Published on November 5th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


A New Look at Columbia’s Historic Main Street

Jewish Merchants, Past and Present, in the Commercial District

COLUMBIA, S.C. —Gather your friends and join us for Historic Columbia’s next installment of its popular, monthly Happy Hour program on Friday, November 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This month features a newly-developed guided walking tour highlighting Columbia’s Jewish heritage and explores how Jewish merchants, past and present, have shaped the downtown district. Enjoy these fascinating stories along with drinks and light appetizers, included with admission.

The happy hour begins with drinks in front of Michael’s on Main Street, then travels down to Lady Street before crossing over Assembly Street to end at The Big Apple on Hampton Street for more drinks and light appetizers.

This is one of the first of many public events that are part of the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative. The long-term project—in partnership with Columbia’s Jewish Community Center and Jewish Federation, the College of Charleston’s Jewish Heritage Collection, Richland County Public Library, and Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina—aims to record oral histories, and to collect photographs, historic documents, and Jewish memorabilia, while promoting awareness of the longevity and tenacity of Jewish life in the capital city. The initiative is made possible by the ongoing support of the Central Carolina Community Foundation and the Humanities Council of South Carolina, and the City of Columbia.

Historic Columbia’s Happy Hour program takes place every 3rd Friday of the month. Please check our event calendar for each month’s location and to reserve your spot. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. $15 for HC members. $20 for non-members.

For more information on this and other CJHI related events, visit

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 or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.


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