First Tuesday Tours of City Hall
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) 651-4212 or emailing Kzacovic@savannahga.gov.
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
Group Tours for school groups (grades K thru 12 and college) and adult groups between 10 and 25 people can be scheduled on demand based on docent availability. Please call (912) 651-4212 or email Kzacovic@savannahga.gov for more information.
Right: City Hall's Council Chambers, January 1906
City Hall Exhibits
Art in the Rotunda is a rotating exhibit in City Hall's first floor Rotunda featuring the work of local artists or highlighting local history. This exhibit is available to the general public Monday-Friday 8:15am-5:00pm, except City holidays.
- March - December 2018, Remembering the Great War: In honor of the centennial anniversary of the signing of the Armistice of World War I, the City of Savannah presents Remembering the Great War. Through generous loans from members of our community and Savannah-area historical institutions, as well as records and artifacts preserved in the City of Savannah Municipal Archives, this exhibit commemorates the contributions and sacrifices made by citizens of Savannah during World War I.
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.
- March - December 2018, Remembering the Great War: our Rotunda exhibit described above is carried into the Chamber
Right: "America's Last Thousand," World War I troops returning home through the Port of Savannah, February 7, 1923, Courtesy of V. & J. Duncan Antique Maps & Prints
Hungry for History Lectures
The Municipal 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 and shared with citizens. The following links will take you to the recordings available through YouTube:
- Presenter: Roger Smith, Director of The Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Inc.
- Recorded: July 30, 2018
- Presenter: Luciana Spracher, Director, City of Savannah Municipal Archives
- Recorded: June 28, 2018
- Presenters: Harry DeLorme, Jr., Curator, and Susan Laney, Curator
- Recorded: May 15, 2018
- Presenters: Lacy Brooks, Historian, and Becky Rowden, Attorney
- Recorded: April 11, 2018
- Presenter: Britni Delinger, Kelly Zacovic, and Luciana Spracher, City of Savannah, Municipal Archives
- Recorded: March 14, 2018
- 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
- Recorded: 5/11/2016
- Presenter: Dr. Lisa Denmark, associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University
- Recorded: 2/26/2016
- Presenter: Dr. Lauren Acker, Department of History & Geography, Georgia College & State University
- Recorded: 9/11/2015
- Presenter: Roger Smith, Director of The Learning Center at Senior Citizens, Inc.
- Recorded: 8/26/2014