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Historic Columbia Announces April 2017 Events

COLUMBIA, S.C., Monday, March 27, 2017 – Historic Columbia has an exciting calendar of events taking place during the month of April – from an Easter Egg Hunt in the Gardens, to a Second Sunday Stroll of University Hill, to Moonlight Cemetery Tours, to a presentation on Woodrow Wilson. Visit historiccolumbia.org for a full list of events.


Homeschool Friday: Historic Gardens
Friday, April 7 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. | Robert Mills House Carriage House

Historic Columbia’s Homeschool Friday program continues Friday, April 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. Homeschool students will learn about 19th-century gardens and planting techniques in this hands-on program. A master gardener will show students proper techniques, including planting seeds, watering them and fertilizing plants. In addition, students will learn about heritage plants, including some recently brought to Historic Columbia. They will also learn how herbs in the 19th century were used as medicine, seasoning and in other ways such as mosquito repellent.  Homeschool Friday is $5 for members, $6 for non-members and $8 for both members and non-members the day-of. This Homeschool Friday will be held at the Robert Mills Carriage House located at 1616 Blanding Street. To make reservations, visit historiccolumbia.org, call (803) 252-1770 x. 26 or email cgalens@historiccolumbia.org.

Easter Egg Hunt in the Gardens

Saturday, April 8 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. | Robert Mills House & Gardens

Enjoy a family-friendly Easter egg hunt on four-acres of gardens and landscaped greenways at the Robert Mills House & Gardens. The Egg Hunt will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the Founder’s Garden on the grounds of the Robert Mills House. After the hunt, children can play historic outdoor games, view examples of historic dyed eggs and learn tips on dyeing eggs at home. Guests are encouraged to bring their camera and get photos with the Easter Bunny. This event is free. Advanced 24-hour reservations are required as space is limited. Visit historiccolumbia.org to register.

Second Sunday Stroll | University Hill

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

Explore University Hill with Historic Columbia on Sunday, April 9 during the monthly Second Sunday Stroll 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. Second Sunday Stroll is free for members and $8/adult and $5/youth for non-members. Space is limited. To purchase tickets, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Storytime in the Gardens

Wednesday, April 12 | 11 a.m. – noon | Hampton-Preston Mansion & 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. For more information, please call (803) 252-1770 x 23 or visit historiccolumbia.org.

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours

Thursday, April 13 | 7:30, 8, and 8:30 pm | Elmwood Cemetery

Historic Columbia’s popular Cemetery Tours series returns on Thursday, April 13. 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.

Closed for Easter

Sunday, April 16 | All House Museums

In observance of Easter, all Historic Columbia house museums, including the Robert Mills House & Gardens, Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, Mann-Simons Site or the Woodrow Wilson Family Home will be closed on Sunday, April 16.

Music for a Cause

Saturday, April 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Koger Center for the Arts

Historic Columbia is teaming up with the South Carolina Philharmonic as their “Music for a Cause” partner charity for the Certified Organic concert, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Saint–Saëns’ grandiose Organ Symphony will fill every nook and cranny of the hall. Nationally-renowned Columbia native Andy Akiho performs a striking piece of his own creation commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, and Respighi lends his majestic touch to a soaring season finale. Select “charity” concert tickets using the code “Historic Columbia” in the $31 sections and the Philharmonic will donate 75% of those sales to Historic Columbia. The performance will take place at the Koger Center for the Arts located 1051 Greene Street. Visit scphilharmonic.com to purchase tickets.

 Wilson and World War I

Sunday, April 23 | 2-5 p.m. | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Noted Woodrow Wilson scholar and historian Ken Clements and World War I author Fritz Hamer will deliver a presentation on President Woodrow Wilson’s leadership of the U.S. involvement in World War I and the lasting effects of his decisions before, during and after the war. In addition, tours will be offered at the site and World War I soldier re-enactors will engage the public on the grounds. This event is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities. Wilson and World War I is free and will take place at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home located at 1705 Hampton Street. Visithistoriccolumbia.org to learn more.

New Volunteer Training

Monday, April 24 | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Seibels House

Looking for a way to meet new people, visit historic sites and discover the culture and lifestyles on South Carolina’s capital city and Richland County? Then volunteer with Historic Columbia. New Volunteer Training kicks off with an orientation session introducing Historic Columbia’s sites, programs and events. Additional training will be provided as new volunteers choose their role within the organization. Historic Columbia is looking for volunteers willing to donate six or more hours a month to nurturing, supporting and protecting the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and Richland County. Training will take place at the Seibels House located at 1601 Richland Street. To register, visit historiccolumbia.org, email bkleinfelder@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 24.

Bring Your Own History

Saturday, April 29 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Second Nazareth Baptist Church

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, ColumbiaSC63, Richland Library and Historic Columbia will provide residents of the Edgewood community the opportunity to archive their pieces of the neighborhood’s history. Bring Your Own History (BYOH) is an opportunity for Edgewood residents to share old photos, old documents, etc. that are essential to the neighborhood’s story. Once the donations are collected, some of the selected pieces will be housed in Richland Library’s new Edgewood branch and some will be archived in the library’s “Midlands Memories” collection. This free event will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. onSaturday, April 29 at Second Nazareth Baptist Church located at 2336 Elmwood Ave in the Bowman Auditorium. Visithistoriccolumbia.org to learn more.


Historic House Museum Tours
TuesdaySaturday: 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, Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, Mann-Simons Site or the Woodrow Wilson Family Home to learn more about Columbia’s history. Tours are free for members, $8 for adults, $5 youth (ages 6-17) and free for children under 5. Visit historiccolumbia.org for more information.

Group Tours

Historic Columbia is happy to arrange a private guided tour for 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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