Public Programs

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) 651-6411 or emailing Lspracher@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

Right: City Hall's Council Chambers, January 1906

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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:

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 Beck 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

Before and After Midnight: The Art of Bonaventure Cemetery

Art of Bonaventure-Harry DeLorme

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