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Published on January 22nd, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


February Events at Historic Columbia Spotlight on Mann-Simons Site

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Historic Columbia presents a variety of programs in February focusing on local African American history and the reinterpretation of the Mann-Simons Site. The month of events—ranging in topic from archaeology to genealogy to explorations of a once lost community—culminate in an evening happy hour for adults on Friday, Feb. 19, and an afternoon for families on Sunday, Feb. 21.


Columbia Archaeology Program presents Tuesdays with CAP

Tuesday, Feb. 2 | 6-7:30pm | Mann-Simons

Join CAP on the first Tuesday of each month as guest speakers present lectures, workshops, and roundtable discussions on the history and anthropology of Columbia and beyond. This month’s talk, “Why Things Matter: How Everyday Objects Shape Our Lives,” is led by CAP Program Director Dr. Jakob Crockett. Free.

Reflections of the Original Frogtown Community:

Our Community Legacy Across the Miles

Thursday, Feb. 4 | 6-7:30pm | Seibels House

Join local historian and author Sonya Hodges-Grantham for a program that explores the importance of preserving community history through a case study of a once forgotten Columbia neighborhood. Co-sponsored by Columbia SC 63. Free.

History from the Motherland to Mann-Simons:

Methods of African American Genealogical Research

Friday, Feb. 5 | 8:30am-4pm | Mann-Simons

Interested in exploring your family history? Curious about accessing information beyond the traditional genealogical methods? Join local and regional experts for a daylong workshop that addresses various techniques and resources for discovering your past. For a detailed outline of sessions and speakers, please visit Space is limited to 40 participants and will be honored on a first come basis. Co-sponsored by Columbia SC 63. Free.

Homeschool Friday: The Harlem Renaissance and South Carolina

Friday, Feb. 5 | 10:30-11:30am | The Gift Shop at Robert Mills

Celebrate Black History Month with Historic Columbia through the music, art, and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. Dance to Dizzy Gillispie or create a painting like William H. Johnson to learn about the Harlem Renaissance artists who once called South Carolina home. For elementary and middle school age students. Reservations are recommended. Sponsored by local McDonald’s owner/operators of Columbia. $5 members | $6 non-members | $8 day of | free for accompanying adults.

Historic Happy Hour at Mann-Simons

Friday, Feb. 19 | 5:30-7pm | Mann-Simons

Kick off your weekend with a sneak peek at the new exhibits being developed at Mann-Simons. Enjoy libations and light refreshments as archaeologists share stories of discoveries made at the property during recent excavations that have revealed the exciting narrative of this well-known African American family’s time in Columbia. Hands on activities, give participants the opportunity to dig deeper into the work archaeologists perform to unearth the past. Reservations are recommended. $15 members | $20 non-members |Must be 21 or over.

An Afternoon at the Mann-Simons Site

Sunday, Feb. 21 | 1-4pm | Mann-Simons

Join Historic Columbia and the Columbia Archaeology Project at the Mann-Simons Site for a free day at the museum. Visitors and families are invited to explore the site that was home to generations of the same African American family since the 1840s and view archaeological artifacts not previously seen by the public. Enjoy hands-on activities and express your thoughts on how to best share the family’s story with generations to come. Sponsored by local McDonald’s owner/operators of Columbia. Free.


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

Home Places, Work Places, Resting Places: African American Heritage Sites Tour

Since its creation in 1786, Columbia has featured a large African American population whose labor, skills, and vision have been integral in the city’s physical, spiritual, and social evolution. This tour features locations that illustrate important events and little-known facts about Columbia’s African American community.

Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction in Columbia and Richland County

Delve into the Reconstruction Era! This museum offers a unique environment to consider a pivotal time in our nation’s history and how this national leader’s experiences and opinions shaped his later actions.

About Historic Columbia Foundation:

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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