Published on October 14th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Historic Columbia, Columbia Housing Authority Celebrate Sharing Our Stories Book Release

Written by senior citizen residents of the Oak Read High Rise

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Historic Columbia and the Columbia Housing Authority are celebrating Sharing Our Stories, a new collection of personal histories, with a red carpet event for the authors on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. at the historic Seibels House, 1601 Richland St.

Written by senior citizen residents of the Oak Read High Rise, Sharing Our Stories includes stories about growing up in Columbia, the people and places important to the residents and their family genealogies.

As part of the Mann-Simons Community Engagement Project (MSCEP), HC has partnered with CHA to offer a hands-on investigation of local history for Oak Read residents. The program began with a series of lectures, tours and activities focused on exploring Columbia’s African American history and culminated with workshops to help residents develop their own histories for Sharing Our Stories.

MSCEP focuses on engaging communities with local history through the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Sharing Our Stories is the second volume of personal histories produced by MSCEP; in 2013, residents of the Marion Street High Rise wrote and released Sharing Our History.

For more information on this project and Sharing Our Stories, please contact HC Engagement Coordinator Celia Galens at or by phone at 803.252.1770 ext. 26.

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram or YouTube for more details.




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