Public Programs

First Tuesday Tours of City Hall

City Hall's Council Chambers, January 1906

Are  you interested in learning more about City Hall's history, architecture  and art? Join us for our monthly lunch-time tours of City Hall the  first Tuesday of each month 12:00pm noon. Tours are free, but space is  limited so please register online or by calling (912) 651-6411 or emailing .

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Can't make it to the First Tuesday Tour? You can still  visit City Hall, and view the first floor rotunda  (crowned with a  beautiful stained glass dome) and the current "Art in  the Rotunda"  exhibit. City Hall history booklets are available at the  security guard  station. City Hall is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.

City Hall Exhibits

From Native Blooms:

The Chicken Lady, acrylic on canvas

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

  • August - December 2017, Native Blooms, by Carol Lasell Miller: Inspired to take up painting late in life, artist Carol Lasell Miller quickly found the subjects she enjoyed painting most were folks going about their everyday work life. In the exhibit Native Blooms, Miller uses the medium acrylics to capture the beautiful and varied bouquet of individuals that make Savannah so remarkable.

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 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.

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  • June - December 2017, Small Treasures: In  Savannah you can find surprises and treasures around every corner,   including through our community's many cultural heritage organizations,   themselves treasure chests full of riches. Small Treasures   brings together a unique sampling of artifacts from eight of Savannah's   premier cultural institutions. Each "small treasure" has a unique story   to tell, and together all highlight Savannah's rich and diverse  history.
Small TreasuresGroup Programs are available for groups of 10+ through the end of the 2017. The   program includes a presentation with more detailed stories about   featured items from the exhibit, plus a viewing of the exhibit in the   Council Chamber. To schedule your group, contact Luciana Spracher at   (912) 651-6411 or .
  • November 2016 - December 2017, Remembering George K. Gannam: Savannah's First World War II Casualty: Featuring artifacts and documents from the George Karam Gannam   collection, this exhibit remembers the life and loss of Staff Sergeant   George K. Gannam, Savannah's first World War II casaulty, killed during   the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Hungry for History Lectures

World  War I Centennial Series Lecture, June 2017 The Library & Archives  hosts local history lectures for City employees to encourage a greater  understanding of the community we serve. We often record these lectures  so they can be reviewed by employees again and shared with citizens. The  following links will take you to the recordings available through  YouTube:

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

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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