For Immediate Release
Date: September 25, 2017
The City of Savannah invites the public to attend a Treasures of the Archives Open House from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 6 at City Hall in the 2nd floor Council Chambers. Now on display at City Hall, the Small Treasures exhibit showcases a sampling of historical “treasures” from eight of Savannah’s cultural institutions, including the Georgia Historical Society, the Telfair Museum, and more. In celebration of American Archives Month, the City of Savannah is reaching into our vaults to uncover additional “treasures” from the Municipal Archives which further explore and highlight the themes presented in Small Treasures, including public health, art, parks, the harbor, and more.
Come see Congregation Mickve Israel’s campaign button for Mayor Herman Myers alongside correspondence and annual reports of Mayor Myers’ administration that detail issues at the turn of the 20th century. Attendees who are intrigued by the hand-stitched folk art doll from the Davenport House can also view examples of folk and local art from the W. W. Law Art Collection. Small Treasures brings together a rich and diverse array of Savannah’s history, and together with additional “treasures” from the Municipal Archives, visitors can dig deeper into the exhibit while learning about the importance of archival records in preserving community history.
During the open house, staff from the Municipal Archives will be manning a digitization station for the collection of additional Savannah history. As part of the History Round-Up project, aimed at gathering more documentation on all of Savannah’s neighborhoods, residents are encouraged to bring in photographs that show the development of their neighborhoods over time, including what areas looked like at various points in history, community events and activities, community leaders, and area churches, businesses, and schools. Staff will scan and return the image to you, and preserve the digital copy for public access through the Municipal Archives.
For more information, contact Luciana Spracher, Director, City of Savannah Research Library & Municipal Archives, at Lspracher@savannahga.gov or (912) 651-6411.