NEXT SESSION OF HSF’s “PEOPLE, PLACES AND STORIES” LECTURE SERIES FOCUSES ON HISTORIC TAX CREDITS

NEXT SESSION OF HSF’s “PEOPLE, PLACES AND STORIES” LECTURE SERIES FOCUSES ON HISTORIC TAX CREDITS

SAVANNAH, GA – Nov. 16, 2021 – Historic Savannah Foundation will host Brent Watts, president of Cabretta Capital, as the next presenter in the “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series. The presentation, titled Tax Incentives for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties” and set for Thursday, Dec. 2, will share information on the potential benefits of historic rehabilitation tax credits, the requirements for qualification, and the steps to take in the application process. Additionally, Watts will give a history of the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program and will provide an update on its current status.

Watts is from Savannah and graduated from Benedictine Military School. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance with a concentration in real estate from the University of Alabama. He got his start at a boutique tax credit syndicator in Atlanta in 2005, where he worked for 10 years. He started as an analyst and served in many roles, including as head of acquisitions, chief compliance officer for a registered investment advisor, senior vice president and shareholder. Watts is the founder of Cabretta Capital Corporation and serves as its president. He has acquired skills in partnership structuring, acquisitions, financial modeling, underwriting, fund management, and asset management. He has structured dozens of private placements and has provided equity for well over 100 multi-family, hospitality, and office properties during his career. Watts has been working extensively in low-income housing tax credit properties, historic tax credits, and several other tax advantaged programs since 2005.

“Brent’s experience in the field of Historic Tax Credits is extensive, and he’s able to take a subject that can be complex and intimidating and break it down so that it’s not just understandable, but also interesting,” HSF Education and Research Associate Kimberly Newbold said. “Taking advantage of the tax credit program has the potential to save owners of historic properties, a substantial amount of money, so you’re not going to want to miss this presentation.”

Watts’ lecture, held at HSF headquarters at 321 E. York Street, is free for HSF members and $10 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. The event will be open to the public, but space is limited to 25 guests, so reservations are recommended. Members may RSVP for December’s lecture by emailing Justin Bristol at jbristol@myhsf.org. The $10 nonmember registration fee can be paid by visiting HSF’s website, www.myhsf.org.

For more information on the “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series contact Kimberly Newbold at 912-483-7294. For information about other HSF events, please visit myhsf.org 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 410 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 www.myhsf.org.

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HSF TO HOST GUEST SPEAKER KATHERINE MALONE-FRANCE OF NATIONAL TRUST AT NOV. 9 ANNUAL MEETING

HSF TO HOST GUEST SPEAKER KATHERINE MALONE-FRANCE OF NATIONAL TRUST AT NOV. 9 ANNUAL MEETING

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 1, 2021 – Historic Savannah Foundation will host its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 at The Savannah Repertory Theatre, located at 402 E. Broughton St. Katherine Malone-France, Chief Preservation Officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will speak during the meeting as part of the Louise Lauretti Lecture Series.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will offer important updates about Historic Savannah Foundation as CEO and President Sue Adler delivers the annual report, unveils the organization’s strategic plans, and talks about the election of new members and officers to the Board of Trustees. The annual meeting is designed to inform attendees while encouraging new members to join and existing members to renew their support of Historic Savannah Foundation’s work and initiatives. A light reception with refreshments in the Davenport House garden will follow.

Prior to assuming her role as the Chief Preservation Officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Malone-France served as the Senior Vice President for Historic Sites at the National Trust, leading its portfolio of 28 historic sites around the country to provide expansive and sustainable public benefit as they model exemplary preservation, collections management, and interpretation. Her tenure included the creation of a dedicated fund to support historic gardens and landscapes at National Trust historic sites and successful completion of a $21 million campaign to address critical capital projects across the portfolio of sites. She holds a Master’s in Historic Preservation from the College of Environment & Design at the University of Georgia.

“We are honored to welcome our next Louise Lauretti lecturer, Katherine Malone-France, and look forward to an enlightening evening of shared knowledge, inspirational experiences and insights on historic preservation,” said HSF CEO and President Sue Adler. “Being able to hold our annual meeting in person this year is a privilege. Engaging with our future and current membership is something we’ve really missed over the last year and a half, so we’re excited to share information and update our guests on HSF’s bright future.”

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 nonprofit organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties – now totaling over 400 buildings – throughout several Savannah local historic districts. HSF is committed to continuing to build capacity within HSF’s operations, secure new financial resources, improve HSF’s image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts.

For more information about the annual meeting or HSF, please visit www.myHSF.org.

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HSF PARTNERS WITH LOCAL MUSEUMS FOR THE NOVEMBER ‘PIONEERS IN PRESERVATION’ SERIES

HSF PARTNERS WITH LOCAL MUSEUMS FOR THE NOVEMBER ‘PIONEERS IN PRESERVATION’ SERIES

SAVANNAH, GA. – OCT. 13, 2021 – Community partners, the Davenport House Museum, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, and the Andrew Low House Museum, along with Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) are slated to host the “Pioneers in Preservation Series: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Its Legacy,” The series – led by Honorary Chair Carol Bell, former Mayor Pro Tem – will begin Thursday, Nov. 11, and run through Sunday, Nov. 14.

The Pioneers in Preservation, funded by The ACE Grant community program and Georgia Humanities, is a free, multi-day series of events that will familiarize the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry communities with the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its legacy. Each day, a new program will be hosted at a partnering museum site to provide a unique and engaging experience for attendees.

“We have a wonderful and engaging lineup for our guests this year. We want our visitors to thoroughly enjoy learning the history behind the City of Savannah. Some of the history is tragic and heartbreaking, some is remarkable and uplifting – but it all went into making our city what it is today, so we hope to tell the full story in a truthful and reverent way,” HSF Education and Research Associate Kimberly Newbold said. “Working with partner museums has made it possible to do a series of programs that one museum could not do alone. We’re grateful for the collaboration of the Davenport House Museum, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, the Andrew Low House Museum, and everyone who supports HSF’s efforts to preserve Savannah’s heritage.”   

The first event of the series will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, located at 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Gullah/Geechee Nation luminary Queen Quet will deliver a thought-provoking, “edu-taining,” “histo-musical” performance highlighting Gullah-Geechee roots while focusing on the strength of tradition and the power of story through music.

The second event of the series is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the historic Second African Church located at 123 Houston St. Dr. Sowande Mustakeem, associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis, will provide the key-note lecture on her groundbreaking work, “Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage.”

The Pioneers in Preservation series continues Saturday, Nov. 13 with a lecture and tasting event, “Tasting Traditions!” at the Andrew Low House Museum, located at 329 Abercorn St. This event will have two tastings, the first beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the next at 3:30 p.m. The museum will host Vaughnette Goode-Walker, who will lecture on African American food traditions. Goode-Walker will talk about food culture in the 19th and 20th centuries and relate these traditions to Mosianna Milledge, an enslaved and later free servant to the Low family. Local chef, Sallie Ann Robinson, will give an informal talk and perform a cooking demonstration, preparing dishes influenced by African American traditions and present-day inspirations.

The series wraps up in the afternoon on Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, 41 MLK Jr. Blvd. The museum will host a workshop from 1:00 – 3:30 covering the construction of a mbira, a west African thumb piano, with a detachable cigar box resonator. This workshop is limited to 20 participants and is restricted to ages eight and older. Guests will participate in the activity in the museum’s Assembly Room in the North Garden, where COVID-19 safety precautions will be observed.

“It is wonderful to have colleagues to join forces with to present revelational programming. The part of the series that the Davenport House had a hand in putting together is the opening evening with Queen Quet of Gullah Geechee Nation and the keynote lecture with Dr. Sowande Mustakeem. It will be an honor to be in their company and share in the discovery of their work. We hope the community will come out to see these programs which are free and open to the public,” Davenport House Museum Director Jamie Credle said.

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Interim Executive Director/Curator Wendy Melton is thrilled her museum will share in hosting these very special events.

“Ships of the Sea is honored to collaborate with our Partners in Preservation in recognizing the significant African contributions to this region’s culture. It is a recognition that is long overdue,” Melton said.

Rebecca Eddins, Andrew Low House Museum Executive Director, echoed Melton’s sentiment.

“This collaborative effort between our three respective museums represents a meaningful and lasting partnership. We are able to pool our resources and provide visitors with an engaging experience of this important topic,” Eddins said.

For more information on the “Pioneers in Preservation Series” or other HSF events, please visit myhsf.org, call 912-233-7787, and follow HSF on their social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This project is supported by Georgia Humanities, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, through appropriations made by the Georgia General Assembly and by the City of Savannah Arts and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Program. 

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, totaling over 400 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 www.myhsf.org.

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HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION TO HOST JONATHAN STALCUP FOR NEXT SESSION OF “PEOPLE, PLACES AND STORIES” LECTURE SERIES

HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION TO HOST JONATHAN STALCUP FOR NEXT SESSION OF “PEOPLE, PLACES AND STORIES” LECTURE SERIES

Jonathan Stalcup

SAVANNAH, GA – OCT. 12, 2021 – Historic Savannah Foundation will host Jonathan Stalcup, founder and CEO of Architectural Tours of Savannah, LLC, as the next presenter in the “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series. The presentation, titled “Architecture of Savannah” and set for Thursday, Oct. 21, will share information on Savannah’s architectural history as Stalcup describes the city’s built environment, Oglethorpe’s original plan, and today’s desire to balance preservation with a living city.

Stalcup, originally from Madison County, Iowa, found himself interested in Savannah, architecture, and history from an early age. He moved to the Coastal Empire in 1999 to attend SCAD, earning both a BFA and a Master of Architecture. Throughout his college career, he gave tours through Savannah’s top house museums and founded Architectural Tours of Savannah, LLC in 2005 after graduation. In addition to giving historical tours of Savannah’s greatest structural designs, Stalcup wrote a book about Savannah’s architecture. “Savannah Architectural Tours,” is composed of three self-guided walking tours, taking readers on a journey through Savannah’s past and introducing them to the city’s magnificent historical architecture.

“Jonathan’s knowledge of Savannah’s historical structures and sites is extensive. He has literally built a career on understanding ‘the bones’ of this city. The expertise he has gained from his education at SCAD and his years of exploring the streets of Savannah will provide our lecture series guests with special insights,” HSF Education and Research Associate Kimberly Newbold said. “We are proud to feature Johnathan as one of our presenters, and we expect those who hear his lecture will be eager to take a tour with him as well.”

Stalcup’s lecture is free for HSF members and $10 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. The event will be open to the public but space is limited to 30 guests, so reservations are recommended. Members may RSVP for October’s lecture by emailing Justin Bristol at jbristol@myhsf.org. The $10 nonmember registration fee can be paid by visiting HSF’s website, www.myhsf.org.

For more information on the “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series contact Kimberly Newbold at 912-483-7294. For information about other HSF events, please visit myhsf.org 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 410 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 www.myhsf.org.

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HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2021 SUMMER PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2021 SUMMER PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

First Place: Tyler Edic
Second Place: Diane Dodd
Third Place: David Chalfa
Fan Favorite: Diane Dodd

SAVANNAH, GA – August 23, 2021 – Historic Savannah Foundation has announced the winners of its fourth Annual Summer Photo contest, which ran during the month of July and asked both locals and visitors to showcase their favorite historic buildings or places in Savannah and surrounding Chatham County.

Using the hashtag #SavFave, all contest entrants submitted their photos via Instagram. Each entry had to depict a historic building or place in Savannah or Chatham County, with each photo being judged on its artistic merit and based upon composition, use of color (or black and white), use of light and camera angle. Featured places and subjects were required to be unique or, if traditional, depicted in a new or unique way using interesting vantage points and perspectives.

First place went to Tyler Edic/Visit Savannah, with Diane Dodd placing second, followed by David Chalfa in third. Diane Dodd Photography also was awarded the fan favorite designation, having received the most photo “likes” on Instagram.

The winner will receive a comprehensive catalog of HSF books, including a copy of the extremely popular, Savannah, Square by Square. All winners will receive the honor of having their winning photos displayed in a public venue that is to be determined, in addition to being featured in HSF’s 2021 Annual Report. For the last three years, the winning photos have been featured in the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport.

 

“This contest is a way for locals and visitors alike to share with HSF the buildings and places that are important to them. We all have a shared love of Savannah, but it is very enlightening and enjoyable to see it from others’ points of view. This contest, at its essence, is a celebration of this unique and marvelous city,” HSF Director of Preservation and Historic Properties Ryan Arvay said.

 

Using unique lighting to capture the convergence of the Lowcountry’s natural beauty and the historic environment, Tyler Edic snapped this year’s first-place photograph. It highlights the unique and culturally rich, Pin Point Heritage Museum, operated by the Coastal Heritage Society. Pin Point Heritage explores the Gullah/Geechee culture, located inside the historic Varn & Son Oyster and Crab Factory building. Surrounded by the marshes and inlets of Georgia’s tidewater zone, the waterfront location was captured from a bird’s eye view, complemented by a Savannah sunset.

 

“When I moved to Savannah, I had no concept of how beautiful the city and its surrounding areas are, nor the rich history I would come to appreciate and become a part of,” Edic said. “No matter where I go from here, watching the sun set over the marsh will always hold a place in my heart. I am glad my photograph is appreciated, and I’m honored that Historic Savannah Foundation has selected my work for this recognition.”

 

HSF’s second-place winner, Diane Dodd, submitted a photo that features Savannah’s famous mature oak trees along Chatham Square. The strong, moss-covered branches reach for the sky, leaving dappled shadows over the historic brick path. Built in 1847 on Barnard Street, Chatham Square was named for William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham, and is a quiet and peaceful location in the Hostess City. This image of Chatham Square presents a bright yet calming atmosphere that Savannah visitors and locals enjoy.

 

“Chatham Square is quiet, peaceful and packed with history. Being surrounded by the enchanting mighty oaks is so calming, and I am always inspired to snap a few photos whenever I am passing through,” Dodd said.

 

The contest’s third-place photograph, shot by David Chalfa, presents a moody sunset between two of downtown Savannah’s most notable skyscrapers. In the foreground, the architectural detail on SCAD’s Propes Hall – originally the Citizens & Southern Bank – is featured, and the old Hotel Savannah, now BB&T Bank, can be seen in the background.

 

“I captured this image right before the sun fell as I was standing on the top deck of the Bryan Street Parking Garage,” Chalfa said. “While taking photos of various downtown landmarks, I couldn’t help but notice how the space between these two buildings resembled the outline of Georgia. The buildings are on opposite sides of Johnson Square and have beautiful decorative elements that helped frame the sunset that evening.”

 

This year’s fan favorite photograph, captured by Diane Dodd Photography, presents the beautiful Garden of Fragrance at Forsyth Park on a humid afternoon. The Garden of Fragrance was started by the Garden Club Council of Chatham County in 1959 and was dedicated April 3, 1963. The garden was designed by Georges Bignault, renowned landscape architect, as his final commission.

 

“I love the way the oaks drape over the Fragrant Garden. The columns and wrought iron are so unique, and the inside is just as charming with the fountain, benches and beautiful flowers,” Dodd said. “I heard that it was originally called ‘The Fragrant Garden for the Blind’ which fascinates me! It makes perfect sense. On days when I happen to be strolling by when the gates are unlocked, I will undoubtedly pop in for a boost of happiness. We’re so lucky to live here!”

 

Arvay said the decision was a tough one to make, as HSF received so many beautiful photographs.

 

“The jury would like to thank everyone who entered the contest and shared their talent and creativity with us. It really was a pleasure to review so many amazing pictures and see our community in many different lights,” he said.

 

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 nonprofit organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties – now totaling nearly 400 buildings – throughout several Savannah local historic districts. HSF is committed to continuing to build capacity within HSF’s operations, secure new financial resources, improve HSF’s image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts.

 

For more information about HSF, please visit www.myHSF.org.

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HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES AUGUST LAUNCH OF NEW LECTURE SERIES

HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES AUGUST LAUNCH OF NEW LECTURE SERIES

SAVANNAH, GA – JULY 20, 2021 – Historic Savannah Foundation has announced the upcoming launch of its new lecture series, “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah.” The series will feature lectures covering a wide range of speakers and topics. Each lecturer will give a presentation on a subject that falls within the realm of his or her expertise followed by a question-and-answer session.

Admission to the lectures, held at Historic Savannah Foundation’s headquarters at 321 E. York St., is $10 per person; attendance for HSF members is free. Lectures will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a pre-lecture gathering at 5:30 p.m. to socialize and enjoy a glass of wine. The events will be open to the public but space is limited to 30 guests, so reservations are recommended.

The first lecture will be by Ethos Preservation principal and co-founder Rebecca Fenwick on Thursday, August 12. Her presentation, “Researching the History of Your House,” will focus on tracing the roots of and learning about homes through property records, archives, and other resources. Registration for Fenwick’s lecture is available at myhsf.org.

“A lot of planning and thought has gone into the creation of this lecture series. We’re excited about the opportunity to be able to gather again as a community and offer these informative and wide-ranging talks by so many interesting and knowledgeable speakers,” HSF Education and Research Associate Kimberly Newbold said. 

While other lectures in the series are still being finalized, Newbold has booked Jonathan Stalcup of Architectural Tours of Savannah to speak in October about the architecture of Savannah. Brent Watts of Cabretta Capital will speak in November about historic tax credits. Other lecture topics will be released as they are confirmed.

For more information on the “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series or other HSF events, please visit myhsf.org, 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 410 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 www.myhsf.org

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HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES EVENTS FOR 2021 PRESERVATION MONTH

HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES EVENTS FOR 2021 PRESERVATION MONTH

SAVANNAH, GA – April 21, 2021 Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) will lead the observation of National Historic Preservation Month in May with several community partnerships and unique events that celebrate the art of preservation and exhibit its significant impact on the past, present and future of Savannah. Preservation Month began as National Preservation Week in 1973. In 2005, the National Trust extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even greater opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states.

HSF will kick off Preservation Month on Tuesday, May 4 at 10 a.m. with a tourism-focused media call held in conjunction with Visit Savannah and the Tourism Leadership Council. The event will feature remarks by Visit Savannah President Joe Marinelli, Tourism Leadership Council President & CEO Michael Owens, Josh Brooks, Historic Savannah Foundation Board Chair, Historic Savannah Foundation President & CEO Sue Adler, and Davenport House Museum Director Jamie Credle. HSF will also provide an update on the construction of the Murray C. Perlman & Wayne C. Spear Center/Kennedy Pharmacy addition and the Urban Enslaved Exhibit. HSF broke ground on this project in December 2020. In addition to offering historical insight, the work will bring a storefront back to Broughton Street, breathing life back into a piece of Savannah’s local history that can also contribute to the economy and drive tourism, to which tourism insiders Marinelli and Owens will attest.

HSF’s Davenport House Museum is supporting Preservation Month with an exciting slate of events and activities. Springtime Tea at the Davenports will be held on May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 27 and 28 at 5 p.m.; and the Early Bird’s Preservation Walking Tour of the Landmark Historic District’s East Side will take place on May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, starting at 8 a.m. Reservations for these events are recommended as, due to COVID-19 safety protocols, attendance for some activities is limited. Social distancing will be enforced, and masks will be required at indoor events. For more information, please visit http://www.davenporthousemuseum.org/programs/ or call 912-236-8097. 

HSF’s Annual Preservation Awards will be celebrated once again in a virtual format with an online ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 13. It will initially be made available to an exclusive group of HSF members and supporters, with a recording to be made available to the general public later that week. The awards recognize local citizens, organizations, and companies who value the rich history of their city and celebrates their revitalization of historic structures and sites. Each year, Preservation Award nominations are judged by an independent, all-volunteer jury selected for their expertise in architecture, preservation, and design. For information about becoming a member of HSF, please visit https://www.myhsf.org/support/membership/. Memberships start at just $50.

As part of National Historic Preservation Month, HSF is celebrating the community partnerships it has forged with many area entities to help bring mutually beneficial projects and initiatives to fruition. In addition to the May 4 kick-off with Visit Savannah and the Tourism Leadership Council, HSF is teaming with Ethos Preservation and enjoying generous support from Savannah Bike Tours. Ethos is launching a Coastal Historic Survey project that will involve a team of historic preservation consultants and architectural historians who will be surveying unincorporated areas along the Georgia coast east of Interstate-95 to identify historic resources in all of Georgia’s coastal counties, including Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh. HSF is proud to support this effort and encourages residents of Chatham and neighboring counties to take part in virtual meetings that will help Ethos identify historic resources in their communities. For meeting dates and times, visit https://www.coastalhistoricsurvey.com/.

Savannah Bike Tours has graciously announced it will donate $1 from each tour booked during the month of May to HSF.

For more information on any of the Preservation Month events or activities, please visit myhsf.org, 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 410 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 www.myhsf.org

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HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION EXTENDS NOMINATIONS FOR 2021 PRESERVATION AWARDS

HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION EXTENDS NOMINATIONS FOR 2021 PRESERVATION AWARDS

SAVANNAH, GA — FEBRUARY 23, 2021 – The nomination period for Historic Savannah Foundation’s 2021 Preservation Awards has been extended by two days, giving those with noteworthy projects a little while longer to submit them for recognition. The deadline, previously set for March 1 is now Wednesday, March 3 at 5 p.m.

Each May, HSF celebrates the area’s best preservation projects with a program that recognizes individuals, organizations, and companies who embody and practice excellence in preservation in Savannah and Chatham County. Historic Savannah Foundation members who have completed a restoration project within the past three years, or who know of a restoration project that may be award-worthy are encouraged to submit a nomination.

Projects must have been completed within the past three years, and entrants must have the consent of the property owner for a nomination. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominations that were previously submitted but were not selected to receive an award may be revised, expanded and resubmitted. To be eligible for an award, nominated projects must have adhered to the applicable Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. For more information on these standards, visit www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm.

“We anticipate a great selection of projects to be submitted for consideration by our jury. Savannah’s focus on historic preservation efforts improves annually, which makes choosing winners an increasingly difficult decision. We hope the preservation community will join us as we celebrate the best in Savannah’s historic preservation projects,” HSF CEO and President Susan Adler said.

The general evaluation criteria include:

1. Quality and degree of difficulty of the nominee’s project or effort.

2. Degree to which the nominee’s project or effort is unusual or pioneering or serves as an example that influences good preservation practices.

3. Demonstrable or measurable impact of nominee’s project on the community.

A jury of local professionals with representation from the fields of architecture, preservation, academia and planning is invited to review nominations for HSF’s Preservation Awards. 

Nominations should fall under at least one of the following categories: restoration, rehabilitation, new construction, stewardship, craftsmanship or archaeology.

The deadline for all award nominations is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Mailed entries must be postmarked or dropped off at HSF by this date. The application cost is $45 for HSF members. Non-members are asked to join HSF by visiting http://www.myhsf.org/giving/general-membership/ prior to submitting the application. Preservation Award recipients will be notified by the end of March. The nominator or primary contact will be notified for those not selected. Award announcements and presentation will be made at HSF’s Virtual Preservation Awards Ceremony in May.

 

Mail entries to:                                                                        Hand-deliver entries to:

Historic Savannah Foundation                                               Historic Savannah Foundation

Attn: Preservation Awards                                                      Attn: Preservation Awards

P.O. Box 1733                                                                        321 East York Street

Savannah, GA 31402                                                             Savannah, GA 31401

 

Historic Savannah Foundation saves buildings, places and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, HSF started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling more than 400 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF has grown into one of the most respected local preservation organizations in the country — emphasizing not only the protection of individual historic buildings but also the revitalization of blighted neighborhoods. HSF demonstrates the cultural, social, and economic benefits of preservation as good public policy by proving that preservation

and progress go hand-in-hand.

 

For more information about the awards or Historic Savannah Foundation, please visit www.myHSF.org or contact Kimberly Newbold, Research & Education Associate, at 912-483-7294 or knewbold@myhsf.org. For sponsorship information, please contact Megan Kerley, Director of Development at 912-483-7190 or mkerley@myHSF.org.

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HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION OBSERVES WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH WITH VIRTUAL LECTURE, RECOGNITION CAMPAIGN

HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION OBSERVES WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH WITH VIRTUAL LECTURE, RECOGNITION CAMPAIGN

SAVANNAH, GA – February 15, 2021 – Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, will recognize Women’s History Month with its free virtual lecture, Women in Savannah’s Historic Preservation Movement: A Perspective, at 6 p.m. Monday, March 8 via Zoom. This lecture will be presented by Davenport House Museum Director Jamie Credle, who will highlight women pioneers in preservation and their important achievements.

Credle will discuss organizations with a local impact, such as the Colonial Dames, Trustees Garden Club, and the Junior League of Savannah, as well as individual icons and groups. This includes Emma Adler, Paula Wallace, and Anna Colquitt Hunter. Hunter, along with six other determined and civic-minded women, helped found Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) in 1955 for the purpose of saving the Davenport House from demolition. Today, HSF has saved more than 400 Savannah structures from similar fates. 

The free lecture is presented by HSF as a community service and an opportunity for enrichment on topics related to its mission.

“I am excited to share my knowledge about women in preservation and, hopefully, increase the community’s awareness on the importance of these individuals to Savannah’s preservation movement,” Credle said. “I’m looking forward to this opportunity to shine a light on people who may not be considered ‘preservationists’ in a traditional sense, with the idea that we can all be preservationists.”  

The lecture on March 8 will also serve as the launch of a new HSF initiative to honor local women who have made a name for themselves by working to further regional historic preservation efforts. Beginning on March 9, HSF will highlight the following contemporary women – who’ve been essential to the success of regional preservation efforts – through an awareness campaign: Ardis Wood, founder of “The Victorian Lady” tour company; Briana Grosicki, real estate developer and former associate principal of PlaceEconomics; Ellen Harris, co-founder and principal of Ethos Preservation; Holly Kincannon, architect, stone conservator, and founder of Kincannon Studios; Jessica Kelly, a Realtor with Engel & Voelkers Savannah; Leah G. Michalak, director of historic preservation for the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission; Luciana Spracher, director of the City of Savannah’s Municipal Archives; Mae Bowley, executive director of Re:Purpose Savannah; Meredith Stone, an architect with Gunn Meyerhoff Shay Architects; Rebecca Fenwick, co-founder and principal of Ethos Preservation; Sarah Ward, president and preservation principal for Ward Architecture + Preservation; and Vaughnette Goode-Walker, director at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.  Every day for 12 days beginning March 9, HSF’s social media followers can check the organization’s social media accounts to read about each of the women’s accomplishments, backgrounds, and preservation work.

Anyone interested in attending the free lecture on March 8, should RSVP by emailing sadler@myhsf.org, who will then send participants the Zoom information prior to the event. Using that information, participants will log on for the virtual lecture.

For more information about HSF, please visit www.myHSF.org. To learn more about the Davenport House Museum, please visit www.davenporthousemuseum.org

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HSF RECEIVES HISTORIC TRUST GRANT TO CREATE A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE ENGAGING YOUTH IN THE LIVES OF ENSLAVED HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS AT DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM

HSF RECEIVES HISTORIC TRUST GRANT TO CREATE A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE ENGAGING YOUTH IN THE LIVES OF ENSLAVED HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS AT DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM

SAVANNAH, GA – FEBRUARY 8, 2021 – Recently Historic Savannah Foundation received a $5,000 matching grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to create, for the Davenport House Museum (DHM), a youth guide engaging middle-school aged students in the lives of those enslaved in the Davenport household in the 1820s.

“The exciting thing about this project is once done, young people all over the world – as well as in our community – will be able to access virtually our uniquely Savannah story in ways customized for their age group,” said HSF CEO and President Sue Adler. HSF is partnering with the Nobis Project, a nonprofit educational resource organization specializing in community engagement experiences, particularly regarding authentic narratives of African American history and Gullah Geechee culture, to create a dynamic tool to bring the past to life.

The Davenport House, HSF’s only historic house museum, tells the story of early 19th century daily life in the port city of Savannah to thousands of visitors annually. Over the years, through scholarly research, the Museum has broadened the story it tells to include all 23 members of the Davenport household, including the thirteen enslaved workers owned by Davenport. “We tell our story with humanity and inclusion, but we are limited by physical space. We want to open our narrative to the world to provide understanding about what happened here. This virtual youth guide is a tool for doing this. We are pleased to expose virtual visitors to our stories,” continues Adler.

HSF called on experts with Nobis Project, Dr. Christen Higgins Clougherty, Founder and Executive Director, and Heather DuCloux, Program Coordinator, to lead the initiative. They came up with the idea of creating “journeys” where students venture through the lives of household members as they explore the house virtually. Each “journeys” will be developed using the groundbreaking research undertaken by scholar Kelly Westfield, who did extensive reverse deed work on the lives of enslaved members of the household.

Westfield used information known to the Davenport House Museum, such as ads for the sale of enslaved workers, as the basis for delving deeper into the records to trace their lives back through their chain of sale. In doing this, she found a wealth of information, including names of parents and siblings, mobility through sale, and in a couple of cases final resting places. Having Nobis specialists’ pair down the research and put it into a form that will intrigue students is a goal of the project.

The intention of the DHM’s youth guide program is to provide younger guests and the community with a more accurate depiction of the Davenport family household, as well as the lives of enslaved people in a 19th century Southern port city. The legacy of the enslaved people – not only in the Davenport House, but also throughout Savannah – is critically important to the history of the city. It is because of enslaved people that much of the city exists as it does, from buildings and trades to traditions and experiences. It is also important to acknowledge that much of what is enjoyed today by visitors and residents alike was built on the backs of this enslaved population, which is often excluded from or vaguely mentioned in the story.

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, believes the creation of an age-appropriate guided program to properly tell the story will strengthen connections with both the local youth community and visitors, as well as promote healing in what has become an exacerbated society. “We admire Historic Savannah Foundation’s intention to be a part of a healing process, illustrating that the contributions and legacy of enslaved Africans is important for all to better understand and taking an active role to promote the authentic – yet difficult – story of enslavement in the United States,” Clougherty said.

The components created by the Nobis Project for children ages 8-15 will be interactive for both visitors to the Museum as well as online. The work will dovetail with HSF’s facilities expansion at the Davenport House and will culminate with the opening of an Urban Enslaved Exhibit, currently under construction. Visitors’ “journeys” will focus on the new exhibition.

“We are honored and grateful to receive this matching grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to pursue such an innovative, worthwhile initiative. The Nobis Project is inspirational, and we cannot wait to see the final program they complete. It is such a relevant undertaking and will work perfectly with the new Urban Enslaved Exhibit we are creating as part of the Kennedy Pharmacy expansion. This really gives it another essential element and will make the experience so multi-faceted,” concludes Adler.

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 410 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.

 

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