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COASTAL HERITAGE SOCIETY RECEIVES NATIONAL SOCIETY DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION GRANT

SAVANNAH, GA – May 21, 2024 – The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has awarded Coastal Heritage Society (CHS) the 2024 Historic Preservation Grant for their comprehensive conservation project titled “Loyalists & Liberty: Savannah in the American Revolution.” The grant supports the complete conservation of several smaller artifacts that were recovered from the Savannah River during routine dredging. The artifacts include various 18th-century munitions and two anchor fragments, dating back to the American Revolution.  

“The Lachlan McIntosh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was honored to assist in funding this important project through a National DAR grant. We feel it is important to preserve Savannah’s past as we look towards our future,” said Betty Dixon, Regent of the Lachlan McIntosh Chapter, NSDAR. “DAR members are passionate about performing service to our community, preserving history, and educating. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Coastal Heritage Society.” 

One of the most pivotal battles of the Revolutionary War occurred at Savannah, which took place on the west end of the city, where Savannah History Museum and Battlefield Memorial Park stand today. There were 800 casualties in 50 minutes, one of the bloodiest hours of the Revolutionary War. In 2021, during the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, evidence of this event was discovered when 19 cannons and dozens of artifacts were recovered in the Savannah River. This is likely the most extensive collection of 18th-century artillery from a single Revolutionary War naval event to ascend from the water. Artifacts from this discovery, including all 19 cannons, will be conserved and displayed in Savannah History Museum for the 250th commemoration of American independence and beyond.  

In addition to Savannah History Museum, CHS operates Old Fort Jackson, Savannah Children’s Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Harper Fowlkes House, and Pin Point Heritage Museum. 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. 

About the Lachlan McIntosh Chapter, NSDAR 

The Lachlan McIntosh Chapter, NSDAR, was organized on May 2, 1901. The chapter was named in honor of General Lachlan McIntosh, one of Georgia’s two generals appointed by the Continental Congress in the American Revolutionary War and a distinguished Savannah, Georgia citizen. Lachlan McIntosh, NSDAR, supports several projects throughout Savannah the Lowcountry, including activities and events centered around preservation, education, and history.  

About the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution  

The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 with the mission of promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Today, the DAR is an organization with a deeply rich history while also being truly relevant in today’s world. More than 1,00,000 women have joined the organization since it was founded to honor their heritage as well as make a difference in their communities across the country and the world. Their Historic Preservation Grants provide $250,000 in grants annually to 501(c)(3) public charities to support historic preservation efforts in local communities for projects that preserve historic objects and sites. 

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