Coastal Heritage Society Opens Fundraisers to Keep Educational Resources Available to Local Families

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Friday, April 10th, 2020

Despite necessary closures to keep staff and the Savannah community safe, Coastal Heritage Society aims to continue to provide educational experiences online to remain a resource to our local and regional families. The decision to close Coastal Heritage Society's six museums on March 20th placed an enormous financial strain on the institution at the start of the 2020 busy season.

“Coastal Heritage Society is working to continue to be an educational resource for our community, even while virtually all sources of revenue have been temporarily disrupted. We are posting daily content for young children on our Savannah Children's Museum Facebook page, because now families need this content more than ever,” said Sandra Baxter, Chief Executive Officer at Coastal Heritage Society. “We are also developing new programming behind the scenes, which allows us to protect the livelihood of our staff and their families while ensuring that there will be great new program options available when our sites reopen.”

Museums play an essential role in our nation’s educational infrastructure, collectively spending more than $2 billion each year on education. According to the American Alliance of Museums, they also rank as the most trusted source of information in America, rating higher than local papers, non-profit researchers, the U.S. government, or academic researchers.

Coastal Heritage Society is a Savannah non-profit that provides educational experiences for the public through the preservation and presentation of the historic resources of coastal Georgia and adjacent regions. The non-profit connects the past with the present through six diverse museums and historic sites: Savannah History Museum, Savannah Children’s Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Harper Fowlkes House, Old Fort Jackson, and Pin Point Heritage Museum.