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Humanities on the Hill 2017

Guest Blog by Crissy Nettles Last week I was lucky enough to travel with AHF Executive Director Armand DeKeyser to Humanities on the Hill, a 3-day whirlwind of sharing ideas with staff and board members from other humanities councils and face-to-face meetings with our Congressional representatives and their staffs. We brought maps and graphics showing […]

Press Release: Alabama Humanities Foundation Announces 2017 SUPER Teacher Schedule

For Immediate Release:                   February 8, 2017 Contact: T.C. McLemore; (205) 558-3999 Birmingham, Ala.—Registration is now live for our 2017 SUPER Teacher Workshops and Institutes. For over 25 years, AHF has partnered with archivists, scholars, higher education institutions, and historic sites to deliver unique and engaging professional […]

Symposium on Wed. June 26 will honor professor at UA

by the Tuscaloosa News, click here for a direct link The 2013 Whetstone/Seaman Symposium at the University of Alabama next week will honor UA professor of philosophy Rekha Nath, winner of the Whetstone/Seaman Faculty Development Award. The symposium, sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, is scheduled from […]

Here We Mark the Price of Freedom

On Veterans Day, AHF Board of Directors chairman Jim Noles travelled to Pine Hill, Alabama, to speak at the town’s third annual Veterans Day celebration.  Pine Hill is a small town with a population of approximately 400 people, in Wilcox County, about two and a half hours south of Birmingham.  The following are Jim’s remarks. I thank […]

National Arts and Humanities Month

There are two weeks left in October, two weeks more of National Arts and Humanities Month. As the president said in 2009, “Throughout our nation’s history, the power of the arts and humanities to move people has built bridges and enriched lives, bringing individuals and communities together through the resonance of creative expression. It is […]

The Importance of Humanities Programming In Strengthening Communities

Wayne Flynt, Emeritus professor of history at Auburn University and recipient of the 1991 Alabama Humanities Award, recently published his memoir with the University of Alabama Press titled Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives. In it he describes Auburn’s work—often through AHF’s vital support—in reaching out to the state’s communities through public programming in […]

Journey to Alexander City

Main Street in Alexander City is exactly what you would expect a town’s Main Street to be: charming, welcoming. A small street lined with shops and government buildings and a real soda fountain at Carlisle Drug. It is here, in this storied town’s center, where the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit “Journey Stories” is housed in the […]

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 […]