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City Celebrates National Preservation Month in May
Posted: May 01, 2017

National Historic Preservation Month was started in the 1970s by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a way to promote historic places and it has been going strong ever since!  Throughout this month, events and activities are scheduled across the country to celebrate the history and architecture of communities big and small. In the spirit of Preservation Month we encourage you to get out and enjoy the history that Columbia has to offer! Here are a few (free) ways to celebrate National

Historic Preservation Month in the City of Columbia:

Join the City of Columbia for a Historic Wood Siding Repair and Painting workshop. Want to learn how to repair old wood siding, remove paint, and install and paint siding? Then join the City of Columbia’s Planning and Parks and Recreation staff from 9am to 12pm on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Little Red Schoolhouse (312 Laurel Street) at Riverfront Park South. Entrance is at Laurel and Huger Streets. Please wear closed toe shoes.  The workshop is free to the public but reservations are required to attend. Please send questions and RSVPs to [email protected]

Go on canal history tours with Parks and Recreation. If Columbia’s waterways beckon to you, then join Parks and Recreation staff for two history tours this month related to the historic Columbia Canal. Join them on Sunday, May 21 (1-2:30pm) for One City, Two Canals, Three Rivers to learn about the history of Columbia’s waterways, the 2015 flood, and the future of the Three Rivers Greenway. Or learn about the history and impact of the canal over the past 200 years on Saturday, May 27 (1-2pm) for the Canal History Tour.  Both tours meet at the Riverfront Park South beside the Red Schoolhouse (312 Laurel Street) and are free to the public.

Check out the Civil Rights panels on Main Street. In 2014, Columbia SC 63 and its local partners installed nine historic markers in the City of Columbia to highlight the local people, events, and places integral to the Civil Rights movement here. Seven of these panels are located along the west side of Main Street from Gervais to Laurel Street. This Preservation Month, take a stroll down Main Street to learn about Columbia’s connection to the Civil Rights movement.
Learn about the City’s Landmarks. The City of Columbia has over 160 buildings or sites that have been designated as Individual Landmarks based on their architecture or their association with people or events significant to the history of Columbia and the state of South Carolina. The City offers a web tour of its Landmark Buildings that also highlights specific Landmarks related to African American history and Modern Architecture. Click on the images to learn about the history of these important local buildings.

Consider participating in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s This Place Matters campaign. Is there a place or building in Columbia that you love? This Place Matters uses social media to highlight special places in local communities. From the National Trust website: “This Place Matters is a national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. Since 2015, participants have shared more than 10,000 photographs of themselves and their favorite places on social media using the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters.” For more information go to their website.
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