For Immediate ReleaseDate: August 29, 2016
The City of Savannah will celebrate W. W. Law Preservation Week the week of September 19-23. This week will recognize the accomplishments and contributions of W. W. Law in the area of historic preservation to the Savannah community and is part of the year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District.
The week’s activities, coordinated by the Research Library & Archives Department in partnership with Historic Savannah Foundation, are open to the public and will include:
Monday, September 19“W. W. Law’s Influence on Today’s Preservation Landscape in Savannah: A Panel Discussion”When: Monday, September 19, 2016, 6:00 p.m., reception to followWhere: Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 East Broughton Street
This program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited; reservations must be made in advance by contacting Luciana Spracher, Director of the Library & Archives, at Lspracher@savannahga.gov or (912) 651-6411.
Hosted by Historic Savannah Foundation and the City of Savannah
Tuesday, September 20Freedom Trail Driving TourWhen: Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to approximately 12:00 p.m.Tour bus departs from: Savannah Visitor’s Center, 301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Tour Description: Guide Johnnie Brown will lead guests on the Freedom Trail Tour through downtown Savannah, visiting sites impacted by W. W. Law’s historic preservation leadership, including Laurel Grove South Cemetery, Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, King-Tisdell Cottage, and the Beach Institute. Learn about Savannah’s unique African American history from a local history guide trained by W. W. Law. This is a driving tour; tour guests will park and ride the Freedom Trail Tour van with the tour guide.
Sponsored by the City of Savannah
Wednesday, September 21Beach Institute Historic Neighborhood Walking TourWhen: Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Walking tour starts: in front of St. John the Baptist Church, 522 Hartridge Street; the tour ends in front of the Beach Institute on East Harris Street
Tour Description:Discover the historic origins of the Beach Institute Neighborhood and its architecture, including African Americans who owned and/or occupied houses here such as Simon Mirault, Robert Low, Mosianna Milledge, and Lucy Williams. Learn about significant community institutions and businesses, like the Beach Institute and American Missionary Society, the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, The Boys Club, and the Savannah & Albany Railroad. And learn how W. W. Law helped preserve this unique neighborhood. This is a walking tour; tour guests will park and meet the tour guide on the sidewalk at the gathering point to begin the tour. The tour will not end at the starting point and tour guests will need to walk back to their cars. Guide: Beth Reiter, a native Savannahian, has been active in Historic Preservation since 1968 as an author, lecturer, instructor, researcher, consultant and planner. Reiter retired from her position as Director of Historic Preservation Planning at the Chatham-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission in 2010. She now runs Savannah Architours, walking tours featuring Savannah’s plan, architecture and landscape. Reiter received the Leopold Adler Historic Preservation Award from the King Tisdell Cottage Foundation in 1999.
This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited; reservations must be made in advance by contacting Luciana Spracher, Director of the Library & Archives, at Lspracher@savannahga.gov or (912) 651-6411.
Thursday, September 22“Law and Preservation,” Launch of New Online ExhibitDiscover W. W. Law’s preservation work through his own collections, preserved in the City’s Municipal Archives, including photographs, correspondence and awards highlighting years of hard-work, dedication and local, state, and national recognition. This new exhibit will launch on Thursday, September 22 and will be accessible at www.savannahga.gov/wwlaw.
Friday, September 23Explore Sites Preserved Because of LawWe encourage everyone to celebrate W. W. Law Preservation Week by getting out and exploring historical sites in Savannah impacted by W. W. Law’s advocacy and historic preservation work, including:
Laurel Grove South CemeteryAddress: 2101 Kollock Street, Savannah, GA 31415Hours: open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission: noneWebsite
King-Tisdell Cottage MuseumAddress: 514 East Huntingdon StreetHours: Tuesday-Saturday; 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Admission: $7.00 (cash only)For more information: (912) 335-8868
Beach Institute African American Cultural CenterAddress: 502 East Harris StreetHours: Tuesday-Saturday; 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Admission: $7.00For more information: (912) 335-8868
Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights MuseumAddress: 460 Martin Luther King, Jr. BoulevardHours: Tuesday-Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Admission: $10.00 adults; $8.00 seniors 65+; $6.00 studentsFor more information: (912) 777-6099
Information on these events and more can be found at www.savannahga.gov/wwlaw.