Jeffrey Richardson named acting Executive Director of Historic Columbia

June 11, 2024

Historic Columbia announced the appointment of Jeffrey Richardson as Acting Executive Director, effective Friday, June 28, 2024. Jeffrey brings a wealth of museum experience, passion for historic preservation, and a deep commitment to the mission of Historic Columbia to this interim role as the organization continues its search for a permanent Executive Director.

“We are thrilled to have Jeffrey take on this important role,” said Rodrick Shiver, President of the Board of Trustees. “His extensive experience and passion for our mission make him the perfect choice to lead Historic Columbia during this transitional period.”

With a strong background in operations and management, Jeffrey has been an integral part of Historic Columbia’s team since 2022. In his current position as Director of Operations, Jeffrey has been instrumental in overseeing the day-to-day functions of Historic Columbia, ensuring the preservation and promotion of the region’s rich history while being a good steward of public and private funding. He has overseen key projects and improvements that have significantly enhanced the organization’s efficiency and outreach.

“I am honored to step into the role of Acting Executive Director,” said Jeffrey Richardson. “Historic Columbia is a cornerstone of our community, and I am committed to continuing our efforts to preserve and share our connections to the past.”

Jeffrey’s appointment comes at a time of exciting growth and development for Historic Columbia. Under his leadership, the organization will continue to advance its mission through educational programs, historic preservation, and community engagement.

Historic Columbia is dedicated to preserving the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia, South Carolina. Through its stewardship of historic sites, innovative programming, and community outreach, Historic Columbia preserves places and shares complex stories from the past that connect us in the present and inspire our future.



In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as Historic Columbia. Over the next five decades, the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit or find us on FacebookInstagramX, or YouTube for more details.