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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.

 Friends of Massie Lecture


          “Protecting our Streets:
An Update on Historic Pavements in Savannah and Beyond”

Proudly Sponsored by the Massie Heritage Center and the Downtown Neighborhood Association for Savannah


    DATE: Wednesday, October 10 2018, 6:30 - 8 PM

WHAT: Friends of Massie welcomes Dr. Robin Williams back to Massie Heritage Center for their Fall 2018 Friends of Massie History and Architecture Lecture Series. Dr. Williams will build on his sold-out presentation in January 2017 by exploring the significance of Savannah’s street and sidewalk pavement.

From the mid-19th century through the 1920s, a revolution in street and sidewalk pavement helped modernize American cities, including Savannah. As asphalt took over, efforts to preserve and protect historic pavements began to take place around the country as early as 1930. Although Savannah retains a wide variety of pavement types, the city is not at the forefront of protecting this heritage underfoot. Join us as we ask what can Savannah learn from other cities, what needs to be done, and how can we help?

WHO: Robin B. Williams, Ph.D. teaches at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he is the founder and current chair of the Department of Architectural History. Williams has made Savannah the focus of his research for over two decades. From 1997 until 2006, he directed the online Virtual Historic Savannah Project. He is the lead author of the recently published architectural guidebook, Buildings of Savannah, which serves as the inaugural city guide in the Society of Architectural Historians’ Buildings of the United States series. His current research analyses the evolution of street and sidewalk pavement in cities across North America, showcased on his website,

WHERE: Massie Heritage Center
             207 East Gordon Street (corner of Abercorn)
             Savannah, GA 31401

COST: FREE and open to the public

RSVP: General Admission, Doors open at 6:30 p.m., 
          Conversation begins at 7:00 p.m.

*Seating is limited and first come-first served

**Friends of Massie Members are invited to reserve their seats by calling  912.395.5070




 Smithsonian Museum Day


  Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day

Massie Heritage Center will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday September 22, 2018 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

 Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.

 The theme of this year’s Museum Day is Women Making History, honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.

 Museum Day tickets will be available for download at beginning August 15. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at

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 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.


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