Tabitha Safdi

Woodrow Wilson Family Home | Let’s Go!

By Tabitha Safdi

Woodrow Wilson HomeThe Woodrow Wilson Family Home is South Carolina's only remaining presidential site. The home is now a museum featuring the history of Reconstruction. The home was built in 1871 when, at the age of 14, “Tommy” Woodrow Wilson and his family moved to Columbia. According to Historic Columbia , “Woodrow Wilson's parents built this house, the only one they would ever own. Although the home has changed hands many times since the teenaged future president lived here, it stands as a reminder of how our city struggled to rebuild itself in the post-war era.” “For Woodrow Wilson, when he becomes...

Mann-Simons Site | Let’s Go

By Tabitha Safdi

Mann-Simons SiteOn 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. According to Historic Columbia , “midwife Celia Mann and boatman Ben Delane made this site their home by the early 1840s. Members of Columbia's small population of free people of color, the couple...

America’s Volunteer Recognized for Excellence in Civic Leadership

By Tabitha Safdi

Charlotte BerryCharlotte Berry of Columbia is the recipient of the 2018 David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership. The award is presented by The Riley Institute at Furman University. “Each person in his or her own right has an opportunity to make a difference. Making a difference in this world is what it’s all about,” says Berry. As the National Chair of Volunteers for the American Red Cross, a founding member of Women in Philanthropy, and through service on numerous boards of community organizations, Berry has championed the displaced, disenfranchised, and disaffected. Berry believes...

Longtime South Carolina Senator Recipient of Legislative Leadership Award

By Tabitha Safdi

Senator John MatthewsSen. John W. Matthews, Jr. (D-Orangeburg) is the recipient of the 2018 David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership. The award is presented by The Riley Institute at Furman University. “I’m always better off if my neighbor is better off. I’m better off living in communities that are better off. So as a political philosophy we have to create communities that are better off,” says Matthews. The longest serving African American S.C. state legislator, Senator Matthews is known for his willingness to work with others across the aisle to support progress in education, healthcare...

Hanukkah: Lighting the Darkness

By Tabitha Safdi

Menorah lights for HanukkahRabbi Hesh Epstein of the Chabad of South Carolina explains Hanukkah and why this festival of lights is so important to the Jewish faith. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that lasts for eight nights and days. It starts on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar. It celebrates the victory of a small group of Maccabees, Jewish warriors, who banded together to overcome the far more numerous Syrian Greeks who had made it illegal for the Jewish people to practice their faith. The Maccabees recaptured their homeland and rededicated their temple. The Festival of Lights commemorates the...

ORIGINAL SC | Recording Artist Kevin “Big Redd” Felder

By Tabitha Safdi

Kevin Felder“Whatever you want to happen in your life, help make it happen for somebody else…and it will happen for you.” Columbia native, Kevin Felder, started writing songs as a middle-schooler. Today, his music can be heard internationally. Through the ministry of Christian rap, Big Redd imparts positive lyrics for his audience. Felder also serves as station manager for Millennial FM . Video edited by Charles Dymock.

A Look Back at NatureScene

By Tabitha Safdi

NatureScene 60Debuting in 1978, "NatureScene," introduced millions of viewers to a natural world of wonder that the average person might easily overlook. Naturalist Rudy Mancke is paired first with series co-creator Beryl Dakers and later with Jim Welch. Today, Mancke hosts NatureNotes on both SCETV and SC Public Radio. #TBT #ETVturns60 #60more Learn more about South Carolina ETV's history here .

How did Cross Anchor Get Its Name?

By Tabitha Safdi

Cross AnchorAccording the Betty Jo Lawson, a local historian in the Cross Keys community, the story of how Cross Anchor got its name is somewhat a legend passed down through the family. The story goes that two British sailors, who were brothers, docked in Charleston Harbor. They decided to travel inland. They found a place in the Piedmont region of South Carolina that one of the brothers liked. He held the keys to the ship, so he decided on the name Cross Keys. The brother, who was the captain of the ship, went about 5 miles and decided to name that area Cross Anchor. This story is brought to you by The...

Columbia Braces for Heavy Rain

By Tabitha Safdi

Hurricane Florence- ColumbiaAs Hurricane Florence hits the coast, it's leaving everyone in the Midlands waiting and watching. The storm is expected to produce high amounts of rainfall in Columbia and surrounding communities. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says they learned some valuable lessons with the 2015 floods and those lessons are playing into preparedness as Florence slowly approaches. "Looking at the top flooding locations around the Midlands, we are staging barricades. We are diligently working to clean out storm drains and, obviously encouraging citizens to do their part. If you are sheltering in place, we've...

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