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First Tuesday Tours of City Hall
Council Chambers
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
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Artifacts featured in the Small Treasures Exhibit
Art in the Rotunda is a rotating exhibit in City Hall's first floor Rotunda featuring the work of local artists, curated by the Cultural Affairs Department. This exhibit is available to the general public Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm, except City holidays.
  • January - July 2017, Reconstructing the Narrative: Illuminating Savannah's Civil Rights History, Works by Trice Megginson: In the body of work, Reconstructing the Narrative: Illuminating Savannah's Civil Rights History, Megginson looks to the past to find inspiration and to interpret the present.  His work is centered on the social and political history of a place.  Using archival and historical photographs from the Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah preserved in the W. W. Law Collection, he rephotographed the original, depicted locations.  The historical images are then physically pinned onto the contemporary views.  This results in constructed images consisting of layered photographs sharing a physical space that simultaneously show both an untold history of the city and the views one sees today.

History in the Chamber
includes two 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.
  • 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
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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:

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