For the first half of its two-hundred-year history, Columbia Seminary was located in its namesake city, Columbia South Carolina. We are celebrating our deep South Carolina roots on Sunday afternoon, October 20, 2019 on the grounds of its one-time home, the Roberts Mills House. “To Count our Days: To Celebrate Our Stories” will feature a stimulating lecture from Columbia Seminary professor emeritus, Dr. Erskine Clarke, titled: “Presbyterian Gentlemen, Enslaved African Americans, and an Antebellum Southern Mansion,” followed by a worship service featuring a mass choir and talented local musicians. There will then be a dinner on the grounds featuring recipes from regional Presbyterian church cookbooks. Tours of the Robert Mills house and Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home and museum will also be available.
This event is a great way for Presbyterians to connect more deeply with our rich history so we can leave hopeful for a bright future! The event is free, but dinner is $20 for adults, and free for children 12 and under. Your RSVP is requested by October 10. You can purchase your meal tickets in the link below.
Two additional invitations:
We hope to see you there!
3pm Dr. Erskine Clarke lecture, “Presbyterian Gentlemen, Enslaved African Americans, and an Antebellum Southern Mansion”
4pm Worship service featuring inspiration from seminary leaders through the generations and also featuring local mass choir
5pm Buffet Dinner featuring regional Presbyterian church recipes
Tours of the Robert Mills House and Woodrow Wilson’s childhood home will be available from 1:30-2:45 pm and from 5:30-6:30pm
All events except tours will take place under a tent on the front lawn of the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201
Additional information about Dr. Erskine Clarke
Copies of Erskine Clarke’s new book, To Count Our Days: A History of Columbia Theological Seminary will be available for purchase following worship. Clarke’s other books include By The Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth Century Atlantic Odyssey and Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic, which is the “official catalysis” for a new opera commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Hotel Trundle – Boutique – .5 miles – $149.00/night
Stylish rooms in an informal boutique hotel with an annex offering free evening drinks & breakfast
1224 Taylor Street
803-722-5000 – Marcus
Sheraton Columbia Downtown – .8 miles – $129.00/night
Upscale hotel featuring a restaurant & a rooftop lounge, plus a lively bar in a former bank vault.
1400 Main Street
803-988-1400 – Tiffany
Hampton Inn Suites – 5.8 miles – $99.00/night
Modern hotel with free Wi-Fi & parking, plus breakfast & a courtyard with a grill & a fire pit.
201 E. Exchange Blvd.
803-217-3999 – Shelby
RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY SEPTEMBER 20 FOR THESE RATES TO BE VALID