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View of Main Street, Columbia, S.C. 1913. From Local History Digital Collections

Summer Learning Track: Local History

Have you always wanted to know more about your local community? Then challenge yourself this summer to learn more about the history of Columbia and Richland County!

You can join the Friend’s Summer Learning Challenge by using this sample Learning Track, or develop your own. The challenge begins on June 1st and goes through August 16th.

Get started with some books on local history. Below are some of my favorites:

  • Columbia & Richland County: a South Carolina Community, 1740 – 1990 by John Hammond Moore
  • Forest Acres by Warner Montgomery
  • A History of Richland County, 1732-1805 by Edwin L. Green
  • Lost Columbia: Bygone Images from South Carolina’s Capital by Alexia Helsley
  • South Carolina’s Historic Columbia Yesterday and Today in photographs by Russell Maxey
  • Tales of Columbia by Nell S. Graydon
  • Shandon Memories: a Pictorial History of the Shandon Neighborhood in Columbia, S.C.
  • Follow up with some personal histories by local authors. Most can be checked out but some of our rare titles are available in the Local History reading room. Who knows, you may be inspired to write your own!

  • From My Point of View: Columbia 1907-1945 by Edwin H. Cooper
  • Random Recollections of a Long Life, 1806-1896 by Edwin J. Scott
  • Lintheads by Alvin W. Byars
  • Journey Proud by Salley McInerney
  • A Plantation Mistress on the Eve of the Civil War: the Diary of Keziah Goodwyn Hopkins Brevard, 1860-1861 by Keziah Goodwyn Hopkins Brevard
  • A True Likeness: the Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts, 1920-1936 by Richard Samuel Roberts
  • Vignettes of Early Columbia and Surroundings by Alva Lumpkin
  • Woods and Waters and Some Asides by Harry Hampton
  • Take a break from reading to attend these events on local history topics this summer:

    Richland County History: A Visual Journey - July 10, 6:00 p.m. Bostick Auditorium, Richland Library Main

    In 1799 Richland County was established with a population of about 3,900. Today Richland County attracts a diverse population of more than 399,000. Celebrate the 215th anniversary of Richland County's formation with a digital tour of the county’s history.

    Three Interesting Women: A Case Study - July 24, 6:00 p.m. Richland Library Southeast

    Join Walker Family and Local History Room Manager Debbie Bloom as she discusses three fascinating local women and the resources she used to find them.

    Gills Creek: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - July 31, 5:30 p.m. Bostick Auditorium, Richland Library Main

    The Gills Creek Watershed Association will introduce new and interesting topics about the Gills Creek watershed. Guest speaker Warner Montgomery will share stories, photos, and both personal and told experiences about the watershed and surrounding neighborhoods.

    Gamecocks and Lintheads - August 9, 2:00 p.m., Walker Local History Center, Richland Library Main

    Meet Richard Whaley and his brother W.B. Smith in this pre-season local history line-up. One brother built the Olympia mill and the other was the first football coach for the University of South Carolina. Author Joby Castine will present and perform excerpts from his book Gamecocks & Lintheads.

    By the end of this summer you will be a local history expert. Happy Learning!


    Forest Acres by Warner M. Montgomery Ph.D.
    Amazon Says: Revolutionary War heroes Thomas Taylor and Wade Hampton I bought 18,500 acres along the Old Camden Road east of the proposed South Carolina capital city of Columbia in 1785. T more...
    Amazon Says: Revolutionary War heroes Thomas Taylor and Wade Hampton I bought 18,500 acres along the Old Camden Road east of the proposed South Carolina capital city of Columbia in 1785. Taylor's family settled what became known as Quinine Hill and Edge Hill. The Dent family moved into the Gills Creek area and established Bethel Methodist Church. In the early 20th century, John Hughes Cooper turned Forest Lake into an upscale residential-recreational development. South Carolina senator James H. Hammond, who had purchased most of Quinine Hill, and Cooper led the creation of the City of Forest Acres in 1935. Cooper was elected the first mayor. Hammond was elected one of the first councilmen. From a community of just 300 people, Forest Acres has grown with churches, schools, parks, and vibrant shopping areas serving over 10,000 residents. Though surrounded by Columbia, Forest Acres is indeed a city apart. less...
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    Amazon Says: Book by Roberts, Richard Samuel, Johnson, Thomas L., Dunn, Phillip C. less...
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