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Coastal Museums Association

P. O. Box 11362 Savannah, Georgia 31412

www.coastalmuseums.org

Contact:     Sophia Sineath, Vice-President

912-651-2125, ext. 152 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Coastal Museums Association Presents Award for Excellence for Excellence to LAMAR Institute

 

Savannah, GA – June 3rd, 2015. The Coastal Museums Association (CMA) held its second annual CMA Awards of Excellence on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 to recognize the exceptional educational and cultural programming delivered by local museums and cultural institutions during the 2014 calendar year. The event was held at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm.

“The Coastal Museums Association Board was overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of award applicants this year,” said Sophia Sineath, Vice President of the Coastal Museum Association. “It is exciting for us to recognize the excellent work being done by the historical and cultural institutions that make the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry a wonderful place to live and visit.”

The award winners by category are:

Excellence in Education & Interpretation to LAMAR Institute for archaeological excavations at the Isaiah Davenport House Museum. LAMAR Institute staff took advantage of Davenport House Museum’s need to remain open during excavations to educate the general public on archaeological methods and the importance of urban archaeology in reconstructing the past through excavation.

Excellence in Public History to Telfair Museums for “Slavery and Freedom in Savannah,” a national publication, museum exhibition, and three-day city symposium. Building on 20 years of collaborative work by museum professionals, academic historians, and historical archaeologists, “Slavery and Freedom in Savannah” invited people to see a more complete story of Savannah through the lives and histories of non-whites and non-elites.

Excellence in Outreach & Collaboration to City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives for City Hall Student Art Exhibits. Prompted by Mayor Edna Jackson’s request to bring more local art into City Hall and a desire to reach out and engage local youth, the Research Library and Municipal Archives organized art competitions for local high school and college students that resulted in three long term/permanent exhibits in City Hall.

Excellence in Exhibition to Annie Williams for the Bamboo Artifacts Collection at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm. Annie Williams worked diligently to properly identify and describe objects in the Bamboo Artifacts Collection in completion of her graduate certificate in public history from Georgia Southern University. Williams is currently developing an online exhibit to engage the public in her research and findings.

Two Individuals of Excellence awards were given for service excellence above-and-beyond to Christy Crisp at the Georgia Historical Society and Lacy Brooks at the City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives.

The Coastal Museum Association (CMA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization founded in 1984. CMA is comprised of museums and cultural sites from Savannah and the surrounding coastal area. CMA is dedicated to serving its members by providing a forum for networking, discussing issues impacting the museum community, exchanging ideas and experiences, and facilitating professional development. CMA meets from September through June on the first Wednesdays of every month. Museums, cultural institutions, and individuals are encouraged to join our community.


Photographed from left to right: Daniel Elliott and Rita Elliott, LAMAR Institute; Christy Crisp, Georgia Historical Society; Tania Sammons, Telfair Museums; Luciana Spracher and Lacy Brooks, City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives; Annie Williams, Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm.

Photographed from left to right: Daniel Elliott and Rita Elliott, LAMAR Institute; Christy Crisp, Georgia Historical Society; Tania Sammons, Telfair Museums; Luciana Spracher and Lacy Brooks, City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives; Annie Williams, Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm.

 

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May 18, 2015-Savannah, GA.

 


Finding the Battle of Purysburg, April 29, 1779

 

 

Location: Fort Morris Historic Site, 2559 Fort Morris Road, Midway, Georgia 31320

Date and Time: Thursday, May 28, 2015, 6:30-7:30PM


Daniel Elliott, President and Researcher at the LAMAR Institute will make a presentation on their fieldwork and laboratory work on the Purysburg Revolutionary War Battlefield Project.The Public is invited to this archaeology presentation about ongoing search for sites of Revolutionary War battle sites of Purysburg and Black Swamp, South Carolina. While George Washington and the Patriots were busy in the northern colonies, the American Revolution made its way south. Archeologists with the LAMAR Institute discovered extensive evidence of the Battle of Purysburg, South Carolina. The April 29, 1779 battle occurred when British Light Infantry troops and two battalions of the 71st Scottish Highlander Regiment, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel John Maitland, crossed the Savannah River from Abercorn, Georgia and invaded the colonial town of Purysburg. Thousands of additional British troops under command of Major General Augustin Prevost followed the next day. About 220 South Carolina Continental soldiers camping inside and around town manned defensive works, but were no match for the greater number of British troops. The Patriots, under command of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander McIntosh, abandoned their posts at Purysburg and, after joining with Brigadier General William Moultrie’s 1,000 militia troops from nearby Black Swamp, retreated towards Charleston.

 


During five weeks of extensive field work, LAMAR Institute archeologists discovered and mapped the locations of more than 100 musket balls, and several canister shot and explosive shells across the landscape indicating where fighting took place. They also discovered Patriot soldiers’ camps at Purysburg. Archaeologists documented known fortification trenches and also identified and recorded several new fortifications from the Revolutionary battle. The project is being funded by the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program. Archaeologists are now analyzing the artifacts and map data to compile a report that will be available to the public.

 

Quick Facts:

 

  • This is a two-year project with various phases of research, field work, lab work, and report writing.
  • Purysburg, South Carolina became an important location in the American Revolution following the 1778 British shift to the southern theater of the war in Georgia and South Carolina.
  • Following the British taking of Savannah, Georgia in 1778, American Major General Benjamin Lincoln established his headquarters at Purysburg to regroup Patriot forces and hold the Savannah River as the front line.
  • The Patriots established its secondary headquarters at Black Swamp, north of Purysburg.
  • For the next several months, thousands of Patriot troops in the area held a stand-off with thousands of their British counterparts located across the Savannah River at New Ebenezer, Georgia.
  • Prior to the British attempt to take Charleston, South Carolina, British Major General Augustin Prevost’s troops engaged the Patriots in a brief battle at Purysburg.
  • Patriot troops commanded by General Moultrie retreated to Charleston to fortify that town in advance of Prevost’s expected attack there.
  • The 32-year-old LAMAR Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission to promote archaeological research and public education in the southeastern United States.
  • The LAMAR Institute and its associates have been awarded and/or involved in eight NPS American Battlefield Protection Program grants since 2001.

 

For more information or to schedule an interview with archaeologists, please contact Dan Elliott at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (706) 341.7796. For more information about The LAMAR Institute visit www.thelamarinstitute.org

 

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior. The Bluffton Branch Library is not a sponsor of this program.

 


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