Massie Heritage Center to Receive Roger K. Warlick Local History Achievement Award from Georgia Historical Society

Savannah, Ga., July 21, 2016 – The Georgia Historical Society announced today that it has selected Massie Heritage Center as the recipient of the 2016 Roger K. Warlick Local History Achievement Award in Media for its film Massie School: A Cradle of Public Education.

The ten-minute film, created by documentary filmmakers Michael Jordan and Dan Kurtz for Massie Heritage Center, features interviews with former students and a glimpse into Massie’s rich history.  Viewers can tour the school with former students Howard Morrison and Stratton Leopold, relive May Day celebrations with alumna Philippa Paddison, and learn about the formation of “Friends of Massie” and their work to establish Massie as a heritage education site from noted preservationist and Friends of Massie founder, Emma Adler.

“In making the site film we wanted to share the rich history of Massie School with the public and how it came to be a heritage center operated by the Savannah Chatham County Public School System,” said Steve Smith, Curator at Massie Heritage Center. “We are honored that the Georgia Historical Society has chosen this film to be awarded such as prestigious honor.”

“Creating this film for Massie Heritage Center was a real joy and privilege,” added Jordan. “Massie is such a rich treasure—both as the standard bearer of Savannah’s educational history and as a showpiece of the city’s heritage for visitors.”

Named for former GHS President Roger K. Warlick, the History Achievement Awards are presented annually to members of the GHS Affiliate Chapter Program in recognition of excellence in programming and scholarship by local historical organizations across the state. Nominations for Warlick Awards are accepted in the fall and winter of each year in the categories of programs, exhibits, archival excellence, and media projects.

The award will be presented Thursday, August 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Massie Heritage Center, 207 East Gordon Street in Savannah. The public and the media are invited to attend.



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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