Coastal Heritage Society Presents The 2017 Revolutionary Perspectives Lecture Series

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Coastal Heritage Society invites the public to attend this year’s Revolutionary Perspectives Lecture Series on Sept. 26th, Oct. 3rd and Oct. 17th. The annual free event series will focus on a wide variety of topics unique to to Savannah’s storied past. Each lecture will have a reception from 6:30 to 7 pm and a presentation from 7 to 8 pm in Savannah History Museum, 303 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Savannah, GA 31401.

"Revolutionary Perspectives is a chance for us to highlight untold histories right here in Savannah, traversing topics likely unfamiliar even to many longtime Savannah residents,” said Emily Beck, Coastal Heritage Society’s Manager of Interpretation. “We are excited to have Georgia Southern University's Dr. Solomon K. Smith and CHS Historical Interpreter Ben Wheeler exploring the fascinating and varied conflicts of 18th century Georgia, and we are thrilled this year to feature an educational performance by the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters with a special introduction by Armstrong State University's Dr. Michael Benjamin."

The first lecture on Sept. 26th will be presented by Coastal Heritage Society Historical Interpreter, Ben Wheeler. Wheeler’s lecture will focus on diplomacy between Colonial Georgia and Spanish Florida.

The second lecture on Oct. 3rd will be presented by Dr. Solomon K. Smith, Associate Professor of Early American History and the American Revolution at Georgia Southern University. A native of Texas, Smith earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Georgia in 2009 and has authored several journal articles on both teaching and historical subjects. His lecture will be on Lt. Col. James Grant and the cause of the Anglo-Cherokee War, 1758–1761.

To complete the lectures, on Oct. 17th the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters will perform. Armstrong State University’s Dr. Michael Benjamin will provide an introduction for the group. The origins of ring shouting are based in African dance and the first written accounts of ring shouting date from the 1840s. The religious ritual was first practiced by African slaves in the West Indies and United States.