Municipal archives offer historical documents for adults, historical fun for children
The City of Savannah Municipal Archives digitizes the First City Network newsletter. The archives also have a link to fun crafts for kids.
June is pride month
June is Pride Month, an opportunity to raise awareness and advocate for issues facing the LGBTQ + community. It is celebrated in honor of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Pride is often celebrated with parades, parties, performances and memorials in memory of those lost to hate crimes and the HIV crisis. AIDS, but it is also an important time to learn and understand the history of the LGBTQ + community.
Much of Savannah’s modern LGBTQ + history is recorded in “Network News,” the newsletter of First City Network (now part of the organization known as First City Pride Center), the oldest LGBTQ + organization in Georgia. The City Archives are partnering with the First City Pride Center to digitize these important documents and make them accessible to the public.
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The 1986-2000 newsletter editions (and more to come) are available online at bit.ly/2Hm3exj. This historic collection documents First City Network’s first public appearance as an organization in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade of Savannah in 1994, demonstrating a common thread in the struggle for human and civil rights between Afro-African communities. American and LGBTQ + (see “A Dream Realized” article in Network News, February 1994, page 6), as well as the history of pride celebrations in Savannah over the years.
Today, Savannah celebrates Pride in October in conjunction with LGBT History Month and the anniversary of the 1979 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
Summer story fun
School is out and the weather is wonderful! Did you know that the City of Savannah Municipal Archives has activities for the whole family that can be downloaded for free from our website? We’ve got scavenger hunts, coloring book pages, and story programs to keep everyone engaged and learning this summer! Discover the activities online at bit.ly/34WcLmD.