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Published on April 30th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Historic Columbia Recognizes Volunteer Contributions

Pictured above: HC Engagement Coordinator Celia Galens (left) presents CA Johnson High School senior Kendal Benjamin (right) with the Rising Star Award.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Historic Columbia recognized the service and contributions of its volunteers at a private luncheon recently at The Big Apple.

Cleve Walker of Quackenbush Architects received the Service Award in recognition of his years serving on the Palladium Society’s board of directors in many capacities.

“Chances are, if you’ve been to a Palladium Society event in the last ten years, you’ve seen Cleve. What you probably haven’t seen are his tireless efforts behind the scene – making sure each of our events comes off without a hitch,” said Megan Plott, president of The Palladium Society.

Kendal Benjamin received the Rising Star Award. Benjamin, a senior at CA Johnson High School who has volunteered as part of Historic Columbia’s Mann-Simons Community Engagement Project, spent the past year assisting other students with video projects documenting the history of their community and high school and facilitating student visits to HC properties.

“Kendal has been a natural leader, teaching his peers the basics of media, helping them create their documentaries and encouraging their interest in the project,” said Celia Galens, HC engagement coordinator and administrator for MSCEP.

Dr. Tom Brown, Dr. Allison Marsh and Dr. Ken Clements, all from the University of South Carolina, received the Innovative Leadership Award for their leadership and contributions to the reinterpretation of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.

“Since November of 2010, Tom, Allison and Ken put in hundreds of hours and generously contributed their expertise,” said Fielding Freed, HC’s director of historic house museums. “Our shared goal of opening an historic house museum like none other in South Carolina simply would not have been successful without these three people who worked so hard behind the scenes.”

Richland County Councilman Greg Pearce received the Special Contributions Award.

“Long before I joined Historic Columbia, Greg served as our liaison and advocated for support and resources. Given the opportunity at Woodrow Wilson Family Home, he put his advocacy into another gear,” said Robin Waites, executive director of Historic Columbia. “This is the person who really deserves the credit for the Woodrow Wilson Family Home as you experience it today.”

Pam Redfield received the Volunteer of the Year Award.

“Pam has initiative and enthusiasm to spare,” said Ann Posner, HC’s volunteer manager. “Whether its developing and giving tours, leading committees or helping with school groups, she’s always willing to lend a hand, and we are so grateful to have her as part of the Historic Columbia family.”

Janice Bowman, Bill Bowman, Pris Stickney and Anne Weir received 20-Year Service pins to recognize reaching their twentieth year of volunteering with Historic Columbia. Susie Bid Brown, John Clark, John Fiegel, Walt Hall, Lynn Kelley, Pam Redfield, Margie Richardson, Bernadette Scott and Pris Stickney received Service Awards for their work as the first Historic Columbia docents to give tours of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.

“While we take this opportunity to highlight a select few people at this event each year, each volunteer plays an important part in the success of this organization,” said Waites. “The strength of Historic Columbia is realized in the way that we work together to make this an organization one in which we can all be proud to play an integral role.”

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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