Press Releases

Davenport House Celebrates Its People: Making A Difference

June 3rd, 2015

On May 31st at thDHVolunteersTeaching201415e Davenport House’s Annual Spring Garden Party the Davenport House announced that 180+ volunteers donated over 4,200 hours to the Museum between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015. Independent Sector estimates the dollar value per hour for volunteer time in the state of Georgia at $23.07 (2014). This DH volunteer gift of time represents of value of $96,894. “We simply could not operate as we currently do – being open 355 days a year – without our volunteers. What’s more, our volunteers bring us a wealth of skills and experiences that make this Museum a much more vibrant place than it would be otherwise,” explains Jamie Credle, Director, Davenport House.

As the only Savannah house museum that depends as heavily on volunteers in all aspects of its operations including front-line workers, docents and shop volunteers, the DH celebrates and recognizes this good work annually with a party at the end of the busy spring tourist season. “During March, April and May the Museum sees one third of its annual visitation,” says Jamie Credle. “It is at this time of the year that we marvel at the commitment of our community which provides the man-power and woman-power to get the job done,” she continues.

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2015 DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP

May 7th, 2015
Recipients: KATE BOSEN, CATIE MORRIS, CIERRA SMITH

Each year the Davenport House Museum recruits and trains teenagers to become tour guides through two Junior Interpreter (JI) programs – one offered in the summer which is open to any interested student and the other offered in the fall to students through Savannah Arts Academy’s American history classes. These programs have been a proving ground, producing a remarkable number of museum ambassadors who have gone on to become stand-out students in high school and later in college. To acknowledge this record, in March 2011 the Davenport House Endowment Directors initiated a scholarship for an outstanding high school student who demonstrates qualities which put the Museum and its community in the best light. This year the Davenport House Museum recognizes three young people to receive the Davenport House Community Service Scholarship. All graduating seniors associated with the Museum will be recognized at its annual Spring Garden Party which will be held on Sunday, May 31.

The DH has chosen to recognize three young people with its scholarship because the work of each has contributed to the life of the Museum in exemplary ways and each is deserving of recognition for their volunteerism and community service.

Kate Bosen - CopyKate Bosen, daughter of Carmen and Peter Bosen of Savannah, has been involved with the Museum for two-and-a-half years beginning with Savannah Arts Academy/Davenport House Junior Interpreter Training in fall 2012. She was an outstanding participant in the eight-week training program and became a staff docent in the spring of 2013. She works at the Museum on weekends, during the summer and holidays. She is an active volunteer and along with mentoring younger JIs, she has performed in programs and living history activities including Tea with Mrs. Davenport, Tea in the Garden, Dreadful Pestilence: Savannah’s Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820, Lafayette Fête and Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight. This spring’s tea programs will mark her third year as a performer. She is a fine singer and has contributed her vocal talent which has heighted the entertainment value of DH programs. She sang The Marseilles (in French) for last year’s Lafayette Fête, The Revolutionary Tea Song for DH teas, Auld Lang Syne at New Year’s and Oft in the Stilly Night for the Museum’s Yellow Fever program. She has also helped out with fundraisers such as the DH Oyster Roast and hospitalities including the Spring Garden Party and Annual Christmas Party. In the fall she will enter Georgia Tech. “Kate has done everything we have asked her to do. With her adventuresome spirit, she is always willing to try new things if it means helping the DH. She is a dependable museum employee and a joyful volunteer. We get misty thinking of August when she will head off to college,” says DH director Jamie Credle

Catie Morris - CopyCatie Morris, daughter of Ben and Rosemary Morris of Savannah, has been involved with the Museum for two-and-a-half years beginning with Savannah Arts Academy/Davenport House Junior Interpreter Training in fall 2012. She too was a standout participant in the eight-week training program and became a staff docent in the spring of 2013. As a theater major at Savannah Arts Academy, performing is second nature to Catie. She has performed in the Museum’s living history programs Tea with Mrs. Davenport, Tea in the Garden, Dreadful Pestilence: Savannah’s Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 and Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight. This spring will be her third year with DH tea programs. She can perform multiple parts and is available at short or no notice if another performer is unable to participate. “Catie is unflappable and is willing to do the work to put the Museum in its best light,“ says DH Director Jamie Credle. She cheerfully conducts DH tours into the evening for Holley Jolly Trolley Tours or whenever she is asked. In the fall she plans to attend San Diego State University to major in Theater/film and minor in US History and/or Spanish.

Cierra Smith - CopyCierra Smith, daughter of Danielle Gibbions and Craig Smith of Hinesville, GA, has been involved with the Museum for two-and-a-half years beginning with Savannah Arts Academy/Davenport House Junior Interpreter Training in fall 2012. She was an exceptional participant in the eight-week training program and became a staff docent in the spring of 2013. Cierra looked to the Museum’s front-line activities to be of service. She learned gift shop operations and gladly jumps “behind the counter” when asked or needed. And, she is always willing to come in to work. “I wish we had kept track of the number of times, we have called Cierra at the last minute – sometimes at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday or Sunday — to come to work to cover for someone who was ill or could not make their commitment. It is not a small number. She always comes in when she is able,” offers DH Assistant Director Jeff Freeman. She has made herself indispensable as an employee which is a testament to her leadership skills. Cierra continues to volunteer at the DH as a mentor to younger JIs. Her favorite DH program is Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Garden which she has worked for three years making the front desk efficient and cheerful. She plans to attend the US Air Force Academy in the fall.

October 2014 – Dreadful Pestilence: Savannah’s Yellow Fever in 1820

September 1st, 2014
Historic Perspective on an Epidemic and Talking about Yellow Fever in the age of Ebola!
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As the world turns its attention today to the plight of a mysterious and incurable sickness an ocean away, the Davenport House Museum is gearing up to portray a devastating and mystifying fever from 194 years ago. For years, the Davenport House has presented its Dreadful Pestilence living history program in October, offering the public a dramatic presentation on Savannah history. “There is relevance to seeing how people heard about and handled the 1820 yellow fever epidemic when a tenth of the population of the city – over 600 people – succumbed,” offers Jamie Credle, director of the House Museum. While the program’s intention is to entertain, it is also an opportunity for perspective-taking on how Savannahians handled the turmoil.

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Davenport House Receives Grant for Wallpaper Conservation Assessment

July 16th, 2014

Davenport House 23SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Davenport House, the historic Savannah home that sparked the founding of Historic Savannah Foundation, was recently awarded a monetary grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors to assess conservation issues of the wallpaper in the Museum’s entrance hall and stairwell. read more…

2014 Davenport House Community Service Scholarship

May 1st, 2014

IMG_8433 - CopyRECIPIENT – LIANA MOSLEY, SAVANNAH ARTS ACADEMY

Each year the Davenport House Museum recruits and trains teenagers to become tour guides through two Junior Interpreter programs – one offered in the summer which is open to any interested student and the other offered in the fall to students through Savannah Arts Academy’s American history classes. These programs have been a proving ground, producing a remarkable number of museum ambassadors who have gone on to become stand-out students in high school and later in college. To acknowledge this record, in March 2011 the Davenport House Endowment Directors initiated a scholarship for an outstanding high school student who demonstrates qualities which put the museum and its community in the best light. This year the Davenport House Museum recognizes Liana Mosley of Savannah Arts Academy with the read more…

Davenport House Videos Receives Telly Awards

March 26th, 2014

Savannah, GA, March 25, 2014 telly_logo[1]– Two recent documentaries about the Davenport House garnered prestigious Telly Awards.  Both were created for the Museum by Michael Jordan and Nate Nauert of Cosmos Mariner Productions.  With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

• The Silver Telly (the highest level of Telly Award) in the category TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces—Documentary, was captured by “Isaiah Davenport: Portrait of a Master Builder,” a half-hour documentary Cosmos Mariner Productions created for the Davenport House Museum.

• A Bronze Telly, in the category Non-Broadcast Productions—Education (for academic use) goes to “Yellow Fever in Savannah”, a six-minute orientation video Cosmos Mariner Productions created for the Davenport House Museum

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work. Entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, our highest honor. Approximately 25% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Bronze Telly.

Said Cosmos Mariner Productions President Michael Jordan, “It’s a great honor for our work to be recognized by the prestigious Telly Awards. Each of the productions honored represents just one example of the high-quality work we strive to produce for all of our clients, as well as the accurate and enjoyable historical documentaries for which we’re known in the community.”

To find out more about the Telly Awards visit our website at www.tellyawards.com.

You may learn more and see examples of Cosmos Mariner’s work at the company’s website, www.cosmosavannah.com.

 

 

Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight at the Davenport House – December 26 through 30

December 23rd, 2013

037 - Copy“In the Spirit of “Mutual Congratulations, of Feasting and Merriment”

Who: Isaiah Davenport House will present
What: Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight
When: Thursday, December 26 through Monday, December 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Patrons who wish to have a complete experience should be at the Davenport House no later than 8 p.m.
Where: Davenport House is located at 324 East State Street, Savannah – on the corner of Habersham and State Streets at Columbia Square.
Description: The house museum will be open for evening tours exploring the December celebrations of the early 19th century inhabitants of the fine brick home on Columbia Square. Topics will include the meaning of the season, feasting, the Scottish influence on the family, festive attire, treatment of household slaves during holiday time, etc. The Dining Room table will be set for an intimate adult meal for the New Year’s Day celebration and the Drawing Room will be set as if preparing for a dance. Conversations will spotlight music and festive treats including cakes, jellies and syllabub! Docents will be in authentic early 19th century costume.
Features: See the home lit for the evening’s program. Listen to music from the early 19th century. Taste short bread and cider in the garden. Hear the story of early 19th century holiday celebrations from trained docents. At the end of the evening, experience a period dancing demonstration.
Admission: For adults – $10 in advance and $12 at the time of the tour. For children ages 6 – 18 — $6 in advance and $8 at the time of the tour.
Inquiries: For information or to reserve a place, call 912/236-8097 or email info@davenporthousemuseum.org

Museum rules will apply.

“WE AVAIL OURSELVES OF THE SEASON OF MUTUAL CONGRATULATION AND JOY . . . . AND OFFER OUR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE KIND OFFICES OF FRIENDSHIP WHICH GIVE BUOYANCY TO THE SPIRITS AND SMOOTH THE PATH OF LIFE.” Savannah Republican. December 31, 1824.

New Perspective Add to the Fascination: Yellow Fever at the Davenport House in October

August 8th, 2013

101The Davenport House Museum will refresh Savannah’s perception of the deadly 1820 yellow fever epidemic and hopes to entice those interested in the port city’s frightening and fascinating past to attend a performance of the 2013 production of Dreadful Pestilence: Savannah Epidemic of 1820. The program is offered every Friday and Saturday evening in October at 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. Attendees will become involved with a town hall meeting debating the very existence of the fever; see bereaved residents, hear about healing and the unrecorded mortality in the African American community and – new this year – visit a doctor treating an afflicted patient. All of this takes place in and around the 1820s historic house which was nearing completion at the time of the epidemic. “People ask us what could there be new to say about yellow fever year after year,” says Director Jamie Credle of the living history program the museum presents every October. She responds, “Because there is such a wealth of sources and information, there are still unexplored perspectives to the catastrophe. The museum changes the show every year to spotlight something new.” read more…

2013 Davenport House Museum Service Scholarship Announced

April 16th, 2013

RECIPIENTS DARBYSHIRE AND ZETTLER

Each year the Davenport House Museum recruits and trains teenagers to become tour guides through two Junior Interpreter programs – one offered in the summer which is open to any interested student and the other offered in the fall to students through Savannah Arts Academy’s American history classes. These programs have been a proving ground, producing a remarkable number of museum ambassadors who have gone on to become stand-out students in high school and later in college. To acknowledge this record, in March 2011 the Davenport House Endowment Directors initiated a scholarship for an outstanding high school student who demonstrates qualities which put the museum and its community in the best light. This year for the first time, two students will be recognized. The awards presentation will take place at the Davenport House’s Spring Garden party on Thursday, June 6.

Of the scholarship, DH Director Jamie Credle said, “The Class of 2013 is extraordinary with eight graduating seniors currently involved with the Davenport House who are worthy of recognition. However, we were asked to make a decision recognizing two JIs who are vital, smart, enthusiastic, self-less and committed to the museum. Ellie Darbyshire and Rachel Zettler meet the criteria and the DH community is proud to be associated with them.”

008 - Copy (2) - CopySavannah Country Day senior Ellie Darbyshire, daughter Connie and Glenn Darbyshire, came to the Davenport House in the summer of her sophomore year. She has been involved with the DH consistently for three years and her volunteer commitment includes recruiting and mentoring new JIs as well as working with the Yellow Fever and SuperMuseumSunday programs. She is also a staff docent. Of her time at the DH she writes, “I love working at the museum. I have learned so much about Savannah’s history and public relations. I have also gotten the opportunity to meet a lot of amazing people. These past three years have been a wonderful experience that I will never forget.”

In addition to her involvement at the DH, she is Head of Savannah Country Day School Lower School Tutoring, is a member of National Honor Society and is a varsity volleyball athlete. Other community spirited activities include being a member of the American Cancer Society and participating in a mission trip to Guatemala. “Ellie wears her community spiritedness with nonchalance as if everyone has the same level of commitment she does which is certainly not the case. She provides intelligent commentary on tours and can respond with ease to the variety of questions patrons ask when visiting the museum.” Currently, Ellie is weighing college options.

Rachel Zettler, a senior at Savannah Arts Academy and the daughter of Glenn and Patricia Zettler, has been active at DH since her sophomore year 017in high school when she participated in the SAA Junior Interpreter program. Rachel was a standout in her class of fifteen. Shortly after training, she became a staff docent working on weekends at the museum. She trained to work in the DH Museum Shop and has held positions of responsibility with museum events such as the Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight, Yellow Fever and Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Garden. Of her work, DH Director, Jamie Credle offers, “Her maturity and ability to think on her feet have made her the ideal person to staff frontline duties.” Rachel says of her DH work, “My time at the Davenport House has not only helped to prepare me for the future, but also helped me in everyday life. Work as a docent taught me necessary people skills and helped me to become more comfortable and confident in my own skin.”

Her life away from the DH is rich. She is President of the SAA Beta Club and Vice-President of Mastery Mixed Chorus. She has received numerous awards in her arts specialty, chorus including performing with the American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will continue her musical training in vocal performance at Georgia State University in Atlanta in the fall. read more…

Improvements at the DH

October 3rd, 2012

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT BETWEEN THE KENNEDY PHARMACY AND THE DAVENPORT HOUSE

After a long wait the permits are in hand and the construction is beginning on a project to visually link the Kennedy Pharmacy and the Davenport House. The idea for this project germinated in 2000 when Sottile and Sottile created a master plan for the DH campus (the DH and the KP). Time passed and the KP was rehabbed. In 2010 we revisited the “linkage” concept as part of the DH Stakeholders Forum. Community members decided it was still valid and needed – anyone who visits the DH from the lane knows it is needed! Sottile and Sottile graciously agreed to update the design and discussion recommenced on getting the project completed.

The project will include placing permeable pavers in the lane between the DH and KP, adding bluestone to the sidewalk beside the garden and constructing a screen for the AC units and trash cans. With this upgrade the flow between the two buildings will be easier on the eye and more understandable to people utilizing the two buildings. For the next few years, visitors to DH programs and those attending events and weddings will benefit from the project. The long term goal for the museum is to move the shop and office spaces from the lower level of the house into the Kennedy Pharmacy and having the visitor experience begin in the Kennedy Pharmacy with visitors moving daily between the two buildings.

While there are several components to the project, the lane segment has caused the most delay as it is on city property and involves a relatively new idea – at least new to contemporary Savannah. Of it Jonathan Rhangos of Savannah Hardscapes says, “Once complete this will be on the only green lane in Savannah.” Savannah Hardscapes is donating the pavers to demonstrate a test case for their use. Permeable pavers allow the movement of storm water through the surface reducing run off.

Many people have moved this project along including Sottile and Sottile, Bloomquist Construction, Thomas and Hutton Engineering, Savannah Hardscapes, Barlett Tree, John McEllen and the funders — the Davenport House Endowment Directors.

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