Historic Columbia

Historic Columbia wages war on summer heat with Happy Hour Water Balloon Battle

Historic Columbia is inviting residents to beat the heat of the city’s famously hot summer during the second annual Happy Hour Water Balloon Battle. But it’s not just about keeping cool; balloon battlers will have to make sure they brush up on their military history.   Historic Columbia is bringing back their Happy Hour Water Balloon Battle next week. (Photo…

Columbia’s Jewish history highlighted in self-guided tour

Brittons, Kline, Lyons. These names represent just some of the Jewish families who helped shape Columbia, and they are now the focus on a new self-guided tour developed by Historic Columbia. Members of the Rivkin family pose in front of Rivkin’s Delicatessen on Lady Street, the first Jewish deli in Columbia, circa 1935. (Photo courtesy of Special Collections, College of…

Historic Columbia explores Southern black culture and tradition in new exhibit

Historic Columbia explores contemporary African-American art in an exhibition called “Route to (re)settlement” opening on June 2. The Mann-Simons site will host “Route to (re)settlement,” which highlights Southern black culture. (Photos provided) “Route to (re)settlement” is the first installment of an exhibition series examining the stories of African-American communities in South Carolina, featuring works by acclaimed artists Rashid Johnson and…

Historic Columbia honors outstanding volunteers

Historic Columbia has announced honors presented this week to several volunteers who have helped the nonprofit organization in its mission to preserve the historic and cultural heritage of the city and Richland County. While the awards recognize a few outstanding volunteers, “each volunteer plays an important part in the success of this organization,” said Robin Waites, Historic Columbia’s executive director. Jeff…

Columbia hosting national symposium on legacy of Reconstruction Era

For two days this week, some of America’s leading historians will gather in Columbia to discuss America’s Reconstruction Era, a period of great importance to South Carolina history. The Reconstruction Era marked a period in America when African Americans newly freed from slavery fought to claim and protect their citizenship status and the freedoms that came along with it. From…

Youngsters enthralled by Columbia storytelling festival

Darion McCloud is an accomplished raconteur. And on Friday the local actor and director shared with schoolchildren gathered in downtown Columbia for a storytelling festival an old Gullah tale about a man named Aaron Kelly. McCloud began by explaining to the children that Gullah is an African-influenced culture and language still found today on the coast of South Carolina. Then…

‘Remembering Columbia’ offers visual road map of city’s people, places

Columbia’s history is a melting pot of race, class, religion and culture in the heart of South Carolina’s capital. The latest book to explore the Famously Hot city is “Remembering Columbia,” and it moves readers along the streets and neighborhoods of the city from behind the camera lens. “Remembering Columbia is not just a visual journey into the past, it’s also…

Black WWI soldiers honored at Historic Columbia site

Some local historians feel that black soldiers who fought in WWI have been forgotten and their stories left untold, and Veteran’s Day was the perfect day to come together and share those stories. These particular soldiers were honored at Historic Columbia’s Mann-Simons site. “Everyone talks about WWII, but it was really the soldiers of WWI who brought the nation together…

Photo gallery: Historic Columbia celebrates African-American culture

The spirit of Columbia’s African-American culture was alive Saturday as Historic Columbia celebrated its 37th annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage. Hundreds of people gathered around the Mann-Simons historic home at the corner of Richland and Marion streets to partake in the music, dance, goods and food of African and African-American communities. “This is something that we do annually to really…