Inscription. Founded 1839
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
|1. Georgia Historical Society Marker|
The Georgia Historical Society, founded May 24, 1839, is one of the oldest historical societies in the country. Among it founders were L.K. Tefft, the noted autograph collector; William Bacon Stevens, historian, physician and prelate, and Dr. Richard D. Arnold, who as Mayor of Savannah, formally surrendered the City to General Sherman in 1864.
The Presidents of the Society have included John Macpherson Berrien, Attorney General under President Jackson and United States Senator; James M. Wayne, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; and Henry R. Jackson, jurist, soldier, diplomat and poet.
Hodgson Hall, the home of the Society, is a repository for books, newspapers and manuscripts relating to the history of Georgia. Dedicated in 1876, the building was a gift of Margaret Telfair Hodgson and Mary Telfair as a memorial to William Brown Hodgson, the distinguished scholar of Oriental languages and United States Dragoman and Consul to the Barbary States and Turkey.
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-13.)
Location. 32° 4.226′ N, 81° 5.786′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is
at the intersection of Whitaker Street and Gaston Street, on the right when traveling south on Whitaker Street. Click for map. Marker is located near the northwest corner of Forsythe Park. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
|2. Hodgson Hall, the home of the Georgia Historical Society, and Marker|
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Armstrong Junior College (about 400 feet away, in a direct line); Savannah's Marine Corps Memorial (about 400 feet away); Former Home of Henry R. Jackson (about 400 feet away); Comer House (about 600 feet away); Pulaski Monument (about 600 feet away); Casimir Pulaski (about 700 feet away); Forsyth Park (about 800 feet away); Congregation Mickve Israel (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
Also see . . . Georgia Historical Society Official Website. About GHS: The Georgia Historical Society, headquartered in Savannah, is the oldest cultural institution in the state and one of the oldest historical organizations in the nation. (Submitted on March 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,426 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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