Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit opens in March at capitol

Beginning in March at the state capitol, Alabama’s history, culture and humanities will be a part of an impressive traveling exhibit making stops in all 67 of the state’s counties as a significant contribution by Alabama Humanities Foundation to Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebration.

Called Making Alabama, the exhibit will feature eight periods of history – from becoming a territory to achieving statehood and beyond.

The exhibit opens March 5 in Montgomery in the Old Supreme Court Chambers and will be on display throughout the month until it begins its march through the state.

Four exhibits are being built, and they will travel the state concurrently so that all counties will be able to experience this historic event.

AHF was a natural choice for coordinating the traveling exhibit with its decades of experience with the partnership of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit. “Just like the Smithsonian, where not everyone has the opportunity to view a Smithsonian exhibit in Washington, not everyone can make it to Montgomery to see Alabama Department of Archives and History’s unparalleled ‘Voices’ exhibit,” said AHF Executive Director Armand DeKeyser. “What we are putting together gives them that opportunity.”

In addition, host communities are assembling their own historical exhibits and collateral programming to showcase their own history and put their signature on this event. “It’s amazing what these communities are planning to celebrate their history and the 200 years of Alabama as a state,” DeKeyser said. “We are honored to be able to be a part of this epic undertaking, and we look forward to opening day in March.”

To learn more about the exhibit, go to: MakingAlabama.org.

2018

April
St. Clair, Moody Civic Center, Moody
Wilcox, Gee’s Bend Ferry Terminal, Camden
Lee, Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library, Opelika

May
Bullock, venue TBD, Union Springs
Cullman, Wallace State Community College, Hanceville
Talladega, Heritage Hall Museum, Talladega
Marengo, Marengo Co. History & Archive Museum, Demopolis

June
Cleburne, The Armory, Heflin
Winston, venue TBD, Haleyville
Dale, Dale County Council of Arts & Humanities, Ozark
Lowndes, venue TBD

July
Marshall, Guntersville Museum, Guntersville
Choctaw, Choctaw County Community Center, Butler
Coffee, National Security Conference Center, Elba
Pickens, Aliceville Museum, Aliceville

August
Cherokee, Cherokee County Historical Museum, Centre
Calhoun, The Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun Co., Anniston
Clarke, The Community House (H.W. Pearce Memorial Park), Jackson
Russell, venue TBD

September
Blount, Blount County Fairgrounds, Oneonta
Covington, LAAC Gallery, Andalusia
Marion, Pastime Civic Center, Winfield
Mobile, Mobile Public Library / Toulminville Branch, Mobile

October
Clay, Ashland Public Library, Ashland
Colbert, Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, Tuscumbia
Hale, Greensboro Opera House, Greensboro
Henry, Solomon Memorial Library, Headland

November
Autauga, venue TBD, Prattville
Limestone, Athens-Limestone Public Library, Athens
Chilton, Jefferson State Community College, Clanton
Perry, Smith Building Art Gallery, Marion

December
Baldwin, Robertsdale Coliseum, Robertsdale
Houston, Landmark Park, Dothan

2019

January
Dallas, The Welcome Center, Selma
Jackson, Stevenson Public Library, Stevenson
Randolph, Annie L. Awbrey Library, Roanoke

February
Butler, Greenville-Butler County Library, Greenville
Chambers, Fredonia Heritage Association, Fredonia
Fayette, Hubbertville School, Hubbertville

March
Barbour, Clayton City Hall, Clayton
Conecuh, venue TBD
Coosa, venue TBD
Lauderdale, Rogersville Town Hall, Rogersville

April
Bibb, Bibb County Board of Education, Centreville
Monroe, Monroe County Public Library, Monroeville
Tallapoosa, venue TBD, Dadeville

May
Escambia, venue TBD
Macon, venue TBD
Madison, Early Works Museum Complex, Huntsville
Jefferson, Hoover Public Library, Hoover

June
DeKalb, Coal & Iron Building, Fort Payne
Pike, Pike County High School, Brundidge

July
Lawrence, venue TBD

August
Greene, venue TBD
Shelby, SCAC Complex, Columbiana

September
Franklin, venue TBD, Red Bay
Lamar, Vernon City Complex, Vernon
Sumter, Black Belt Museum, Livingston

October
Elmore, venue TBD
Etowah, Gadsden Public Library, Gadsden
Walker, Bankhead House and Heritage Center, Jasper

November
Washington, venue TBD, Chatom

December
Morgan, venue TBD, Decatur
Tuscaloosa, venue TBD, Tuscaloosa
Montgomery, Old Supreme Court Library, State Capitol, Montgomery