Upcoming Events

We invite you to learn more and connect with us at one or more of our many events held by WREN and Historic Columbia.


History Center Annual Lecture in Political History - Elaine Weiss on The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

September 26 | 6-8:30 pm | Richland Library Main, Auditorium, 1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic and the New York Times. According to The New Yorker, Weiss' The Woman’s Hour "grippingly recounts the twists and reversals that took place in the weeks leading up to the suffrage victory, but it is even more thrilling in its presentation of ideas—both those of the suffragists and those of the people who opposed them." Book sale and signing to follow lecture. Cosponsored by Richland Library and Historic Columbia.

Free and open to the public. 


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

September 27 | 12-2 pm | Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens, Historic Columbia, 1615 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201

Join us for a roundtable discussion on the contemporary relevance of the women's suffrage movement and women and politics today with journalist Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote and historian Marjorie Spruill, author of New Women of the New South: The Leaders of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the Southern States and Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics. Discussion moderated by Dr. Laura R. Woliver, President of the League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area and Professor Emerita of the Department of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies at University of South Carolina. Book sale and signing to follow lecture. Cosponsored by the USC History Center, Historic Columbia and the League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area.

These events are part of a year-long series commemorating the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment. Follow the History Center at USC on Facebook for updates and reminders about upcoming events. 

Free and open to the public.


Columbia City of Women Guided Walking and Bus Tour

October 13 | 2-3:30 pm | Meet on the north steps of the SC Statehouse

Join Historic Columbia for a guided tour of the places where our 2019 honorees made their greatest impact in Columbia. 

Space is limited and reservations required.

Register for the Tour


Columbia City of Women Guided Walking and Bus Tour

October 27 | 2-3:30 pm | Meet on the north steps of the SC Statehouse

Join Historic Columbia for a guided tour of the places where our 2019 honorees made their greatest impact in Columbia.

Space is limited and reservations required.

Register for the Tour