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Slocum in Savannah

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The Southern Political Science Association held its annual conference in Savannah, Georgia in 1999 and again in 2002.  Owing to my strong interests in Southern politics, this conference is too attractive for me to pass up.  As the photos below show, the colonial charm and beauty of Savannah's downtown historic district is, likewise, too attractive to pass up.  Savannah is a gorgeous subtropical city, chock-full of historic and well-kept homes, many built well before the Civil War.  The historic district contains numerous squares (small parks that occupy an entire city block), each of them containing a monument or statue of some type.  The Colonial style homes in the area were generally built between 1810 and 1860.

1803 and 1830 houses

Well-restored colonial homes in the historic district of Savannah, Georgia (November 6, 1999).  This house on the left was built in 1803.  The house on the right was built in the 1830s.

Victorian style house

Another striking home, more Victorian in style (probably built in 1870s or 1880s).  Savannah, Georgia, November 6, 1999.

Pirates House restaurant

The Pirates' House restaurant, Savannah, Georgia, in a restored house that originally was built around 1820.

Dowdle and Smith in front of monument

My friends Andrew Dowdle and Derrick Smith at an imposing monument in one of the famous squares (small parks) that dot Savannah's downtown historic district (November 6, 1999).

at Fort Pulaski

My friends (and fellow political scientists) Derrick Smith (L) and Andrew Dowdle (R) at Fort Pulaski, near Savannah, Georgia, November 6, 1999.

River Street

River Street in downtown Savannah, near the riverfront (November 8, 2002).  The street is made of old cobblestones, and is very hard on feet and tires.  An interesting walk, with lots of restaurants, bars, sandwich and gift shops, but not by any means an easy one.

Cotton Exchange restaurant

Jennifer Thompson (now Jennifer Dowdle), Andrew Dowdle and myself outside the Cotton Exchange restaurant in Savannah's riverfront district after lunch, Friday, November 8, 2002.

At a bar

Even at conventions, political scientists have a good time; sometimes a very good time.  That's me with several fellow political scientists at other schools.  Wayne Steger (DePaul University, Chicago) is the bald guy.  Andrew Dowdle (University of Arkansas) and Jennifer Thompson (now Jennifer Dowdle) frame Wayne on each side.  Walter Huber (Muskingum College, Ohio) is closest to the camera, with the blue jacket hung over his chair.  To his right are two of his undergraduate students, Charlotte and Jim, both of whom presented papers at this convention (Southern Political Science Association).  Later this evening we went to another bar and stayed there until closing time.  Friday, November 8, 2002.


Believe it or not: Inside the Savannah/Hilton Head Airport, Savannah, Georgia (November 10, 2002).  For those traveling to Savannah for the first time, this atrium area is a foreshadowing of the colonial architecture found in Savannah's historic district.  A perfect marriage of Colonial charm and the laid-back Low Country lifestyle of the coastal South: potted plants, benches for relaxation and sunlight pouring in the skylights above.  The only thing missing in the picture is a glass of tea with a garnish of mint juleps.

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