Tabitha Safdi

Splashdown: The Story of USS Yorktown and Apollo 8

By Tabitha Safdi

Apollo 8 saw the first Earthrise

Apollo 8 was launched on December 21, 1968. Apollo 8 was the first human mission, in which the spacecraft left the Earth’s orbit. It was the first manned mission to orbit the moon. 

There were three astronauts aboard Apollo 8: Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders. They were the first humans to see Earth as a whole planet, first to see Earthrise, and the first to see the far side of the moon. 


By Tabitha Safdi

Dance Ayden

“I dance because I want to make people happy,” says seven-year-old Ayden.

Ayden loves to dance. For the last few months, he’s danced his way into hearts at Soda City Market in Columbia, South Carolina. With busker license, Ayden treks to the market with one goal…to fill people’s hearts with happiness through dance. 

“Every Saturday he gets up, on his own, and says he wants to go to Soda City. It’s never a Saturday where it’s not his choice to go,” says Tonya Cobb, Ayden’s mom. 

Art Reinvents Tiny South Carolina Town

By Tabitha Safdi


Once a booming bean-farming community whose fields eventually went bare, Lake City has a new story to tell. In 2013, ArtFields started with a simple goal in mind…to honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town.

Let’s Go! | S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

By Tabitha Safdi

S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

Founded in 1896, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museumis the third oldest museum in the state. The museum focuses on South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the present.

“History is about people,” says Joe Long, Curator of Education with the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. “Military history is about understanding people under stress.”

Let’s Go! | H. L. Hunley

By Tabitha Safdi

H. L. Hunley

The Civil War-era was one of industrious innovation and sweeping economic and cultural change.

On February 17th, 1864, the H. L. Hunley became the first successful combat submarine in world history with the sinking of the USS Housatonic. After completing her mission, she mysteriously vanished and remained lost at sea for over a century. For decades, adventurers searched for the legendary submarine.

Let’s Go | Mann-Simons Site

By Tabitha Safdi

Mann-Simons Site


On the corner of Marion and Richland streets in downtown Columbia stands the Mann-Simons site. The Mann-Simons Site was a collection of commercial and domestic spaces owned and operated by the same African American family from at least 1843 until 1970. Only one house stands today, however many ghost structures represent the former buildings that made the site a unique treasure to downtown Columbia.