The first event of the Historic Savannah Foundations 2019 Preservation month is named for former HSF board member, Louise Lauretti, who lost her battle with melanoma in 2014, and was a devoted advocate of historic preservation. Mrs. Laurettis husband, Scott Lauretti, sponsors the lecture in her honor. It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.
Guest speaker Tom Mayes, deputy general counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will focus his lecture on issues raised by his new book, Why Old Places Matter, which highlights the role preservation plays in everyday life. Mayes is a highly respected author and expert on preservation easements, shipwreck protection, historic house museums, accessibility, preservation public policy, and the future of historic preservation. During the reception, a book signing will take place and copies of Why Old Places Matter will be available for purchase. The author will donate a percentage of book sale proceeds made during the reception to support HSFs work.