Thursday, January 14, 2010

Member Spotlight

All of us on the Trust staff consider ourselves privileged to have as dedicated and conscientious an advocate as Sheffield Hale. Sheffield's twenty years of activism on the Trust's behalf have been highlighted by his lengthy and successful tenure on the Board and his great work as Board Chairman. We are pleased to report that the Trust's upcoming 26th Annual Preservation Gala is being held in honor or Sheffield and his wife, Elizabeth, a fitting tribute to a couple who have worked so diligently and loyally on the Trust's behalf for many years.

In recent days, Sheffield has endeavored to alert the public to the perilous situation of Atlanta's own Morris Brown College campus, formerly Atlanta University, one of the Trust's 2010 Places in Peril. His thought-provoking op-ed presented a plan for the abandoned campus that is practical and appropriate- using it as an operational center for the proposed Center for Human and Civil Rights.

When he is not waging his tireless campaign on the Trust's behalf, Sheffield devotes himself to his post as Chief Counsel for the American Cancer Society. A veteran attorney and committed servant to Atlanta, in 2001 the Georgia State Bar honored Sheffield with the Chief Justice Robert Benham award for his community service. Sheffield currently serves on the boards of The Georgia Trust, The Arch Foundation for the University of Georgia, Central Atlanta Progress and Atlanta Landmarks, Inc., among others.

There are a special few among us who are true stewards to their communities and their neighbors, and under their care, those they advocate for truly flourish. Sheffield Hale is a public servant in the truest sense, and The Georgia Trust thanks him.

If you are interested in attending the Trust's Preservation Gala at the incomparable Goodrum House you can register online or call Mary Railey Binns at 404-785-7812. If you are interested in working to save Morris Brown College, please contact Jordan Poole.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Member Spotlight

We can all agree that what historic and endangered places need most is loyal friends. Rhodes Hall has long had a friend in Susan Starr, and all of us on the Georgia Trust staff are seeing the old place in a new way due to her attentions.

Susan Starr, seen here staining a desk at Rhodes Hall.

A former emergency room nurse, Susan has seen her fair share of tough cases. It is her nursing background, perhaps, that compels her to tend to Rhodes Hall. For the past several weeks, without any true break for the holidays, Susan has come in to make sure that this home receives much needed attentions. While the work is far from glamorous, Susan has scrubbed, polished, brushed, swept, and dusted. She has committed her time and energy to this great home, which, for all the efforts of staff, can always benefit from further treatment. It is Susan's work that has reminded us that we have the privilege of overseeing a startlingly grand manse, a place that shines when it is properly kept.

A native of High Point, North Carolina, Susan grew up with an appreciation for historic places. Before moving to Atlanta 17 years ago with her husband, Susan lived in Winston-Salem. Her interest in preservation led to her personal study of the Moravian settlement in North Carolina.

All of us at the Trust are grateful that fate brought Susan to this city and to this house. Her efforts have led to significant improvements in our workplace, and a new appreciation for this great house.

If you are interested in putting your back into preservation, please join The Georgia Trust for a Rhodes Hall workday this February! Email Lindsay or call 404-885-7805 to get the details.