The King Tisdell Cottage Foundation (KTCF) will host its Annual Meeting and kick off its 2011 membership campaign Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m in the Beach Institute’s West Gallery, 502 East Harris Street.
This meeting, open to all members and the public, will feature Miss Lucia, performing Christmas carols and songs. Miss Lucia, Savannah’s popular outstanding talent, is a gifted vocal artist, songwriter and entertainer. The recently renovated Garden Level and the Gift Shop also will be open for tours.
Membership categories include General (Student, Individual, Family), Contributing (Patron, Century, Sponsor), and Chairman’s Circle (KTCF Fellow and Lifetime Member). Benefits of KTCF Membership range from free admission, gift shop discounts, guest passes, various signage opportunities and recognition on the Chairman’s Circle Tree, which is installed at the Beach Institute.
In addition to entertainment by Miss Lucia , KTCF volunteers and Life Members will be recognized, and newly elected Board Members will be introduced and installed.
Joining the Board of Directors effective January, 2010 are: E. Bruce Adams, owner of Adams Funeral Services, Inc.; Juanita Adams, educator and motivational speaker; Rebecca R. Cooper, retired educational administrator; Dr. Carolyne P. Mayes, educator; Kathleen McCollister, educational manager and owner of Trends and Traditions (Custom Framing and Gallery Art); Rev. Paul A. Sheppard, Pastor Thankful Baptist Church; and, Doreatha Tyson, former director ACCESS Programs, Savannah State University.
The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation was established in 1981 in Savannah, under the leadership of noted historian, civil rights activist and preservationist W.W. Law, to research, collect and present the African-American historical and cultural experience to the public.
It endeavors to fill the void of information concerning the contributions of African- Americans, especially in Georgia and the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Today, the Foundation operates the Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center, which houses the internationally recognized Ulysees Davis Folk Art Collection and art artifacts from around the African Diaspora.
The Beach Institute opened the Garden level this year, which includes the “AMA” Board Room and a Gift Shop. The Garden, with Sankofa themed gates, also opened this past Spring.
The Foundation operates the King-Tisdell Cottage. Planning is currently underway for the re-opening of the Cottage as a museum that presents the story of slavery and its ramifications in Savannah and the coastal region.