There’s a copy of the U.S. Constitution in Savannah. It’s safe, don’t worry

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I’ve been coming to Savannah on the regular for more than 20 years but I didn’t know this: There’s a draft copy of the U.S. Constitution down here.

I’m in town this week on hurricane duty, and made the rounds to check on my husband’s relatives in between talking to folks getting ready, including those out on Tybee Island, some of whom just got finished cleaning up from Hurricane Matthew.

On the way out to see about the folks, I stopped by the Georgia Historical Society, headquartered in a building that dates to 1875.

“The jewel of our collection is a draft copy of the U.S. Constitution, once owned by (founding father) Abraham Baldwin,” senior historian Stan Deaton said.

I acted like I totally knew that was a thing. I did not.

Read more about how the Georgia Historical Society safeguarded this priceless piece of American history.

In other Hurricane Irma news:

On Tybee Island, lots of people just finished cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew. Now here comes Irma.

Hurricane Irma has atheists in prayer

Air BnB properties are filling up fast

On the road or about to be? The AJC’s Brian O’Shea has tips for staying informed:

Mandatory and voluntary evacuations of Florida and coastal Georgia are bringing extra traffic to metro Atlanta interstates, especially on busy I-75.

The best strategy is to plan ahead before you leave and follow updated traffic congestion reports from the road. If you are driving through Atlanta, get live traffic reports around the clock from News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB.

Outside Atlanta, you can listen online with the WSB Radio app.

For updated traffic information from the state of Georgia, dial 511 or visit



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