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'Remembering Columbia' lecture series launches Tuesday

“Remembering Columbia,” a new book release
“Remembering Columbia,” a new book release Provided photo

A new book about the history of Columbia offers a look at the capital city that many people have not seen before.

“Remembering Columbia” by Historic Columbia Foundation’s director of cultural resources John Sherrer, features 164 black and white images that span the 1820s through the late 1970s. Its pictures run the gamut from architectural photos to snapshots of beauty queens, prisoners and student protesters.

There’s an 1820 rendition of the USC Horseshoe – then South Carolina College – with male students sporting top hats and riding horses. Another photo is of a confectionary on Main Street in 1880, with the caption, “one of the store’s loyal customers was named Thomas Woodrow Wilson, a teenager who would become the 28th president of the United States.”

Then there’s the South Carolina College’s 1904 championship football team in their uniforms – basically sweaters with light padding on the shoulders.

“They’re portals into different eras,” Sherrer said of the images, many of which have not been published before.

The collection is a culmination of more than 15 years of research drawn from a host of public, private and institutional archives.

The book will be the subject of a four-part lecture series at the Historic Columbia Foundation, where Sherrer will lead participants through conversations and activities that explore the city’s past.

The lectures will be 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 1, 8, 22 and 29. Books will be available for purchase and author signings.

Sherrer is a Columbia native who has worked for Historic Columbia since 1996.

“I think in the back of any historian’s mind is the desire to contribute to the overall knowledge of a community,” he said. “Fifteen years ago did I have a book in mind? Not necessarily. But a book was one way we could reach out to the public and educate them about the past.”

Sherrer said that looking through the book, readers will be able to tell that Columbia was and is a city of character.

“I think people often compare Columbia to points northwest or southeast of us, but you don’t need to travel to find a compelling past and remarkable stories.”

Single Lecture: $10. Price for full series: $35 general public, $30 Historic Columbia members and students, $20 teacher members. All lectures take place at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. The book is $26.99. http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events

Philanthropy in photos

The pop-up version of “The Soul of Philanthropy,” a touring exhibition that presents stories of generosity among Americans of African descent, will be available for viewing through Tuesday at Frame of Mind in West Columbia. The original exhibition includes photos and narratives from the award-winning book, “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists,” by Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr. Both the exhibition and book explore the African-American philanthropy experience and giving traditions grounded in faith, mutuality, responsibility and social justice.

140 State St. Hours: Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tues. 11 a.m. www.artofeyewear.com

Children and adults can learn to play a string instrument at USC

The USC String Project is offering a nationally recognized program for children and adults who want to learn to play a string instrument. The program provides instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass. If you would like to learn more, you can attend an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 851 Park St. adjacent to the USC School of Music Building.

For more information, contact the USC String Project at (803) 777-9568 or uscsp@mozart.sc.edu. Or visit the USC String Project website at sc.edu/music/string-project.

Across the Water with Columbia Baroque: “The River Thames”

J. Daniel Jenkins, countertenor, joins the Columbia Baroque for music composed and performed in London, featuring solo and duet opera arias by Handel, Vivaldi and Monteverdi; “Sound the Trumpet” by Purcell; and instrumental chamber music performed by the ensemble.

7:30 p.m. Friday at the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 tickets in advance, $20 at the door. Students get in free with ID. Purchase tickets online at columbiabaroque.com

Improv jazz musician Frank Rosaly to perform at if ART Gallery

In a partnership with Columbia concert producer Ross Taylor, if ART Gallery will host a solo concert by improv jazz great Frank Rosaly.

8:30 p.m. Sunday, 1223 Lincoln Street, $5. http://ifartgallery.blogspot.com/