Parlez-Vous Francais? Sprechen Sie Deutsch? If not, you should know that many visitors to our fair city do!
Now the Coastal Heritage Society has teamed up with the State of Georgia, the Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Inn at Ellis Square, the Coastal Museums Association, and the family of the late Honorary French Consul to Savannah, Dominique Audran, to make sure those who speak French and German have more welcoming and fulfilling experiences in our city.
We’ve created a new website, www.sejoursavannah. com , which is written entirely in French.
It features a history of the contributions of Frenchspeaking people in Savannah (historians estimate that at one point in the 19th century, one in three Savannahians was a native French speaker!), as well as an interactive map showing sites of interest to French visitors.
We are currently developing a companion German website as well, which we plan to launch in the near future.
The French website is dedicated to the late Dominique Audran, who, as General Manager of the Inn at Ellis Square and Honorary French Consul, greatly deepened the ties between France and Savannah. Mr. Audran passed away following an illness last year.
A press conference at 1:30pm, Wednesday, June 24th, in the conference room at the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) building on Hutchinson Island (131 Hutchinson Island Road, Savannah).
The Consul of France in Atlanta, Monsiuer Philippe Ardanaz, and the Consul of Germany in Atlanta, Dr. Lutz H. Görgens, will take part in the press conference.
We will project the French website live onto a large screen during the event.
Founded as a maritime history organization in 1975, the Coastal Heritage Society is today a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization employing more than 120 people and managing more than $30 million in public resources in Savannah, Georgia.
Coastal Heritage Society serves more than 150,000 people annually at our three historic sites: Old Fort Jackson National Historic Landmark, the Savannah History Museum, and the Roundhouse Railroad Museum. Both the History Museum and Roundhouse are located within the Central of Georgia National Historic Landmark District.
More than 700 people around the nation who care about history have joined our ranks as donors and members.