Public Programs

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

WWI Troops

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:

Savannah - An Everchanging City

  • Presenter: Bill Durrence, Photographer
  • Recorded: August 21, 2018

Savannah's Literary Legacy

  • Presenter: Roger Smith, Director of The Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Inc.
  • Recorded: July 30, 2018

William Gibbons Preston: A Boston Architect's Imprint on Savannah

  • Presenter: Luciana Spracher, Director, City of Savannah Municipal Archives
  • Recorded: June 28, 2018

Before and After Midnight: The Art of Bonaventure Cemetery

Art of Bonaventure-Harry DeLorme

Before and After Midnight: The Art of Bonaventure Cemetery

  • Presenters: Harry DeLorme, Jr., Curator, and Susan Laney, Curator
  • Recorded: May 15, 2018

The History of Film in Savannah

  • Presenters: Lacy Brooks, Historian, and Becky Rowden, Attorney
  • Recorded: April 11, 2018

World War I Centennial Series: Remembering the Great War

  • Presenter: Britni Delinger, Kelly Zacovic, and Luciana Spracher, City of Savannah, Municipal Archives
  • Recorded: March 14, 2018

World War I Centennial Series: The German Hun in the Georgia Sun, Enemy Aliens in WWI Georgia

  • Presenter: Leisa Vaughn, Historian
  • Recorded: July 28, 2017

World War I Centennial Series: The World's War is Georgia's War, 1917-1919

  • Presenter: Brittany Sealer, Curator and Historian
  • Recorded: June 16, 2017

Charles Cluskey, Savannah’s resident Greek Revival style architect

  • Presenter: Beth L. Reiter, owner of Savannah ArchiTours, specializing in history, preservation and architecture
  • Recorded: May 17, 2017

Colonial Park Cemetery Tour

  • Presenter: Charlotte Landon, program guide at Massie Heritage Center
  • Recorded: May 9, 2017

Commemorating Tomochichi in Savannah

  • Presenter: Dr. Robin B. Williams, chair of the Architectural History Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Recorded: April 26, 2017

Savannah Cotton Exchange Tour

  • 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

"But   what a pretty thing a Rail Road is! – We must have one of our own –   positively!": the Origins of the Central of Georgia Railroad

  • Presenter: Dr. Lisa Denmark, professor of history at Georgia Southern University
  • Recorded: February 27, 2017

William Jay: Savannah’s "Friend to the Fine Arts"

  • Presenter: Tania Sammons, Savannah-based curator and writer
  • Recorded: January 31, 2017

The City of Savannah’s City of Savannah

  • Presenter: Jerry McLaughlin, Project Manager for the restoration of the WWII B-17 City of Savannah
  • Recorded: December 5, 2016

The Wexford-Savannah Axis: Reconnecting Savannah to its Irish Roots

  • Presenter: Brittany Sealey, researcher for the Wexford-Savannah Axis, Center for Irish Research & Teaching, Georgia Southern University
  • Recorded: September 30, 2016

Early 19th Century Urban Slavery in a Mechanic’s Household in Savannah, GA

  • Presenter: Jamie Credle, director of the Davenport House Museum
  • Recorded: August 31, 2016

The Urban Legacy of the Volunteer Militias in Savannah’s Bull Street Corridor

  • Presenter: Dr. Karl F. Schuler, professor of architectural history at Savannah College of Art & Design
  • Recorded: July 15, 2016

Savannah: Square by Square

  • Presenter: Michael Jordan, local historian, author and film-maker
  • Recorded: March 24, 2016

Mayor Malcolm R. Maclean: Servant Leader

  • Presenter: Wade Herring, attorney and Maclean mentee
  • Recorded: 5/11/2016

The State of Chatham: Savannah’s Wet Romp through Prohibition

  • Presenter: Dr. Lisa Denmark, associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University
  • Recorded: 2/26/2016

Remembering Herman Myers: Political Boss or City Father?

  • Presenter: Dr. Lauren Acker, Department of History & Geography, Georgia College & State University
  • Recorded: 9/11/2015

Olgethorpe's England

  • Presenter: Roger Smith, Director of The Learning Center at Senior Citizens, Inc.
  • Recorded: 8/26/2014