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SAVANNAH, GA – November 4, 2022 – Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) will host Dr. Christopher Hendricks, local Savannah historian and co-author of “Old Southern Cookery: Mary Randolph’s Recipes from America’s First Regional Cookbook Adapted for Today’s Kitchen”, as the next presenter in their “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series. His presentation is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 17 at the Murray C. Perlman & Wayne C. Spear Preservation Center located at 323 East Broughton Street.

Dr. Christopher Hendricks and his mother, Sue Hendricks, put a new spin on time-tested recipes from Mary Randolph’s famed 1824 bestselling cookbook, “The Virginia House-Wife” for their book, “Old Southern Cookery: Mary Randolph’s Recipes from America’s First Regional Cookbook Adapted for Today’s Kitchen.” Join HSF as Dr. Hendricks shares how they chose the best of the original early 19th century recipes to show how home cooks can use contemporary methods and ingredients to prepare delicious dishes. Dr. Hendricks will be signing copies of Old Southern Cookery the evening of the lecture – the book will be available for purchase at the Davenport House Museum Shop. All proceeds from the sale of Old Southern Cookery will be donated to Historic Savannah Foundation and the Davenport House to support their mission.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Hendricks back at HSF to discuss this beloved cookbook that he created with his mother,” HSF Education and Research Associate, Kimberly Newbold said. “This cookbook gives a peek into what recipes were made in the past and how we can adapt them to the modern kitchen of today.”

Dr. Hendrick’s lecture is free for HSF members and $15 for non-members. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-lecture gathering at 5:30 p.m. to socialize and enjoy a glass of wine. Members may RSVP for the November 17 lecture by emailing Kim Newbold at The $15 nonmember registration fee can be paid by visiting HSF’s website, Space is limited, so reservations are recommended.

For more information on the “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series, contact Newbold at 912-483-7294. For information about other HSF events, please visit or call 912-233-7787, and follow HSF on their social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, the organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 420 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. For more information about the work of the Historic Savannah Foundation, visit


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