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The Stonetalker’s Memorial

There’s been much ado about memorials of late, many which, sadly, draw people to opposing sides and defeat their intended purposes. So it was refreshing recently to experience a memorial not embedded with controversy, not erected for profit, not seeking the glamour of fame. This opportunity arose when, once again, my wife dragged me reluctantly, […]

A Short 499-Mile Journey

The Alabama Humanities Foundation is sponsoring a traveling exhibition called “Journey Stories” in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, now in Alexander City. This post is one in a series that will highlight our own personal journey stories. Our stories may include how our ancestors traveled from far away lands to come to America, or it […]

The Year of Music

John and Alton become best friends in elementary school, their mutual attraction prompted by both being new in town. John’s father, with the ink barely dry on his law degree, hangs his shingle on the second floor of the Alexander City Bank. Alton’s father has just relocated his one-chair barber shop from Camp Hill to […]

A Long Journey Short

The Alabama Humanities Foundation will sponsor a traveling exhibition called “Journey Stories” in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution beginning June 25 in Jasper. This post is the first in a series that will highlight our own personal journey stories. Our stories may include how our ancestors traveled from far away lands to come to America, […]

AHF Board Member Offers Copy of Book for Donation to Foundation

For a minimum donation of $35 to the Alabama Humanities Foundation, you can request a limited, special edition copy of Cotton Mary, numbered and signed by AHF Board member and author Bob Whetstone. Send a personal check made out to “Alabama Humanities Foundation” and indicate in a letter, along with your mailing address, that you […]

Weather Kid

In November of 2010 when the sixth-grader asks for our email addresses, we all, his grandparents, aunts and uncles, comply with this harmless request. This incident is forgotten until a few weeks later when we suddenly begin receiving frequent email updates of the impending snowstorm threat headed toward central Alabama. A check with local TV […]

Project Dividends

In the early 1980s I am interviewing a sophomore who has applied for admission to the teacher education program at the small college where I teach. His answer to the question “Why did you choose history as your teaching area?” intrigues me. He relates a story about several retired miners coming to his sixth grade […]

Cotton Mary

AHF Recognizes Women’s History Month During March, we will feature a series of blog posts focusing on Women’s History Month. Please join us in the discussion and comment with your own opinions and tales. The woman came down from a field of red clay, And her cohorts were teeming with cotton and hay; And the […]

The Sand Painter

In our rented Outback, we glide in awe through the New Mexico deserts and mountains, a treasure trove of southwestern American history, reveling in the jewel-toned landscape that fades from reds to purples, to browns to yellows and beyond. Eyes feasting on the constantly changing scenery from Albuquerque to Farmington, we are certain our journey […]

Christmas in Poverty

In honor of the holidays, AHF will explore contributions to literature, film, art and other humanities disciplines in the name of holiday spirit! Or, through the art of storytelling, we will tell you our favorite Christmas memories. It’s the Saturday before Christmas 1971 and all through the house little creatures are stirring in anticipation of […]