The Lanny and Sidney Palmer Endowment Fund at the South Caroliniana Library
Lanny S. Palmer and Sidney J. Palmer were honored in 2014 by the establishment of this fund. Mary Benson Keenan was instrumental in coordinating this family effort. The fund will provide support for the Lanny and Sidney Palmer Cultural Arts Collection and related collections at the South Caroliniana Library. Funds may be expended to process the collections, preserve items, and provide programming that will support increased use of and access to these significant collections.
Lanny and Sidney Palmer
Lanny and Sidney Palmer were well-known participants in the cultural life of South Carolina for over fifty years.
Lanny Palmer, noted soprano and former Professor of Music at Columbia College, had a great impact on the musical life of the Columbia area. She began her music studies at Columbia College and continued training at Indiana University and in Europe. She appeared in numerous leading operatic roles at Columbia College as well as the Columbia Lyric Opera until her retirement in 2003. Mrs. Palmer died on June 25, 2017.
Sidney Palmer was one of Columbia’s most enduring creative talents. He had a tremendous impact throughout the country, beginning with his tours as a concert pianist at age 7 to becoming a prize-winning composer and conductor. He provided groundbreaking work in the early days of television, including local and national programming. He was recognized for his many accomplishments and contributions with multiple awards. Mr. Palmer died in August, 2016.
Lanny and Sidney Palmer Cultural Arts Collection at the South Caroliniana Library
The Palmer Collection is a massive collection of audio and video recordings, musical scores, still photographs, playbills, and various ephemera associated with the lives and careers of Lanny and Sidney Palmer.
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