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History Center

The History Center was created to nurture scholarship, promote scholarly communication, engage local communities, further development goals of the college and university, and raise the department visibility and enhance its reputation in the historical profession. 



Upcoming Events


History Center
Fall 2019 Events
Free and Open to the Public



Thursday, September 26, 2019

History Center Annual Lecture in Political History

Elaine Weiss on The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium, Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29201

Book sale and signing to follow lecture. Cosponsored by Richland Library and Historic Columbia.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Women and the Right to Vote: A Conversation with Marjorie Spruill and Elaine Weiss

Time: Noon-2:00 p.m.

Location: Hampton-Preston House, Historic Columbia, 1615 Blanding Street, Columbia

Moderated by Dr. Laura R. Woliver. Book sale and signing to follow lecture. Cosponsored by the History Center, Historic Columbia, and the League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area. These events are part of a yearlong series commemorating the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment.



Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Story Behind the Story: 

What the Sesquicentennial State Park Project Reveals About Public History

Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.

Location: Gambrell Hall 217


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Graduate Work in Progress: Don Polite

“Arturo Schomburg: Caribbean Unrest as the Foundation of Racial Uplift Politics”

Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Gambrell Hall 217



Monday, November 4, 2019

Visiting Scholar: Tim Lockley (University of Warwick)

“The British Army and the [Poly]genesis of 19th Century American Race Theory”

Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: Gambrell 217


Monday, November 11, 2019

History Center Faculty Spotlight: Tom Brown

“The Art of the American War Memorial”

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Columbia Museum of Art Auditorium, 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

Lecture cosponsored by Historic Columbia and venue partner Columbia Museum of Art.


Thursday, November 21, 2019 (Postponed until Spring 2020) 

Graduate Work in Progress: Andrew Walgren

“‘Crazed for Music’: Wartime Federal Music Programs and the Development of a National Musical Audience, 1917-1919”

Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Gambrell Hall 217


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