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COASTAL HERITAGE SOCIETY RECEIVES $15,000 GRANT FROM AMERICANA CORNER TO CONSERVE REVOLUTIONARY WAR CANNONS

SAVANNAH, GA – April 29, 2024 – Coastal Heritage Society (CHS) received $15,000 from Americana Corner’s Preserving America Grant program to support the conservation and display of one of the nineteen cannons recovered from the Savannah River in 2021. This discovery was made near the CHS historic site, Old Fort Jackson, during the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. The cannons and dozens of related artifacts are believed to be relics of the 1779 Siege of Savannah during the American Revolution. This important discovery helps the nonprofit organization tell the larger history of Savannah’s important role in America’s fight for freedom. Once these treasures are conserved, they will be displayed in a new core exhibition at Savannah History Museum called “Loyalists & Liberty: Savannah in the American Revolution.” In addition to Savannah History Museum and Old Fort Jackson, CHS operates Savannah Children’s Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Harper Fowlkes House, and Pin Point Heritage Museum.  

Americana Corner was founded in 2020 to share informative stories of momentous events, significant documents, and influential leaders that helped create and shape the USA. The organization’s passion to tell the Great American Story extends to conserving its cultural and historical treasures through the Preserving America Grant Program, which supports diverse projects across the nation that contribute to sharing the rich tapestry of early American history. 

“We are grateful for Americana Corner’s generous support of our ‘Loyalists & Liberty’ project,” said Catherine Duffy, Chief Curator of Coastal Heritage Society. “Their support to conserve the cannon helps us save this collection of rare treasures. Keeping them together as a complete collection is critical to interpreting our understanding of how Georgia shaped the outcome of the Revolutionary War.” 

For more information about CHS, please visit www.chsgeorgia.org 

About Coastal Heritage Society 

The mission of Coastal Heritage Society is to provide educational experiences to the public through the preservation and presentation of the historic cultural resources in coastal Georgia and adjacent regions. Coastal Heritage Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation founded in 1975 that operates six museums, including Savannah Children’s Museum, Savannah History Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Old Fort Jackson, Pin Point Heritage Museum, and Harper Fowlkes House.

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