Published on October 26th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Historic Columbia: New Board of Trustees Members

Pictured: Historic Columbia Executive Director Robin Waites accepts a donation from Cathy Kennedy and David Laird of the Central Carolina Community Foundation in support of the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative at HC’s 55th Annual Meeting.

COLUMBIA, S.C. —Historic Columbia’s 55th Annual Meeting was held recently. New Board of Trustees members were elected and incoming chair David Campbell reported on a banner year for the organization.

Newly elected 2015-2016 Board of Trustees members:

  • Katherine Hopkins
  • Kim Jamieson
  • Mark Jones
  • Jamie Keller
  • Alison Summey

Lauren Dillon, newly-elected chair of the Palladium Society, joins the Board as an ex-officio member.

At the meeting, Cathy Kennedy and David Laird of the Central Carolina Community Foundation presented a check for $20,000 in support of the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative, HC’s latest long-term community project. Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative was launched in partnership with Columbia’s Jewish Community Center and Jewish Federation, the College of Charleston’s Jewish Heritage Collection, Richland County Public Library, and JHSSC. The project 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.

HC has recently added three new employees. Please welcome:

  • Keith Mearns,  Horticulturist
  • Grace Ann Robert, Executive Assistant
  • Brian Harmon, Marketing Coordinator

For more information, 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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