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historical foundation executive

Frances Ravenel Edmunds, American historical foundation executive. Recipient Historic Savannah Preservation award, Charleston Realtor Appreciation award, Citation award, Preservation Society Charleston, Conservation Service award, United States Department Interior, United States Department Interior Conservation award.

Background

Edmunds, Frances Ravenel was born on December 11, 1916 in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Daughter of Augustine T. and Harriott (Buist) Smythe.

Education

Graduate, College Charleston, 1937. Degree (honorary), College Charleston, 1972.

Career

With History Charleston Foundation, since 1947. Director Annual Festival of Houses, 1948. Executive director foundation Nathaniel Russell House Museum and Edmondston-Alston House Museum, since 1947, director, 1956, director, Ansonborough Rehabilitation Project, 1958—1977.

Director Historic Charleston Reprodns. Program; chairman Drayton Hall Council. Board directors Spoleto Festival United States of America, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation.

Radio and television appearances. Speaker on preservation.

Membership

Member of American Museum Association, American Association State and Local History, National Trust Historic Preservation (citation 1968, Louise duPont Crowninshield award 1971).

Connections

Married S. Henry Edmunds, December 23, 1943. Children: Harriott, Eliza, Langdon.

father:
Augustine T. Smythe

mother:
Harriott (Buist) Smythe

spouse:
S. Henry Edmunds

child:
Harriott Edmunds

child:
Eliza Edmunds

child:
Langdon Edmunds