More counties announced for statewide Bicentennial exhibit hosting

BIRMINGHAM – Alabama Humanities Foundation is announcing its latest round of communities that will be hosting Making Alabama. A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit.

Following this statewide exhibit’s debut in the Old Supreme Court Library at the State Capitol on March 5, 2018, this historic traveling exhibit begins its 18-month, 67-county tour in April 2018 with its first stops in St. Clair, Wilcox and Lee counties.

Although it continues to be a work in progress as dates and venues are confirmed with the host communities, following is a list of counties and dates finalized thus far:

St. Clair, April 2018, Moody Civic Center
Wilcox, April 2018, Gee’s Bend Ferry Terminal
Lee, April 2018, Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library, Opelika
Cullman, May 2018, Wallace State Community College, Hanceville
Talladega, May 2018, Heritage Hall Museum
Marengo, May 2018, Marengo County History and Archive Museum
Winston, June 2018, Haleyville, Venue TBD
Marshall, July 2018, Guntersville Museum
Coffee, July 2018, Elba, Venue TBD
Cherokee, August 2018, Cherokee County Historical Museum
Calhoun, August 2018, The Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County
Clarke, August 2018, The Community House (H.W. Pearce Memorial Park), Jackson
Marion, September 2018, Pastime Civic Center, Winfield
Mobile, September 2018, Mobile Public Library, Toulminville Branch
Colbert, October 2018, Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, Tuscumbia
Hale, October 2018, Greensborough Opera House
Limestone, November 2018, Athens-Limestone Public Library
Perry, November 2018, Smith Building Art Gallery, Marion
Monroe, April 2019, Monroe County Public Library, Monroeville
Madison, May 2019, Early Works Museum Complex, Huntsville
Jefferson, May 2019, Hoover Public Library
Franklin, September 2019, Red Bay, Venue TBD
Sumter, September 2019, Black Belt Museum, Livingston
Etowah, October 2019, Gadsden Public Library
Walker, October 2019, Bankhead House and Heritage Center
Washington, November 2019, Chatom, Venue TBD
Morgan, December 2019, Decatur, Venue TBD
Tuscaloosa, December 2019, Tuscaloosa, Venue TBD

Other venues and specific dates will be announced as they become available.

“These communities stepped forward early on to become part of this historic event, and we thank them for their eagerness to get involved in the celebration of our becoming a state,” said AHF Executive Director Armand DeKeyser. “It is an opportunity they and their citizens won’t soon forget.”

As a partner in the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, “AHF recognizes the value of exhibits like this coming to communities across Alabama. It not only will explore our state’s history, it will be an opportunity for host communities to explore their own history through their own creative local exhibits and programming.”

Your community, too, can be a part of Alabama history. To learn more, go to: HYPERLINK “http://www.makingalabama.org” www.makingalabama.org.

It is all a part of Alabama’s celebration of 200 years of statehood, and Alabama Humanities Foundation and its partners are bringing this impressive traveling exhibit to all 67 of Alabama’s counties from April 2018 to November 2019. Alabama became a state on Dec. 4, 1819.

To ensure communities have plenty of time to plan for their hosting, AHF encourages any community interested in hosting the exhibit to apply online at HYPERLINK “http://www.makingalabama.org” www.makingalabama.org.

Applying to be a host community is an opportunity to be a part of this epic celebration for the entire state. For more information, contact AHF Director of Operations Laura Anderson at HYPERLINK “mailto:landerson@alabamahumanities.org” landerson@alabamahumanities.org or 205-338-3992.

AHF is playing a significant role in the state’s Bicentennial festivities, putting the traveling exhibit of Alabama history with a deeper focus on humanities into motion.

Noting that the exhibit is a major undertaking, AHF Executive Director Armand DeKeyser said, “We have logistics, determining content and laying the groundwork for design and fabrication of this exhibit. We want to engage, enlighten and inspire Alabamians to take a fresh look at their state.”

The exhibit highlights the well-known events and people who shaped the state but goes further in deeper examination of lesser known turning points and catalysts that determined Alabama’s course.

“We really want this to be a statewide celebration of our history and our future, and we encourage communities all across Alabama to get involved,” DeKeyser said.
The official launch for Alabama’s Bicentennial was May 5 in Alabama’s oldest city, Mobile, near the site of Alabama’s first capital, St. Stephens.

Officially known as Alabama 200, work on the Bicentennial actually began more than two years ago with the creation of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission with Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, as chairman and the naming of Jay Lamar as its executive director.

The vision behind it is “an unprecedented opportunity to experience and explore the state of Alabama,” according to ABC. “It is a chance to celebrate our place in each of the 67 counties that stretch from the Shoals to the shores. It is a moment to remember the people who made our state and to nurture the generations who will carry us forward. It is an opportunity to chart a vibrant, prosperous future for the state with history as our guide.”