First Tuesday Tours of City Hall
City Hall's Council Chambers, January 1906
Are you interested in learning more about City Hall's history, architecture and art? Join us for our monthly lunch-time tours of City Hall the first Tuesday of each month 12:00pm noon. Tours are free, but space is limited so please register online or by calling (912) 651-6411 or emailing .
Can't make it to the First Tuesday Tour? You can still visit City Hall, and view the first floor rotunda (crowned with a beautiful stained glass dome) and the current "Art in the Rotunda" exhibit. City Hall history booklets are available at the security guard station. City Hall is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.
City Hall Exhibits
From Native Blooms:
The Chicken Lady, acrylic on canvas
Art in the Rotunda is a rotating exhibit in City Hall's first floor Rotunda featuring the work of local artists. This exhibit is available to the general public Monday-Friday 8:15am-5:00pm, except City holidays.
- August - December 2017, Native Blooms, by Carol Lasell Miller: Inspired to take up painting late in life, artist Carol Lasell Miller quickly found the subjects she enjoyed painting most were folks going about their everyday work life. In the exhibit Native Blooms, Miller uses the medium acrylics to capture the beautiful and varied bouquet of individuals that make Savannah so remarkable.
History in the Chamber includes rotating exhibits in City Hall's second floor City Council Chamber featuring artifacts and documents from the City's historical collections which relate to the City government's and the Savannah community's history. These exhibits are available to the general public on Council Meeting days (every other Thursday) or during our First Tuesday Tours of City Hall.
- June - December 2017, Small Treasures: In Savannah you can find surprises and treasures around every corner, including through our community's many cultural heritage organizations, themselves treasure chests full of riches. Small Treasures brings together a unique sampling of artifacts from eight of Savannah's premier cultural institutions. Each "small treasure" has a unique story to tell, and together all highlight Savannah's rich and diverse history.
Small TreasuresGroup Programs are available for groups of 10+ through the end of the 2017. The program includes a presentation with more detailed stories about featured items from the exhibit, plus a viewing of the exhibit in the Council Chamber. To schedule your group, contact Luciana Spracher at (912) 651-6411 or .
- November 2016 - December 2017, Remembering George K. Gannam: Savannah's First World War II Casualty: Featuring artifacts and documents from the George Karam Gannam collection, this exhibit remembers the life and loss of Staff Sergeant George K. Gannam, Savannah's first World War II casaulty, killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Hungry for History Lectures
World War I Centennial Series Lecture, June 2017 The Library & Archives hosts local history lectures for City employees to encourage a greater understanding of the community we serve. We often record these lectures so they can be reviewed by employees again and shared with citizens. The following links will take you to the recordings available through YouTube:
Presenter: Leisa Vaughn, Historian
Recorded: July 28, 2017
Presenter: Brittany Sealer, Curator and Historian
Recorded: June 16, 2017
Presenter: Beth L. Reiter, owner of Savannah ArchiTours, specializing in history, preservation and architecture
Recorded: May 17, 2017
Presenter: Charlotte Landon, program guide at Massie Heritage Center
Recorded: May 9, 2017
Presenter: Dr. Robin B. Williams, chair of the Architectural History Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design
Recorded: April 26, 2017
Photography: Sam Beetler, Conservation Coordinator, City of Savannah, Department of Cemeteries
Tour Guide: E. Rick Willis, Secretary, Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M.
Photographed: March 23, 2017
Presenter: Dr. Lisa Denmark, professor of history at Georgia Southern University
Recorded: February 27, 2017
Presenter: Tania Sammons, Savannah-based curator and writer
Recorded: January 31, 2017
Presenter: Jerry McLaughlin, Project Manager for the restoration of the WWII B-17 City of Savannah
Recorded: December 5, 2016
Presenter: Brittany Sealey, researcher for the Wexford-Savannah Axis, Center for Irish Research & Teaching, Georgia Southern University
Recorded: September 30, 2016
Presenter: Jamie Credle, director of the Davenport House Museum
Recorded: August 31, 2016
Presenter: Dr. Karl F. Schuler, professor of architectural history at Savannah College of Art & Design
Recorded: July 15, 2016
Presenter: Michael Jordan, local historian, author and film-maker
Recorded: March 24, 2016
Presenter: Wade Herring, attorney and Maclean mentee
Presenter: Dr. Lisa Denmark, associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University
Presenter: Dr. Lauren Acker, Department of History & Geography, Georgia College & State University
Presenter: Roger Smith, Director of The Learning Center at Senior Citizens, Inc.