Georgia Historical Society to Celebrate Construction Launch of the Research Center Renovation and Expansion Project

Savannah, Ga., August 15, 2019 –  The Georgia Historical Society and its construction partners JTVS Builders, Inc. and Lynch Associates Architects are pleased to announce the construction launch of the renovation and expansion project during a private media event at the GHS Research Center in Savannah.

Speakers will include Walter M. “Sonny” Deriso, Chairman of the GHS Board of Curators; Michelle Gallagher, Vice President, The Delta Air Lines Foundation; and Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society.

Dedicated in 1876 as a permanent building for the Georgia Historical Society, Hodgson Hall serves as the Reading Room, archival processing space, and offices of the Research Center. Designed by the American Institute of Architects founder Detlef Lienau, Hodgson Hall is one of the oldest purpose-built library buildings in the U.S. and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was a gift of Margaret Telfair Hodgson and Mary Telfair as a memorial to William B. Hodgson, a prominent Savannah citizen, American diplomat, and scholar of Eastern cultures.

In 1970, the Georgia Historical Society added the Abrahams Annex, a much-needed modern archival addition in which to store its many treasures. Named in memory of Edmund H. Abrahams, lawyer-historian of Savannah, the Abrahams Annex represented the first physical expansion of GHS in over 90 years.

The current renovation and expansion project will enable GHS to continue to fulfill its mission to collect, examine, and teach Georgia history for generations to come and is supported in part by a generous gift from The Delta Air Lines Foundation.

What:Media launch of the renovation and expansion of the GHS Research Center in Savannah
Where:501 Whitaker Street, Savannah, GA 31401
When:Monday, August 19, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m.

The press is invited to attend. For additional information regarding this event please contact Patricia Meagher, Director of Communications, at 912-651-2125, ext. 153, on cell at 434-996-7085, or by email at


Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the premier independent statewide institution responsible for collecting, examining, and teaching Georgia history. GHS houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation.
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Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, JTVS Builders, Inc. is an award-winning general contracting firm based in Savannah, Georgia specializing in commercial, hospitality, institutional, industrial, and historic preservation construction. With a diverse portfolio of experience, JTVS Builders has established itself as a construction leader in the Lowcountry.

Lynch Associates Architects, PC is an award-winning architecture firm founded in 2005 by Rebecca and Andrew Lynch. Based in Savannah, Georgia, LA2 specializes in architecture and planning, with a focus on urban adaptive reuse, commercial, mixed use multifamily, institutional and civic projects. The small firm size and direct project involvement by the principals allows Lynch Associates to provide their expertise in design, construction documentation, and project management from the initial concept through the project’s completion.