I hate I missed that…


A story credited to Mark Twain is that there once was a steamboat on the Mississippi River, which stopped dead still in the water every time its whistle was blown. It couldn’t proceed until more steam was developed. With that thought in mind, we will not blow too much of an AHF horn regarding the recently completed 20th-annual awards luncheon, or our birthday cakes sliced in honor of AHF’s 35th birthday. But if you couldn’t join us, you are going to say to yourself, “I hate I missed that…”

Due to the hard work of our AHF Board of Directors, AHF staff, and volunteers from the Hoover Library, the event once again unofficially kicked off the community’s cultural calendar. And to add to the excitement: a full ballroom at the Wynfrey Hotel.

Witty radio personality Paul Finebaum, keynote speaker Warren St. John, and of course the 2009 AHF Award winner Dr. William C. Carter, AHF provided a wonderful, humanities-filled program to an audience filled with scholars, university presidents, librarians, politicians and perhaps future Mark Twains.

Prior to the luncheon, at a special reception, six Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarships were presented by Rob Riley and his mother, First Lady Patsy Riley. Through the generosity of Edgar and Louise Welden, the scholarships are presented to elementary school teachers in support of their professional development and classroom enhancements in history and civics.

Whether you attended the luncheon or missed it, you are invited to view photos of the luncheon here on Flickr, and any other AHF photos at flickr.com/photos/alahumanities. If you were unable to attend but would still like to give, visit ahf.net/give.

Thanks to all who attended and made the event a success! If you did not receive an invitation and don’t want to miss next year, be sure to sign up for our mailing list here.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Vulcan Materials Company, the Birmingham News, and the Hoover Public Library

Written by: Paul L.