Ebb and Flow: Life & Community in Eastern Savannah

Jepson Center May 7 - July 17, 2011

Exhibition Closed July 2011

In celebration of Savannah’s diverse and fascinating characters, the City of Savannah has undertaken an ongoing documentation effort that focuses on the city’s unique neighborhoods, and aims to meld the stories of past and current residents into publications, exhibitions and public programs. Ebb and Flow: Life & Community in Eastern Savannah is the most recent of these documentation projects, and explores the vocations, interests and relationships that shaped the East Savannah, Hillcrest, Pine Gardens, Savannah Gardens and Twickenham neighborhoods.

Telfair Museums has partnered with the City of Savannah to present this exhibition of photographs, ephemera, and documents that map the uncharted history of eastern Savannah. Ebb and Flow will be on view in the Lewis Gallery of Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, and will be accompanied by an online exhibition, lecture series, and 189-page history book.

This exhibition is organized by the City of Savannah and Telfair Museums with the generous support of the Georgia Council for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Savannah Foundation.


Exhibition Opening
May 19, 5 pm,   Jepson Center
Join us for this celebratory event that will include comments from City officials, a book unveiling   and a preview of the exhibition.
Followed by a reception to celebrate the opening of Ebb and Flow and Tradition/Innovation.
Free and open to the public.


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All events at Jepson Center, unless otherwise noted.
All programs are free of charge thanks to project funding from the City of Savannah.
For more information, call 912.651.6417.

Documentary Screening: Ebb and Flow: Life in Eastern Savannah
May 19, 10 am
Using “place-based learning,” historians and journalists took youth participants through a multi-disciplinary workshop that mapped the evolution of the eastern Savannah neighborhood. The documentary represents the work of the youth and melds oral history interviews, contemporary photographs and historic images into a piece that charts the area’s participation in the coastal economy, first as an agrarian interest and finally as the producer of liberty ships. Presented by the City of Savannah and AWOL (All Walks of Life) and funded in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Savannah Foundation.
Due to limited space at the screening, reservations are required. Please call 912.704.3812.

Unveiling: Exhibition and Publication of Ebb and Flow: Life in Eastern Savannah
May 19, 5 pm
Join the residents, author, and contributors of the book, Ebb and Flow: Life in Eastern Savannah, at this celebratory event hosted by City of Savannah and Telfair Museums. Enjoy a book unveiling and a sneak preview of the exhibition featuring documents, historic images, and contemporary photographs exploring eastern Savannah’s evolution. Attendees will receive a free copy of Ebb and Flow: Life in Eastern Savannah, the next in the series of ever-popular city-published histories, in advance of its formal release date in June 2011.

Free Week*
May 23-May 29, Jepson Center
* Jepson Center is open until 8 pm Thursdays.

Lecture: “Keep Off Jim Crow Cars:” Streetcar Boycotts in Savannah by Dr. Martha L. Keber
May 25, 12:30 pm
As early as the 1890s, black Savannahians sought to address the race problem through public conversation, unyielding resistance, and affirmations of identity. Acclaimed author Dr. Martha L. Keber will discuss a series of three trolley boycotts that foreshadowed the events of the long, hot summer of 1963. While tracing parallels between the distant and not-so-distant past, Dr. Keber will guide the audience to a fuller understanding of how slavery’s disappearance forced an explicit reconsideration of public social transactions, both large and small, in eastern Savannah.

Panel Lecture: Great Expectations: Baby Boomers in Eastern Savannah, moderated by Dr. Charles J. Elmore
May 26, 6 pm
Eastern Savannah experienced its own “boom” as its families welcomed new additions in the years following WWII. Their life experience spans some of the more seminal developments in the American experience, such as emerging as a world power and resolving the issue of multiculturalism. Dr. Charles J. Elmore will moderate a discussion in which past and current residents of eastern Savannah discuss their experiences as “boomers,” the generation that changed America.
Ebb and Flow Docent-led Tour
May 27, 1 pm
A tour led by Telfair Museums’ trained docents will provide an in-depth look at the topics and the themes presented in the exhibition, Ebb and Flow: Life & Community in Eastern Savannah, and explored in the publication of the same name.