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RESCHEDULED: Coastal Connections: Savannah and New York in the 19th Century – Online Lecture
January 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online talk with Tania June Sammons
(New Date!) Wednesday, January 4th 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Spanning the 19th century, New York’s influence on Savannah reached nearly everyone in the city and surrounding area, including the enslaved men and women whose labor facilitated the cotton industry before the Civil War. However, the physical interaction between the coastal cities mostly transpired through Savannah’s wealthiest residents, as well as the New York craftsmen who worked in Savannah, and the local retailers who imported New York goods. Coastal Connections: Savannah and New York in the 19th Century focuses on three specific areas of influence: architecture, furniture, and silver. The presentation surveys New York’s impact on each area within Savannah, and provides a broader understanding about the importance of this northern city and state on Georgia’s largest and most important coastal city.
Victorian Society’s Savannah Chapter President Tania June Sammons is an award-winning writer, curator, public historian, and museum specialist who tells stories about people, history, museums, art, and architecture. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history with a minor in studio art from the University of Kentucky, and a Master of Arts degree in American history from Armstrong State University (now part of Georgia Southern University), and attended Newport Summer School in 2013. She has worked for numerous museums, mostly in Savannah, including the Andrew Low House and Telfair Museums, where she served as registrar, curator of the Owens-Thomas House, senior curator of decorative arts and historic sites, and project director for the museum’s Slavery and Freedom in Savannah project. She has published four books, many articles, and curated two dozen exhibitions. Presently she is writing the history of Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy, and a biography about Kahlil Gibran’s patron Mary Haskell Minis.