Lectures and Workshops

Lecture by Stephanie Deutsch
February 16, 2016

Beach Institute, 502 East Harris Street
6:00pm | Reception to follow
Free and open to the public

Nationally recognized author and columnist Stephanie Deutsch will discuss the Rosenwald Schools, the informal name applied to more than 5,000 schools, shops and teachers’ homes built primarily for the education of African-Americans in the early 20th century. She is the author of You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South, published in 2011 by Northwestern University Press.

Deutsch was initially attracted to Rosenwald schools for family reasons; her husband is a great-grandson of Julius Rosenwald but knew little about his remarkable forebear.  She became interested in Rosenwald’s career and when that led her to the story of his partnership with Booker T. Washington she began to realize how little she knew about the times in which both men lived and, in particular, about conditions surrounding the creation of the Rosenwald schools.  As the daughter of a Foreign Service officer she had spent part of her childhood in New Zealand and had gone to high school at a French lycée.  In college she had studied Russian and Soviet Studies.  But the issues that Rosenwald and Washington grappled with one hundred years ago — race relations, education, community, opportunity — have more resonance for her now than the foreign subjects she studied in school. As Stephanie states, “we and our children and grandchildren need to know our country’s history in order to understand the present.”

SD at DurhamDeutsch was born in Washington, D.C. and has lived on Capitol Hill for over forty years.  She raised her children there and has participated in the community in many ways, the most important being as chairman of the grants committee of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, which annually gives away over $200,000 in small grants.  Her husband, David Deutsch, a retired television director, has joined her on many rambles related to her research on Rosenwald and Washington and has been a wonderful photographer, IT guy, driver and companion.  He took this picture of her several summers ago at Castalia Rosenwald School in North Carolina.

She enjoys sharing what she’s learned from this research, especially with elementary, middle and high school students and also with Rosenwald alumni groups.

Click here to see more about Stephanie, her book, and the Rosenwald Schools.





 Victorian-7HSF’s Realtors Historic Preservation Leadership Course
6 Credit-hour Continuing Education Class

HSF is proud to offer an accredited program for real estate professionals in partnership with Savannah Area REALTORS®!
The purpose of this course is to educate realtors who are on the front line of the property-purchasing experience in subjects relating to historic preservation so that their clients will be better-informed stewards of historic property and will be able to take advantage of the benefits of owning properties within historic districts.

HSF last offered this course in July 2014 and received such positive feedback that we hope to offer it again in the future! Check back for the next scheduled date or become a member to stay up to date with everything HSF has to offer.


* Training by industry professionals
* Certified by Savannah Area REALTORS® and Georgia Real Estate Commission
* Registration includes a full binder with resources and all training materials


Course topics will include:

  • Savannah’s architectural styles
  • Economic incentives for historic properties
  • Information on making changes/altering properties in historic districts
  • How to respectfully rehabilitate historic properties and creative opportunities for development

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“Historic Districts create stronger neighborhoods. Preservation is an economic engine and is the foundation for places like Savannah. Historic Savannah Foundation is the mother of Preservation and Historic Districts in Savannah, and an essential element of our town and the real estate profession.”
- Austin Hill, HSF Board Member

Savannah Area REALTORS® Members: $99 Pre-Paid | $109 On-Site
Non-Savannah Area REALTORS® Members: $109 Pre-Paid | $119 On-Site

For more information contact Danielle Meunier at dmeunier@myHSF.org or 912-233-7787.

This program is supported by:AHRlogoHblue


2014 Preservation Festival Lecture & Panel Discussion

Click below to view a full recording of HSF’s 2014 Preservation Festival Lecture & Panel Discussion featuring: Donovan Rypkema, Principal of PlaceEconomics; Rebecca Wade, Director of Community Development for the City of Knoxville, TN; and Ben Carter of Ben Carter Enterprises, an Atlanta based development firm. Click here for full bios on each speaker.
Recorded at SCAD’s Arnold Hall on May 8, 2014 (97 minutes).