Local Author to Present Historical Biography at Rotary Club of Richmond Hill March 15th

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Author A. Louise Staman will join members of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill to discuss her biography at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Richmond Hill City Center, 520 Cedar Street, JF Gregory Park, Richmond Hill.

Staman’s book, “Restoring Lost Times: Savannah’s Anna Colquitt Hunter,” is the true story of Anna as she embraced the triumphs and tribulations of her long life with gusto working and playing hard, feeling deeply and participating fully. In a compelling tale of all the phases of her life as she became a wife, mother, widow and served abroad during the Second World War before her stunning contributions in preserving Savannah’s historic homes and landmarks, this beautifully illustrated book will be treasured by both residents and visitors alike.

“The opportunity to share a bit of Savannah’s history with others in the area is always a joy,” said A. Louise Staman. “Anna Hunter is very dear to my heart and is a story that needs to be told. I look forward to sharing an incredible woman’s life with the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill.”

It was in Savannah during the 1950s that Anna Hunter’s voice became widely heard. Something terrible was happening to her beloved Savannah. Historic downtown was largely abandoned and sometimes falling down and the developers were moving in. Historic structures often fell to the wrecking ball. Anna Colquitt Hunter and her group of six women changed the future, through the past and its preservation. There were many aspects of Anna Hunter that are less widely known. In addition to starting Historic Savannah Foundation, Anna was an avid painter, a writer for the Savannah Morning News, and loved to dance and socialize.

Louise Staman has been a writer, poet, and researcher for nearly all of her adult life. She has located criminals, learned that a ‘high-born’ heroine was once a prostitute, and traced many lives through wars, occupations, corruption, and malice. She conducts her searches through court houses, archives, and libraries with the same enthusiasm and care as a robber casing a bank, and she loves to interview those who once knew her characters, finding their personal stories to be a fascinating addition to history.

Staman lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband of over 50 years, Dr. E. Michael Staman. Her most recent book, “Restoring Lost Times: Savannah’s Anna Colquitt Hunter,” is her sixth published book (one published in Paris) and her third biography. She has written for French and English journals and has won several prizes for her writing.

Hard-cover copies of “Restoring Lost Times: Savannah’s Anna Colquitt Hunter” are currently available for purchase for $29.95 and soft-cover copies for $24.95. The book can be purchased online at Staman’s website or at the Davenport House Museum gift shop.