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Walker Local and Family History Center

The Walker Local and Family History Center is located on the third level of the Richland Library’s Main Library. Anne, Debbie, Lauren and Margaret are available to guide your research during... More 
Includes Obituary Index, Local Magazine and Newspaper Index and Quick Facts. The Obituary Index contains obituary and death notice information from Columbia, SC newspapers. The Local Magazine and Newspaper Index indexes articles... More 
Margaret D. -

Lorick Art Collection Coming to Library

The Columbia Museum of Art and Richland Library are partnering to give the public more access to the Lorick Library collection. Now the cultural anchor of Main Street, the Columbia Museum... More 
Margaret D. -
Discover and preserve your family's history at Family History Day: Rooted in History. On March 22, 2014, Richland Library Main will host this event in partnership with Clemson University Libraries and the Knight Foundation. The event is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Join us for the whole day or part of the day, the... More 
Debbie B. -

SC NAACP 15,000 members strong - 1944

During the summer of 1944 the South Carolina chapter of the NAACP met to reelect state president James Hinton. The two day convention in Sumter focused on the equalization of Negro teacher... More 
Debbie B. -

House genealogy

In 1920 an Aladdin mill opened in Wilmington, NC and Aladdin kit houses became a popular house construction alternative in early Columbia neighborhoods. If you own an Aladdin kit house search the... More 
Debbie B. -

Skating on Fisher's Mill Pond - 1852

Although 19th century reporters did not know the term "polar vortex" they have written about some very cold Columbia weather. We found an early published account on Janury 26, 1852 in the ... More 
Ron S. -

Today in History with a Twist: October 22, 2013

Nukes in Cuba!  1962 - President John F. Kennedy, after internal counsel from General and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, announced that American reconnaissance planes have discovered... More 
Debbie B. -
Richland Library recently contracted with information provider, Newsbank, to digitize The State newspaper from 1923 to 1986 for Richland Library customers. This project filled in the gap from 1923 – 1986 for searchable online coverage of The State newspaper. The digitization has been completed through 1980. With the... More 
Christy S. -

Swamp Fever

No one in my family understands it. I detest bugs. I fear snakes. And Spanish moss gives me the willies. But I love swamps. Love them. Maybe it’s the mysteriously murky water, the... More 

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