City of Columbia proclaims May as National Historic Preservation Month. Pictured (l-r): Preservation Planner Rachel Walling, Councilman Howard E. Duvall Jr., Preservation Planner Amy Moore, Mayor Pro Tem Tameika Isaac Devine, Councilman Edward H. McDowell Jr. and Councilman Sam Davis.

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