Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in Savannah with us
Sue Adler is President and CEO of the Historic Savannah Foundation.
May is National Historic Preservation Month, which is always an exciting month for the team here at Savannah Historical Foundationas well as our members, supporters and community stakeholders who believe in our mission to save buildings, places and stories that define Savannah’s past, present and future.
However, this year’s observance of Preservation Month is particularly significant, as it is the first time in two years that we have been able to commemorate the month and celebrate in person.
The 2020 and 2021 celebrations were held virtually, due to security concerns related to COVID-19. While everyone involved did an exceptional job of marking the occasion as best they could with the help of technology, we certainly missed coming together in person to celebrate all the impacts and significance of the historical preservation in our beautiful city.
So we’re back and better than ever for May 2022 with a whole series of exciting events designed to highlight recent achievements in historic preservation and signify our investment in the future. Additionally, we are pleased with the collaborative efforts within the community that we have worked hard to establish.
The City of Savannah has become an invaluable partner in our quest to protect and maintain the host city’s historic assets and status. In fact, I am honored to appear before City Council on May 12 to present a Historic Preservation Month proclamation for Mayor Van Johnson to sign. The support from city leaders has been tremendous and we look forward to continuing this beneficial collaboration.
We cordially invite the community to join in the fun and celebrate with us at our three in-person events in May.
We have the Preservation Awards Ceremony and Reception at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 at the Charles H. Morris Center, where we will enjoy a brief presentation, food trucks, wine and beer, and an opportunity to mingle and network.
Our Realtors’ Historic Preservation Leadership Course, Friday, May 13 at the Thompson Hotel, offers realtors and those working in related fields a chance to earn CEU credits while learning to become better-informed stewards historic properties.
To wrap up the month, our Wine and Trolley Tour on Friday, May 20 at 5 p.m. begins at the Green-Meldrim House with wine, appetizers and live music from the Bay Street Cabaret. Then, participants ride on carts traveling through two different loops, each containing various stops at HSF Revolving Fund properties.
While it’s always fun to get together with friends to enjoy social events and celebrate progress, it’s important to remember why we are here and how we got here. Historic preservation work is never done, and this journey must continue indefinitely. We are delighted to take a glowing look at the many wonderful preservation-related achievements that have come to fruition, but we cannot afford to stop. As long as there is a past, there is a need for historical preservation – and it’s much broader than most people realize.
Of course, preservation applies to things like neighborhoods and neighborhoods, cemeteries, infrastructure, and architecture. It also includes modest structures, the creation of places like house museums and even private homes and businesses housed in historic buildings.
Today’s preservation movement is increasingly diverse – as evidenced by HSF’s recent launch of an affordable housing initiative – and must continue this far-reaching progress to maintain its momentum. And that means the opportunities for participation are nearly endless.
Anyone can be a historical curator. Generally, yes, we are genuinely passionate about the past – but that’s because it’s a way to responsibly anchor the community as it surely moves forward into an exciting future. Through historic preservation, we revitalize neighborhoods, safeguard landmarks, protect unique buildings and sites, spur economic development, unite people in a common cause, and truly improve communities. Are you ready to join us? Please visit myhsf.org today to learn more about involvement.