DH Recognized by the Governor

May 12th, 2010

. . . .The historic house museums which dot our landscape are a testament that the world did not begin when we were born. . . . Dr. Jamil Zainaldin, president, Georgia Humanities Council


On Tuesday, May 11 Savannah’s Davenport House Museum was one of twelve recipients recognized at the 25th Governor’s Award in the Humanities at a ceremony in the Old Georgia Railroad Depot in Atlanta. “The museum was honored for its fifty years plus journey to create an accurate, well-preserved, sustainable, vital and exciting place to learn history. This includes its reinterpretation efforts, the raising of an endowment, its education programs and the energized and growing community of volunteers, staff and supporters who feel a part of and share the fine house museum on a regular basis,” notes the DH director, Jamie Credle . “The Davenport House is in illustrious company as a recipient of the Governor’s Award,” continues Credle. Other coastal Georgia recipients this year are archeologist Rita Folse Elliott of Rincon and the McIntosh County Shouters of Bolden, who ended the award’s program with a benediction of call and response shouting and a ring dance bearing witness to the experiences of their enslaved forebears.

In his remarks Dr. Jamil Zainaldin, president, Georgia Humanities Council, noted the value of the Humanities to “unleash the imagination” and that the awards ceremony celebrates the literature that “expresses the heart and soul of our state”, “the history that hold our feet to the fire,” the archeology that “bears witness to the footprints of our forebears,” etc. Through the years, a notable group of individuals and cultural entities including coastal Georgians Emma Adler, WW. Law, Charles Elmore, the Georgia Historical Society among others, have been honored by the Office of the Governor and the Georgia Humanities Council for their distinguished contributions to the enrichment and diffusion of ideas in the Peach State. In his letter of recognition adding the Davenport House to the list of recipients, Governor Sonny Perdue writes, “The Davenport House Museum has my deepest appreciation for its efforts to enhance the quality of life of Georgia citizens.”

The 25th Governor’s Awards in the Humanities were presented to:

Ms. Carmen Lombarero Bernal, Buford
Mrs. Deborah Ann Sieg Bowen, Blackshear
Ms. Mary Ellen Brooks, Athens
Ms. Rita Folse Elliot, Rincon
Mrs. Robynn Holland, Locust Grove
Ms. Lucy Cline Huie, Jonesboro
Ms. Ellie Loudermilk, Perry
The Davenport House Museum, Savannah
Funk Heritage Center of Reinhardt College, Waleska
McIntosh County Shouters, Bolden

The awards program includes:

Since 1955, the Davenport House Museum, of Savannah, has served as a model for preservation, museum interpretive practices and education programming. In addition, the campaign to save the Davenport House inspired the creation of the Historic Savannah Foundation, which has helped to sustain Savannah’s unique ethic of preservation which communities across Georgia and beyond have subsequently emulated. The Federal-style of a merchant/craftsman, the Davenport House has been carefully restored and authentically interpreted. Its staff, docents, and other volunteers use the home as a stage for a variety of programs about life in 19th-Century Georgia which attract thousands of visitors annually. In addition, the House and its programming have inspired the raising of an endowment, to ensure that the structure and its programming will be offered to future generations.