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Oldest cultural institution in Georgia

Just when you think you've visited every museum worth visiting, you discover another one...and... read more

Reviewed March 12, 2019
Taylor B
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Chicago, Illinois
Great Resources for Georgia Genealogy/History

The library of The Georgia Historical Society has a massive collection of resources from Colonial... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2017
robert_whittaker
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Piedmont, South Carolina
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Reviewed March 12, 2019

Just when you think you've visited every museum worth visiting, you discover another one...and another one. The Georgia Historical Society is one you shouldn't miss. Located at 501 Whitaker Street, at the north end of Forsyth Park, at the southwest corner of Gaston and Whitaker Streets, in the heart of Savannah, Georgia, it was chartered in 1839 and is the oldest cultural institution in Georgia and one of the oldest historical organizations in the United States. It houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation. And did I mention the building? Designed by architect Detlef Lienau, the Gothic style structure dates to 1876. Architecture buffs will be impressed by the entranceway, woodwork, three-story ceiling and period gas lights. It is home to a research library and a priceless collection of historical documents and artifacts. It also is the source for most of the historical research done in Savannah.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2017

The library of The Georgia Historical Society has a massive collection of resources from Colonial Georgia to present. Plan on a couple of days to learn the system and how to find information. The building is a treasure in its self. Check the hours the library is open as the library hours are limited. The employees are helpful to orient one to the system but not to find it for you. Have made several visits. Take a sweater.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank robert_whittaker
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Reviewed April 4, 2017

At the north end of Forsyth Park (a must see attraction), this interesting building has an outstanding library interior with three-story ceiling and even period gas lights. Architectural buffs will like a stop here.

For anyone with a Georgia connection, this is the one-stop resource, with an extensive collection of Georgia historical documents. #genealogy

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed October 3, 2016

This is a beautiful building which now houses priceless books of historical value to Georgia. My grandchildren were wanting to meet Dr. Stan Deaton who does historical spots for PBS that they see in school. The lady at the desk was helpful in making that happen for them. They not only got to meet him but had their photo taken with him as well. It made their day!

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Cheryl K
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Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

While visiting Savannah we arranged a trip to the historical society for our girls. They had a great time seeing artifacts and learning about some of Georgia's history.

Date of experience: August 2016
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