About the Society

Zion Hill Cemetery Juneteenth Dinner (1)Chef Oliver SayeHomage

Experience a fine dinner and lectures on slave cuisine and lifestyle while learning of the infamous Abolitionist group from Columbia’s Tow Hill that are currently buried at Zion Hill Cemetery.

In partnership with Columbia Borough, the Columbia Historic Preservation Society has acquired the stewardship of the historic landmark, Zion Hill Cemetery, to preserve and honor those forgotten people who played such a significant role in shaping the history of Columbia. We are currently turning this site into a memorial park so future generations may visit to learn of the contributions made by these brave souls resting here. Our ongoing research into this forgotten history will recognize the many roles played by the residents of Columbia’s “Tow Hill” neighborhood. The Columbia Historic Preservation Society is promoting this history with an emphasis on continuing research into the origins of Columbia’s importance and role in being the birthplace of the “Underground Railroad.” Tickets are now on sale and very limited seating available. Tickets price is $50.00 per person which include the fine West African cuisine from Chef Oliver along with historic lectures and lessons.

Date: Friday, June 17, 2022

Location: Columbia Crossing building located at 41 Walnut Street Columbia, PA 17512 Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Stephen Smith Sketch Racial UpliftThaddeus Stevens

Located in the original English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Columbia Historic Preservation Society is dedicated to the preservation of the river town, formerly known as Wright’s Ferry and Shawana Town.  Once considered as a possible site for locating our nation’s capitol, Columbia was once the gateway to the American West.

In addition to offering published articles and books on the town’s history, the museum houses a model train display, artifacts, a research room, microfilm archive, and publications pertaining to the history of this Susquehanna river town.

19-21 North Second Street
Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512

Closed for the season. Will open up the 3rd week of April 2022

Hours of Operation: Saturday & Sunday  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

General inquiries can be directed to Christopher Vera.
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Contact information:

Christopher Vera
President
717.684.2894: Office
717.572.7149 : Cell                                                                                                                       Columbiahistory717@gmail.com

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We have volunteer opportunities available and invite the public to assist in keeping CHiPS active and open to the public!

Monthly meetings are scheduled for every first Sunday of the month at 1:00 PM.

We also have a Membership Meeting to elect new officers once a year the second Sunday in April.

Columbia Historic Preservation Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.