Preservation Georgia online, Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2004

Preservation Georgia Online September 27 October 1, 2004
In this issue: Introduction to Section 106 workshop in Savannah - November 17 HPD/DNR establishes new Underwater Archaeology Station in Savannah Centennial Farms to be honored at Georgia National Fair See Historic Harmony Church on HGTV Calls for papers Positions available in Georgia New additions to the Preservation Events Calendar Subscription Information
Introduction to Section 106 workshop in Savannah
Introduction to Section 106: A Workshop for Successful Project Review will be presented by the Historic Preservation Division and the Metropolitan Planning Commission.
What Will Be Covered? Overview of Section 106 process, historic resources, assessing National Register eligibility, assessing effects, documentation requirements for timely review, case studies
Who Should Attend? Local government staff, federal and state government staff, elected officials, planners, consultants, local government grant writers, etc.
When? Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Where? Metropolitan Planning Commission, 110 E. State Street, Savannah
RSVP: Melina Vasquez, Historic Program Assistant with the Historic Preservation Division, at 404-651-6452 or with your name, organization and phone number. Seating is Limited!
HPD/DNR establishes new Underwater Archaeology Station in Savannah
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Historic Preservation Division has established the new Underwater Archaeology Station in Savannah, Georgia. The office has been created through an innovative partnership between Georgia Southern University's Applied Coastal Research Laboratory, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and DNR. The new office on Skidaway Island will focus on conservation, recreation, and research on publicly-owned archaeological sites on state lands and water bottoms.

This is the first university system/state partnership of its kind for a state underwater archaeology program and as DNR Underwater Archaeologist Jason Burns states, "is a natural fit, because the center of marine sciences for Georgia is here on Skidaway Island. DNR's ability to work with the University System in this new endeavor will add tremendous value for Georgia citizens."
The new office has already received a grant from the National Park Service to conduct underwater archaeology investigations on the Ogeechee River in Bryan County focusing on the area near Ft. McAllister State Historic Park and is currently seeking funding to conduct another underwater survey in St. Catherines Sound. Dr. Clark Alexander, Professor of Geology at the Skidaway Institute and Director of the Applied Coastal Research Lab, foresees great potential in this partnership that will, in his words, "create synergies that enhance the abilities of both the University System and DNR to carry out their missions of research, conservation and public education".
Burns is interested in speaking with anyone who knows of any sites in Georgia's waterways. You may contact him directly at or 912-5983346. Information on Georgia's new underwater archaeology program and coastal archaeology office can be found online at
Centennial Farms to be honored at Georgia National Fair
The 2004 Georgia Centennial Farm Award ceremony will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8, 2004, at the opening day of the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia. The Centennial Farm Program honors significant farms that have been continuously operating for over 100 years and deserve recognition for their historical importance. The ceremony will begin with a luncheon followed by the awards presentation. This year's guest speaker will be State Representative Robert Ray, Chairman of the House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee. To attend the ceremony, please contact Donna Rocker of the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation at 478-474-8411. The cost of the luncheon is $15.
During its twelve years in existence, the Georgia Centennial Farm Program has recognized more than 250 farms from around the state. The program is administered by the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and sponsored by HPD, Georgia Farm Bureau Federation, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Forestry Commission, and the Georgia National Fair and Agricenter. Application forms and more information, including this year's honorees, is available at
See Historic Harmony Church on HGTV

Harmony Church, a former Revolving Fund property of The Georgia Trust, will be featured this October on an episode of HGTV's Building Character. The show highlights properties that have been transformed into one-of-a-kind private homes and the owners who rehabilitated them. New owners Tammy and Gerald Northcutt of Riverdale have done extensive work to transform the church into their new home, complete with floorto-ceiling bookcases and a kitchen nook.
Located in Senoia, the 1896 Harmony Church was built by a Universalist congregation that came to Coweta County from South Carolina. Last used regularly in the 1980s, the surviving members of the congregation donated the church to The Georgia Trust's Revolving Fund in 2002. The vernacular religious architecture of the 1,450-sq.-ft. church has been retained, as have its original windows, doors and hardwood floors. While the pews and pulpit were removed, the interior is still paneled entirely in wood. Find out more about how the Northcutts turned a historic church into a beautiful and unique residence on Building Character, premiering Wednesday, October 6 at 8 p.m. The program will also air Thursday, October 7 at 12:30 a.m., Sunday, October 10 at 10:30 p.m. and Monday, October 11 at 2:30 a.m. EST. For more information on Harmony Church, visit
Calls for papers
Vernacular Georgia is pleased to announce the Douglas F. Seymour Prize in Vernacular Scholarship. This is an annual $500 prize to be awarded to the best paper produced by an undergraduate or graduate student on a topic addressing the vernacular in the built environment of Georgia. Vernacular, meaning both the range of ordinary structures from houses to strip-malls, as well as broader cultural landscapes, or groupings of buildings and other aspects of the built environment, as well as studies which treat what might be considered "hi-style" buildings in a manner that addresses their human component--be they related to issues such as gender, race, politics, economics, or culture generally.
Judging will be based on three components: Content (what the essay says), Research (how well facts and interpretations are uncovered), and Writing (how it says it). Students MUST present a version of the paper at the annual Vernacular Georgia paper session in order to win. This coming year the paper session will be part of the Georgia Association of Historians annual meeting to be held in Columbus, April 8-9, 2005. The prize committee will consist of the Vernacular Georgia board. Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2005. Please submit 7 copies of the paper to: Daves Rossell, Chair, Vernacular Georgia, c/o Department of Architectural History, Savannah College of Art and Design, PO Box 3146, Savannah, Georgia 31402-3146. E-submissions, and any questions are also welcome to:
Positions available in Georgia

Archaeologist, FT, for central GA, Masters degree preferred with 10 yrs. exp. Requirements: proof of report writing skills, field sampling, data collection, cataloging. FAX resume to 352-332-5539. EOE.
Atlanta-based environmental consulting firm needs full-time Historian to conduct historic resource field surveys, apply National Register Criteria of Eligibility and document compliance with Section 106 primarily in support of NEPA reviews of federally-funded transportation projects. Position requires a graduate degree in historic preservation or a degree in history/historic preservation with minimum two years experience. Good communication and organizational skills required. Comprehensive benefits package includes vacation, sick and holiday pay; health, dental, disability and life insurance; and 401k. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For consideration, forward cover letter and resume to: History Department, 4480-H South Cobb Drive #466, Smyrna, GA 30080-6984.
New additions to the Preservation Events Calendar
Check the Events Calendar at for complete listings by date. Please note that items on the "Preservation Events Calendar" are events and meetings of interest to preservationists. It is not to be used for the detailed scheduling of meetings with HPD staff without contacting those individuals directly.
October 4 Hills and Dales Estate Grand Opening to the Public LaGrange 706-8823242 -
October 7 - Battle of Savannah lecture series: The Haitian and African American Perspective, by Dr. Charles Sizemore Coastal Heritage Society Savannah 912651-6840 or
October 9-10 Battle of Savannah Reenactments and Commemoration ceremony Coastal Heritage Society Savannah 912-651-6840 or
October 16 - Chief Vann House 200th Anniversary & Cherokee Homecoming - Chief Vann House State Historic Site - near Chatsworth, GA - contact Jeff Stancil or Julia Autry at 706-695-2598 -
October 21 - Tammy Harden Galloway will discuss her book, Dear Old Roswell: The Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell - Atlanta-Fulton Public Library - 404-7301896
October 21 - "New Classicism: the Rebirth of Traditional Architecture" lecture and book signing by Elizabeth Dowling, Georgia Tech - Atlanta Preservation Center - 404-6883353, ext. 11

October 22 - Modern Architects panel discussion - Atlanta Preservation Center - 404688-3353, ext. 11
October 24 - Ancients and Moderns Home Tour - Atlanta Preservation Center - 404688-3353, ext. 11
November 17 Introduction to Section 106 workshop Historic Preservation Division Savannah 404-651-6452 or
February 17-18 - Southern Garden Heritage Conference - State Botanical Garden Athens - or phone 706-542-1244
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