Public Programs and City Hall Exhibits

City Hall Exhibits

Art in the Rotunda is a rotating exhibit in City Hall’s first floor Rotunda featuring the work of local artists or highlighting local history. This exhibit is available to the general public Monday-Friday 8:15am-5:00pm, except City holidays.

  • January - June 2020, Law’s Murphys; Works by Christopher Murphy, Jr. from the W. W. Law Art Collection: Law’s Murphys showcases seven pieces by acclaimed Savannah artist Christopher Murphy, Jr. collected by local historian and preservationist Westley Wallace "W. W." Law for their documentation of historic African American churches and neighborhoods.

Right top: Detail from "5.P.M. Randolph Street at Hull Sept 1956," Christopher Murphy, Jr., watercolor, featured in Law’s Murphys exhibit

History in the Chamber includes rotating exhibits in City Hall’s second floor City Council Chamber featuring artifacts and documents from the City’s historical collections and community partners which relate to the City government’s and the Savannah community’s history. These exhibits are available to the general public on Council Meeting days (every other Thursday) or during our First Tuesday Tours of City Hall.

  • January - June 2020, 230 Years Ago... : 230 Years Ago... reflects on the 230th anniversary of the City of Savannah government (incorporated in December 1789), discussing the early days of the government and featuring a sampling of the treasures preserved in the Municipal Archives for our citizens.
  • January - June 2020, Remembering the Savannah Pharmacy: Remembering the Savannah Pharmacy highlights the history of this landmark Savannah business, the second oldest continuously operating African American owned business in Savannah at the time of its closing in 2007, and showcases documents and pharmaceutical artifacts from the Pharmacy preserved in the Municipal Archives.

Right bottom: Long Ease was a patented cold medicine compounded by the Savannah Pharmacy, label featured in Remembering the Savannah Pharmacy exhibit

5.P.M. Randolph Street at Hull Sept 1956, Christopher Murphy, watercolor
Long Ease Label

Hungry for History Lectures

The Municipal Archives hosts local history lectures for City employees and citizens to encourage a greater understanding of the community we serve and live in. We often record these lectures so they can be reviewed by employees and shared with citizens. The following links will take you to the recordings available through YouTube:

Five Years That Changed Savannah Forever: Reflecting on the Civil Rights Movement through the W. W. Law Photograph Collection

  • A Conversation with Dr. Otis S. Johnson, former Mayor of Savannah and Guest Curator of the exhibit "Five Years That Changed Savannah Forever..."
  • Recorded: November 21, 2019

Atomic Ranch! Mid-Century Subdivision Development in Oglethorpe’s Colonial Capital

  • Speaker: Robert A. Ciucevich, principal of Quatrefoil Historic Preservation Consulting
  • Recorded: November 20, 2019

Five Years That Changed Savannah Forever

Five Years That Changed Savannah Forever

Savannah Jazz: A Panel Discussion on the History of Jazz in Savannah

  • Panelists: Dr. Thomas J. “Teddy” Adams; Mr. Theron A. “Ike” Carter; Dr. Charles J. Elmore; and Ms. Huxsie Scott
  • Moderater: Dr. Otis S. Johnson
  • Recorded: November 7, 2019

Henry Plant: 19th Century Visionary, the Plant System, and Savannah

  • Speaker: Heather Trubee Brown, Curator of Education Henry B. Plant Museum
  • Recorded: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Indigo Past to Present: Ossabaw Island and Colonial Georgia 1760-1782

  • Speaker: Elizabeth DuBose, Executive Director Ossabaw Island Foundation
  • Recorded: September 17, 2019

Tomochichi: Friend and Ally of the Georgia Colony

  • Presenter: Roger Smith, Director of The Learning Center, Senior Citizens, Inc.
  • Recorded: August 5, 2019

Painting a Portrait, Growing a Legacy: Interpreting the Life of Juliette Gordon Low

  • Presenter: Lisa Junkin Lopez, Executive Director, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
  • Recorded: July 16, 2019

Conrad Aiken: Savannah’s 20th Century Literary Giant

  • Presenter: Orlando Montoya, radio host, writer and historical tour guide 
  • Recorded: June 11, 2019

The Story of the Steamship Savannah, as told by Captain Moses Rogers

  • Presenter: Bobby Hughes, Interpreter, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
  • Recorded: May 14, 2019

Beyond the Live Oaks and Spanish Moss: Art in Savannah, 1920-1960

  • Presenter: Courtney McNeil, Chief Curator/Deputy Director Curatorial Affairs at Telfair Museums
  • Recorded: April 1, 2019

Women’s Suffrage Comes to Georgia

  • Presenters: Roger Smith, Director of The Learning Center, SCI, and Luciana Spracher, Director of City of Savannah Municipal Archives
  • Recorded: March 19, 2019

Dreadful Pestilence: Telling the Story of Savannah's Yellow Fever

  • Presenter: Jamie Credle, Director Davenport House Museum
  • Recorded: February 13, 2019

John Norris: Savannah's Mid-Nineteenth Century Architect

  • Presenter: Tania Sammons, writer, curator, and museum specialist
  • Recorded: December 12, 2018

Poppies and More: Remembering the Great War

  • Presenter: Kelly Zacovic, Archivist, City of Savannah Municipal Archives
  • Recorded: November 8, 2018

Maps, Surveys, and Plans, Oh My!

  • Presenter: Luciana Spracher, Director, City of Savannah Municipal Archives
  • Recorded: October 18, 2018

Hyman Wallace Witcover: Snapshots of an Architect

  • Presenter: Luciana Spracher, Director, City of Savannah Municipal Archives
  • Recorded: September 28, 2018

Savannah - An Everchanging City

  • Presenter: Bill Durrence, Photographer
  • Recorded: August 21, 2018

Savannah's Literary Legacy

  • Presenter: Roger Smith, Director of The Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Inc.
  • Recorded: July 30, 2018

William Gibbons Preston: A Boston Architect's Imprint on Savannah

  • Presenter: Luciana Spracher, Director, City of Savannah Municipal Archives
  • Recorded: June 28, 2018

Before and After Midnight: The Art of Bonaventure Cemetery

  • Presenters: Harry DeLorme, Jr., Curator, and Susan Laney, Curator
  • Recorded: May 15, 2018

The History of Film in Savannah

  • Presenters: Lacy Brooks, Historian, and Becky Rowden, Attorney
  • Recorded: April 11, 2018

World War I Centennial Series: Remembering the Great War

  • Presenter: Britni Delinger, Kelly Zacovic, and Luciana Spracher, City of Savannah, Municipal Archives
  • Recorded: March 14, 2018

World War I Centennial Series: The German Hun in the Georgia Sun, Enemy Aliens in WWI Georgia

  • Presenter: Leisa Vaughn, Historian
  • Recorded: July 28, 2017

World War I Centennial Series: The World's War is Georgia's War, 1917-1919

  • Presenter: Brittany Sealer, Curator and Historian
  • Recorded: June 16, 2017

Charles Cluskey, Savannah’s resident Greek Revival style architect

  • Presenter: Beth L. Reiter, owner of Savannah ArchiTours, specializing in history, preservation and architecture
  • Recorded: May 17, 2017

Colonial Park Cemetery Tour

  • Presenter: Charlotte Landon, program guide at Massie Heritage Center
  • Recorded: May 9, 2017

Commemorating Tomochichi in Savannah

  • Presenter: Dr. Robin B. Williams, chair of the Architectural History Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Recorded: April 26, 2017

Savannah Cotton Exchange Tour

  • Photography: Sam Beetler, Conservation Coordinator, City of Savannah, Department of Cemeteries
  • Tour Guide: E. Rick Willis, Secretary, Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M.
  • Photographed: March 23, 2017

"But   what a pretty thing a Rail Road is! – We must have one of our own –   positively!": the Origins of the Central of Georgia Railroad

  • Presenter: Dr. Lisa Denmark, professor of history at Georgia Southern University
  • Recorded: February 27, 2017

William Jay: Savannah’s "Friend to the Fine Arts"

  • Presenter: Tania Sammons, Savannah-based curator and writer
  • Recorded: January 31, 2017

The City of Savannah’s City of Savannah

  • Presenter: Jerry McLaughlin, Project Manager for the restoration of the WWII B-17 City of Savannah
  • Recorded: December 5, 2016

The Wexford-Savannah Axis: Reconnecting Savannah to its Irish Roots

  • Presenter: Brittany Sealey, researcher for the Wexford-Savannah Axis, Center for Irish Research & Teaching, Georgia Southern University
  • Recorded: September 30, 2016

Early 19th Century Urban Slavery in a Mechanic’s Household in Savannah, GA

  • Presenter: Jamie Credle, director of the Davenport House Museum
  • Recorded: August 31, 2016

The Urban Legacy of the Volunteer Militias in Savannah’s Bull Street Corridor

  • Presenter: Dr. Karl F. Schuler, professor of architectural history at Savannah College of Art & Design
  • Recorded: July 15, 2016

Savannah: Square by Square

  • Presenter: Michael Jordan, local historian, author and film-maker
  • Recorded: March 24, 2016

Mayor Malcolm R. Maclean: Servant Leader

  • Presenter: Wade Herring, attorney and Maclean mentee
  • Recorded: 5/11/2016

The State of Chatham: Savannah’s Wet Romp through Prohibition

  • Presenter: Dr. Lisa Denmark, associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University
  • Recorded: 2/26/2016

Remembering Herman Myers: Political Boss or City Father?

  • Presenter: Dr. Lauren Acker, Department of History & Geography, Georgia College & State University
  • Recorded: 9/11/2015

Olgethorpe's England

  • Presenter: Roger Smith, Director of The Learning Center at Senior Citizens, Inc.
  • Recorded: 8/26/2014