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Heritage Center
207 East Gordon Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: (912) 395-5070
FAX: (912) 201-7650

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Heritage Classroom
Go back in time in this authentic replica of a classroom from the 1800s.

 Upcoming Events


  • Student Expo - January 5th, 2019
    at the
    Savannah Mall - 10am - 3 pm
  • Friends of Massie Lecture -
    January 23rd, 2019   
    This Place Matters  
    Speaker - Nick Palumbo
    doors open at  630 pm, 
    lecture begins at 7 pm
  • Georgia Day  Parade 
    February 1, 2019
    For more information contact
    Lisa Landers at 
    Georgia Historical Society  
  • Super Museum Sunday 
    February 10th, 2019 
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May Day Festival - May 1, 2019
    More information to follow

 CMA Award

  Massie Heritage Center Wins
Coastal Museums Association Annual Awards for Excellence

The Coastal Museums Association (CMA) held its fifth annual CMA Awards of Excellence on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, to recognize the exceptional educational and cultural programming delivered by local museums and cultural institutions during the 2017 calendar year.

The Excellence in Exhibition​Award was given to Massie Heritage Center​for the Enslavement to Emancipation: the Struggle for Education, which​ ​tells the story of African American education in Savannah from the early 19th century until the 1960s.  It begins with the “Pioneers of Education”, people like Jane and Catherine Duvaeux, James Simms, James Porter, Mother Matilda Beasley, and Susie King Taylor, who operated clandestine schools here in Savannah when it was illegal to teach a person(s) of color to read or write. The exhibit continues to explore the Freedmen’s schools that were operated here immediately after the Civil War, Massie was one of them for a short period in summer and fall 1865.  These schools were funded by the Freedmen’s Bureau and usually operated by the AMA.  Eventually, most of these schools were incorporated into the Chatham County Public School system in 1872, six years after our local public school system first began in 1866.  .  Finally, the exhibit ends with the story of how a group of brave young men and women integrated two Chatham County schools in 1963.




 Friends of Massie Lecture

Why Historic Preservation
Matters More Than Ever?

Most Savannahians take for granted the National Landmark Status of our downtown area as well as our rich architectural history. A recent article in the Savannah Morning News alerted us to the fragility of this designation as we continue to erode our downtown. What has happened was large scale development, unsympathetic infill construction or additions and deterioration of the Oglethorpe Plan with loss of squares, alleys and historic traffic patterns.

However, Savannah is much more than the downtown area. The Friends of Massie, in partnership with the Downtown Neighborhood Association, sponsor quarterly lectures about history and architecture, and they want to open this preservation discussion to the public. They have invited Nick Palumbo, head of Smart Growth Savannah, to talk about extending historic preservation to other neighborhoods of Savannah and to share with everyone a sometimes-controversial conversation.

Nick Palumbo is an award-winning preservationist and most recently served as the President of the Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent Neighborhood Association. In 2018, Nick spearheaded an effort to create a conservation district for his neighborhood that would prevent historic homes from needless demolition. Following that effort, other neighborhoods have begun to follow suit and the Historic Savannah Foundation honored him with the prestigious Lee and Emma Adler Award for Preservation Advocacy. Nick also completed a multi-year effort to complete a nomination for Ardsley Park's sister Neighborhood Ardmore to the National Register of Historic Places. 

Nick also serves on the board of directors of Scenic America, where he lends his voice to national issues regarding the preservation of the visual character of our roadways, communities, and countryside.

On top of these duties, he also found time this past year to proudly serve as president of the Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent Neighborhood Association, one of Savannah’s historic neighborhoods, where he lives with his wife and six adopted rescue pets.

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Place: Massie Heritage Center
           207 East Gordon Street
           Savannah, GA 31401
Time: 6:30 PM – 8 :00 PM
    (Doors open at 6:30 and
     Talk begins at 7 )

Seating Is limited, so reservations are needed

Please contact Steve Smith Curator, Massie Heritage School at 912-395-5070 for more information.




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