With a Dress Form and a Sewing Machine

The idea of home economics is unfamiliar to today’s students. For years, it was a staple of the curriculum in nearly every school. It went far beyond housekeeping. Continue reading With a Dress Form and a Sewing Machine

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Unbroken Ground

A brief history of the land of Savannah State The land that is now home to Savannah State University has seen a great deal. It sustained Native Americans, signaled new hope for immigrants, endured the enslavement of its ancestors and, finally, became the gathering place for free thought and education among the descendants of those same communities. Before colonists arrived from Europe, these nearby waters … Continue reading Unbroken Ground

A History in Objects – Of Microscopes, Scales and Generators

Since its founding, Savannah State has engaged in cutting-edge research. Early classes included agricultural and technical training. The college had a working farm that investigated the best fertilizers and crop seeds. Students learned how to work with stone, build electronics and conduct experiments. Continue reading A History in Objects – Of Microscopes, Scales and Generators

A History in Objects – The Olympic Costume

On display from time to time is a circular, surreal black and gold costume. It was designed by Peter Minshall, a noted international carnival designer. Minshall was hired to create the costumes for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The costume is housed in the Savannah State archives because it was worn by Loris Boyd-Johnson, then a dance instructor and director of the SSU Dance Ensemble. Continue reading A History in Objects – The Olympic Costume