Last week, the National Park Service sponsored Georgia’s first Preserve America Youth Summit, right here in Savannah. HSF and SCAD served as local coordinators for the summit with help from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources on the state level.
Designed for high school students, the summit convened from Sunday, June 21 through Wednesday, June 24 and students from across Georgia investigated issues of preservation while exploring Savannah’s diverse cultural heritage. Working with preservation professionals and SCAD faculty, the program helped students to develop an appreciation for Savannah history, while also encouraging them to cultivate a unique perspective for sharing insights about preservation in their own hometown communities.
Ten students participated from Warrenton, Lathemtown, Augusta, Tifton, Smyrna and Savannah, and visiting partners included Katie Orr from the Office of Outreach, Education, and Training at the National Park Service; Mark McDonald, President & CEO of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation; and Jeanne Cyriaque, African American programs coordinator for the Historic Preservation Division in Atlanta.
Our friends and neighbors on Tybee Island are pushing for the establishment of three historic districts, and HSF encourages our members to support this important initiative. Identified as: Fort Screven, Mid-Island, and Resort, these well-known areas include hundreds of historic buildings that have no protection from demolition or drastic alteration. Tybee Island City Council is taking up the question of local designation for these districts, and there is a public hearing on Thursday, July 16 from 3:30-5:30pm.
Add your voice to the preservation choir on Tybee and speak in favor of adopting a local preservation ordinance. Savannah knows—from experience and the recently released “Beyond Tourism” report—that local historic districts: generate more tax revenues, enjoy more stable property values, create and attract a disproportionate number of jobs, and provide the density and predictability that people crave when investing in property in comparison to all other non-designated areas in the city and county.
Let’s support protecting and preserving the heritage of Tybee Island.
Historic Savannah Foundation hosted a reception for 1733 Society members, Past Presidents, as well as local civic and community leaders to present the results from, “Beyond Tourism: Historic Preservation in the Economy and Life Savannah and Chatham County.” The report was commissioned by HSF to examine ways historic preservation plays a positive role in the local community. The study, which was conducted by consulting firm PlaceEconomics, showed the positive impact historic preservation has on job creation, an improved tax base and stable property values. read more…
A member is a member is a member, or are they? What exactly does it mean to be a member of Historic Savannah Foundation? This organization was founded in 1955 by a group of committed citizens who wanted to save the architectural fiber of this City. Those founding community leaders invited other concerned citizens to get involved—to help make a difference—and, HSF’s membership was created to help support the cause. Being a member of Historic Savannah Foundation means you care about the community’s cultural heritage. It means you want to be part of a voice to help protect what makes Savannah unique. Membership means you want to support an organization which, for 60 years, has advocated to protect Savannah’s historic city plan and to enhance livability, and has educated and involved citizens in a movement which has been successful in directly protecting and saving more than 360 buildings. read more…