2016 Race (staging page)








Included in Fleet Feet’s Fabulous 14 Run Series, our 5k and 10k awe-inspiring route highlights five historic neighborhoods: The Landmark District, Victorian District, Thomas Square Street Car, Ardsley Park Chatham Crescent, and Daffin Park/ Parkside neighborhoods.

The Seacrest Partners Race for Preservation is a family friendly event and a perfect way to support your community while having fun. HSF and our race title sponsor, Seacrest Partners, aim to educate runners, spectators and the general public about the importance preservation by showcasing its impacts along the race route in five historic neighborhoods. We are excited to announce Chatham Orthopaedic Associates will be teaming up with HSF– serving as the 2016 Official Race Mentor! Doctors and staff from COA will be on site, pre and post-race, offering prevention and recovery consultations.

We invite and encourage companies to participate in our race to promote a healthy lifestyle among staff–assemble a team today—registration discounts are given to groups who register as a team with 10 or more runners.

Registration is open through February 26th. Late registrations will be available during the packet pick up at Fleet Feet Savannah on Waters Avenue on Friday, February 26th, 2016 from 10AM-6 PM.

Race registration fees are structured to offer savings for early birds, military, first responders, and students as well as rates for groups with a minimum of 10 race participants. All race proceeds benefit the ongoing work of HSF. By supporting this race you demonstrate your commitment to preserving and protecting what makes Savannah special.

Proudly brought to you in partnership with:

Title Sponsor


Gold Sponsors – $5,000

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Silver Sponsor – $2,500

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Bronze Sponsors – $1,000
Sponsor-Brasseler  Sponsor GA Power


Finish Line Patrons – $250
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Community Partners


If you are interested in Sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 Race for Preservation please contact Frances C. Colón at 912.233.7787 or fcolon@myhsf.org.

We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the starting line!


Support our Annual Appeal!

HSF1501 annual report coverIf you’ve ever wondered what preservation in action looks like, just gaze upon the array of HSF’s activities reflected in this 2015 Annual Report. And if you’ve ever questioned the value of historic preservation, just imagine what Savannah would look like if HSF had not been working so hard over the past 60 years. In a word, it’s remarkable.

Historic Savannah Foundation is unlike a lot of other advocacy organizations. We don’t just lob in comments from the “peanut gallery.” We put our own money on the line and we directly intervene to make a measurable difference. We don’t live in theory; we live in reality—in the here and now. So when HSF uses its Revolving Fund to save endangered historic buildings on Whitaker Street and Meldrim Row; when HSF hosts the National Preservation Conference for an unprecedented third time; and when HSF helps rehabilitate facades along Broughton Street…we’re improving Savannah and making a measurable difference. And that’s just in the last year alone. When you couple that with what we’ve accomplished over our 60-year history, it is more than remarkable…it’s transformational.

And whom do we have to thank for this record of achievement? You — our members, supporters and volunteers. Take a victory lap! You’ve earned it. But when you come back around, be aware that plenty of work awaits us. So don’t rest on your laurels, but chip in and give us a hand. We need your continued financial support to continue our successes well beyond our 60-year mark.

Thanks and congratulations for making 2015 so remarkable.


Daniel G. Carey
President & CEO
Kathy Horne
Chair, Board of Trustees

Rosenwald: a film by Aviva Kempner


Meet director, Aviva Kempner
Saturday, November 21st, 7:30 pm
Regal Eisenhower Square 6
1100 Eisenhower Drive

Aviva Kempner’s “Rosenwald” is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, son of an immigrant peddler who never finished high school but rose to become president of Sears. Influenced by the writings of educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities in the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

“Rosenwald” sheds light on this silent partner of the Pre-Civil Rights Movement. Rosenwald awarded fellowship grants to a veritable Who’s Who of African American intellectuals and artists of the day so they could pursue their scholarship and art. They included: Marian Anderson, James Baldwin, Ralph Bunche, W. E. B. DuBois, Katherine Dunham, Ralph Ellison, John Hope Franklin, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Gordon Parks, Jacob Lawrence and Augusta Savage along with Woody Guthrie.

Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.

The list of prominent alumni and educators who attended Rosenwald Schools include Tony Award winning playwright George Wolfe, poet Maya Angelou, U.S. Representative John Lewis, Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post and the ancestors of Loretta Lynch (US Attorney General) and law professor Anita Hill. Skip Gates writes in Finding Oprah’s Roots, Oprah’s ancestor Amanda Bullocks became a trustee of the Buffalo Rosenwald School in Attala County, Mississippi.

The film features interviews with Maya Angelou, Julian Bond, Rita Dove, Cokie Roberts, Eleanor Roosevelt Seagraves and more!

For more information about showtimes, click here!

Savannah Square by Square


In 1733, Georgia’s founder James Oglethorpe laid out a new kind of city in the midst of a virgin forest.

The unique city plan Oglethorpe created– a repeating pattern of squares encircled by homes and public buildings– has provided a template for close to three centuries of growth.
Today there are 22 historic squares in downtown Savannah, adorned with stately mansions, soaring church spires, magnificent monuments, and hundreds of historic homes. More than 12 million people visit Savannah each year to stroll through the squares and soak up the ambiance of the moss-draped live oaks and sun-dappled azalea bushes. Yet no one has produced a coffee table book about the squares since 1986 . . . until now.
Now a team of five creative Savannahians has come together to create Savannah Square by Square, a visually stunning coffee table book that combines beautiful photographs of the squares with lively, historically accurate stories about these unique Savannah treasures. Artfully rendered pen and ink drawings complete the picture.
We are delighted to have teamed with Historic Savannah Foundation to publish the first edition, which will be released in December 2015, and may be purchased now through December 11, 2015 at a pre-publication discounted rate.
“Too often we think that just because a subject has been written about—even several times—that the subject is dead. Well, that’s hardly the case with Savannah Square by Square. This new book by Mick McCay and Michael Jordan is a refreshing and respectable guide to Savannah’s most treasured resource—the Oglethorpe Plan and its famous squares. Outstanding photography is coupled with thoughtful commentary, and this can only help deepen the appreciation of Savannah for both visitors and residents. We need more such books about Savannah that ask a bit more of the reader in terms of how they understand, enjoy and respect the unique resource it is.”

- Daniel Carey, President & CEO, Historic Savannah Foundation.



Click here to preview pages from the book.

2015 HSF Annual Meeting


The evening will feature the debut of Savannah Square by Square, a new coffee-table book created by artist Mick McCay and author/historian Michael Jordan, and published by HSF. Advanced copies will be available for pre-order at a discounted rate. Michael Jordan will deliver the keynote address, followed by a reception. The Annual Meeting will include the election of officers and new members to the Board of Trustees.


When: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Where: Soho South Café | 12 West Liberty St. (MAP IT)
Time: 6:30 pm

The HSF Board of Trustees adopted an amended version of HSF’s Bylaws during its August 26, 2015 meeting. The changes include:

  • Allowing the Chair of the Board of Trustees to select who chairs the Nominating Committee
  • Requiring a 2/3 majority vote by the Board of Trustees to modify the bylaws (previously required a simple majority)
  • Updating and correcting indemnification provisions per prevailing state law
  • Correcting minor text to achieve consistencies in use such as he or she, Chair vs. Chairman, etc.
    This event is made possible by the Edward F. Downing Fund and is free and open to the public.

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