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  • Anna Colquitt Hunter, Preserving Savannah

    Educated at the Savannah Pape School and Agnes Scott College, Anna Colquitt Hunter was first a journalist and then a field director for the Red Cross in North Africa during World War II. In the years after the war, she turned her attention to writing, painting, and acting. As her vision faded, she helped establish the Historic Savannah Foundation to preserve over 11,000 of the city's historic buildings and structures.

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    1. How did Anna Colquitt Hunter's blindness impact her painting abilities?

    2. Explain the impact Anna Hunter had on Savannah.

    3. Do you think it is important to preserve historical buildings? Explain.

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    1. Research a historical building or landmark in your community. Write a summary about the place and its history. As a class, share your landmark's location and discuss why it's important to preserve historical sites.

    Vocabulary

    Red Cross: international organization which was founded to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for all human beings, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering
    R & R: a military abbreviation for a period of "rest and recuperation" or "rest and relaxation" for soldiers
    slum: urban area marked by crowding, dirty run-down housing, poverty, and social disorganization
    ambiance: the character and atmosphere of a place

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    Discussion Guide

    1. How did Anna Colquitt Hunter's blindness impact her painting abilities?
    As Anna Hunter gradually began losing her eyesight, her paintings became more primitive looking with the lines being less defined. 

    2. Explain the impact Anna Hunter had on Savannah. 
    Anna Hunter was a painter, performer, journalist for the local paper, and founder of the Historic Savannah Foundation where she led the efforts to save over 1,100 historical buildings.

    3. Do you think it is important to preserve historical buildings? Explain your answer.
    Student answers will vary.

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