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March 2, 1961 at the State House

New discoveries from the Local History collections illuminate a March 2, 1961 civil rights protest in Columbia that led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Columbia

The city of Columbia has felt the impact of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in countless ways. We are lucky to have some photographs of the great man in our local newspaper archive.

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Awkward Christmas Photos

From quirky to cute, Christmas photographs in the Local History Digital Collections can help put you in the holiday spirit. Here is a selection of some of the more unusual sights of Christmases past.

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Faces at the Carillon Parade

Columbia has hosted the Carillon Parade annually since 1953, both to usher in the holiday season and to showcase the area’s bands and talent. The library’s Local History Digital Collections allows us to see the evolution of the parade and to catch a glimpse of the smiling faces it inspired.

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Ghosts of Photographers Past

Working with photograph archives I often feel the “presence” of the photographers who created the collection. It is as if they are watching to make sure I get it right.

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Columbia during the Cold War

Historic images in the Local History collection illuminate Columbia during the Cold War era as marked by a mixture of fear that we might experience a nuclear disaster and optimism that we could survive one.

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A Look Back at the Assembly Street Post Office

Columbia City Council will purchase the U.S. Post Office building on Assembly Street. Let's take a look back at the history of this building with images from the Local History Digital Collections. 📷