The Slave Dwelling Conference


The Slave Dwelling Conference

 September 18th - 20th, 2014

Coastal Georgia Center
Savannah, Georgia


  • Plenary Speakers
  • A ‘Sacred Places Tour of Slave Dwellings
  • Visual Artist Marketplace Themed on Slave Dwellings 
  • Entertainment - Anita Prather and The Gullah Kinfolk
  • ‘Coming To The Table’ – Healing Sessions from Descendants of
  • Slaves and Slave Owners - Missouri Heritage Foundation

For information about The Slave Dwelling Project, Inc. and their upcoming Community Luncheon sponsored by Historic Savannah Foundation, please visit their website atwww.slavedwellingproject.org



Our MissionOur mission is to identify and assist property owners, government agencies and organizations to preserve extant slave dwellings.

Our Purpose:  To become a clearinghouse for the identification of resources to document and preserve slave swellings throughout the United States.

Our Task:  It is essential that the Slave Dwelling Project serve as a conduit for the identification of preservation resources for owners of slave dwellings that have a desire to save these dwellings for posterity. We also seek to assist in the acquisition of {slave} dwellings within a community in order to mitigate the possibility of demolition.

Our Goal:  To brig historians, students, faculty, writers, legislators, organizations, corporations, artists and the  general  public together to educate and organize resources  to save these important collectibles of  our American  history.


A State of South Carolina nonprofit corporation with a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt application is pending with the Internal Revenue Service.

Website:  www.slavedwellingproject.org  Email:  jmcgill769@gmail.com

Contact Info: (912) 655-1148 Savannah Office

6205 Abercorn, Suite 219, Savannah, GA  31405

Year-End Challenge Grant A Success!

Thank-You-Image-1We asked for your help and you responded! Not only did you meet the year-end grant challenge, you exceeded it. Thank you, most sincerely!

HSF prides itself on making a difference in the community. Our small staff and large volunteer base leverage all available resources to save endangered historic buildings and promote smart planning for Savannah’s future. As the recognized leader of the preservation movement throughout Savannah and Chatham County, we protect and preserve Savannah’s heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement.

With a full year of educational programing and exciting fund raising events, 2014 is off to a great start. Again, thank you!

Consult our website for volunteer opportunities and 2014 calendar details.

Happy New Year!

Pres Fest 2014 (staging page)


This year’s theme, “Raise the Roof,” has a celebratory flavor and features three days of
education, outreach and inspiration. Savannah is set to host the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference in November of 2014, making this year’s Savannah Preservation Festival particularly timely and relevant.
If you’re interested in attending all of the Preservation Festival events this year, consider purchasing an An All-Access Pass, which includes admission to all events as well as a discounted HSF Preserver Membership.


Donovan D. Rypkema – Lecture, Preservation Panel Discussion and Reception

Thursday, May 8
6 p.m.
Donovan D. Rypkema, principal of the Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development consulting firm PlaceEconomics, will discuss the economic impact of historic preservation in Savannah. In 2012, Donovan Rypkema was awarded the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s highest honor, for his significant contributions to historic preservation and economics. Click here to watch the 2012 awards video and read the special lecture he presented. A panel discussion of timely preservation issues and a reception will follow Rypkema’s lecture.


SCAD Adaptive Use Tour

Friday, May 9
10 a.m. – noon
Departing from the Clarence Thomas Center, 439 E. Broad St.
Since its founding in 1978, the Savannah College of Art and Design has demonstrated its deep
commitment to historic preservation by giving new life to many of Savannah’s most significant
landmarks. Today, former educational, industrial, commercial and religious buildings serve as
vibrant classrooms, studios, galleries, and lecture halls. Tour some of SCAD’s signature
buildings, located throughout downtown Savannah.


Preservation Wine Tour

Friday, May 9
6 – 9 p.m.
Locations throughout Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District
Tour five of Savannah’s finest private homes, including HSF Preservation Award-winning
properties, and hear the preservation stories behind these architectural jewels. Sample fine wines
paired with gourmet appetizers during this informative walking tour in the heart of in Savannah’s
Landmark District.


HSF Revolving Fund Presentation and Trolley Tour

Saturday, May 10
10 a.m. – noon
Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 E. Broughton St.
See preservation in action in one of America’s most beautiful cities! This informative
presentation and exclusive tour provides a narrated overview of some of Savannah’s most
impressive preservation success stories, including new projects like the P.J. O’Connor House and
the Major John Berrien House. All of the properties on the tour have been part of HSF’s
Revolving Fund, which has helped save nearly 360 architecturally-significant structures
throughout the city.


Raise the Roof Party

Saturday, May 10
7-10 p.m.
Ships of the Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Celebrate Savannah’s remarkable legacy of preservation at the Raise the Roof Party. Sample cuisine by some of the city’s finest chefs, enjoy live music by Trae Gurley and the The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra and toast the power of preservation. Don’t miss this high-energy soiree, which celebrates the spirit of community.




For more information, please contact preservationfest@myHSF.org or call 912.233.7787.

Federal Funding for Historic Preservation

August 29th, 2013

capitol-hillThose who value historic preservation find ourselves at yet another critical juncture and our voice is needed to ensure the important work to preserve our nation’s historic resources continues unimpeded.

Congress is quickly approaching the end of its fiscal year giving rise to the need to pass legislation that will fund the government and the programs we care about for the next twelve months.  What we have seen for many years is increasing pressure to reduce the deficit by cutting spending for discretionary programs, like the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF).

The HPF is the primary means to ensure appropriate implementation of our nation’s historic preservation laws and the only way to adequately safeguard our historic resources.

The proposed House Interior, and Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014 contains $24.3 billion in funding, which represents a cut of $5.5 billion below FY 2013 enacted levels. The proposed bill would decrease funding for the HPF by 19 percent, a reduction that will result in an inability to protect important historic sites and the immediate loss of American jobs.

Funding these core historic preservation programs represents a basic investment in America’s treasured legacy multiplied many times over through public-private economic partnerships and ventures. Most importantly, funding from the HPF creates jobs and economic opportunities while at the same time ensuring the protection of historic resources that might otherwise be lost forever. The final funding amount for the HPF and other important programs will be determined in large measure by the extent to which Congress hears from the preservation community.

Your assistance is needed to demonstrate support for Federal preservation and conservation programs.  Maximize your impact by contacting your Senators and Representatives directly to express support for strong preservation and conservation programs.

To find contact information for your Senators and Representatives please visit beta.congress.gov/members.

Please refer to America’s Voice for Conservation, Recreation, and Preservation (AVCRP) website www.avcrp.org  for suggested talking points.

From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story

May 6th, 2013

Southwest Chatham Library (14097 Abercorn Street)
Thursday, May 16, 6:30 p.m.

Award-winning writer and preservationist Ron Tanner makes a stop in Savannah, GA to offer a comic monologue about his funny, heart-warming book From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story. Combining romance with history and humor, Tanner tells the true story of how he and his wife bought condemned property — a wrecked former frat house — and restored it to its original Victorian splendor. They knew nothing about fixing up houses when they started. In 2008, THIS OLD HOUSE magazine featured their remarkable work. Tanner’s talk includes an impressive slide show.

Twelve years ago, Ron and his then-girlfriend, Jill, did the impossible. They bought condemned property — a big Baltimore Victorian brownstone — and vowed to bring it back to its original glory. The house had been home to Baltimore’s most notorious fraternity for a decade and now, wrecked and abandoned, it was filled with garbage. As if that weren’t daunting enough: Ron and Jill had been dating for only six months and they knew nothing about fixing up old houses. Friends, family, and concerned onlookers told them not to do it and that they would surely lose their shirts and their love in the bargain.

A story for inspiration-seekers, old house lovers, DIYers, and American dreamers, From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story shows how Ron and Jill learned the hard way — about love and life and saving precious things from ruin. But learn they did: in 2003, they got married in the house. In 2008 This Old House magazine featured their work and then the article went viral online, becoming one of TOH’s most popular postings ever.

Ron and Jill now run a popular website about home renovation: Houselove.org

An award-winning writer and engaging speaker, Ron will show slides and regale listeners with hair-raising and hilarious tales of his adventures as a newbie renovator of a wrecked house. He has since become a licensed house inspector and is now prepared to offer advice and tips, especially for couples who take on DIY projects in their houses, wrecked or otherwise.

Watch the Book Trailer here!

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