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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HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR 2021 PRESERVATION AWARDS

HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR 2021 PRESERVATION AWARDS

SAVANNAH, GA — JANUARY 25, 2021 – Nominations are now being accepted for Historic Savannah Foundation’s 2021 Preservation Awards. 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. Monday, March 1, 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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