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.
SAVANNAH, 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…
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…
Savannah, GA, March 25, 2014 – 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.
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 email@example.com
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.
The 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…
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.”
Savannah 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 in 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…
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.
DREADFUL PESTILENCE: Savannah’s Yellow Epidemic of 1820 – at the Davenport House
The October living history presentation at the Davenport House marks the tenth consecutive year the Museum has presented a theatrical production intended to amplify and showcase Savannah history in creative and thrilling ways.
“It is our responsibility to present the story of the port city of the 1820s,” explains DH Director Jamie Credle. “This is a decade little known by most people, and we have to do it in appealing ways. For our programs,” she adds, “our Museum has to find and serve an audience.”
And according to Credle, the Museum found that audience right outside its front door.
Savannah Christian Prep’s Carlie Ayn Williams
Over the past years the Davenport House Museum has produced a notable number of Junior Interpreters (JIs) who have gone on to become stand-out students in high school and later in college. To acknowledge this record, the Davenport House presents a scholarship annually to an outstanding high school student who demonstrates qualities which put the museum and its community in the best light. This year’s award will be presented to Savannah Christian Preparatory School senior Carlie Ayn Williams at the Davenport House’s Annual Garden Party on Thursday, June 7th. The Davenport House Endowment Director’s initiated the scholarship program in 2011. The Critz Family is the sponsor of the 2012 Davenport House Service Scholarship.
The Davenport House (DH) began the Junior Interpreter program in March 2003 to provide an educational and a service-oriented program for students in grades nine through twelve. During summer 2003 the first group of JIs completed training and began giving tours of the museum house. In the fall of 2005 the Davenport House and Savannah Arts Academy began offering the JI program in the evening to sophomore American history students. Since 2003 over one hundred and forty young people have participated in the DH’s JI programs. read more…