Edgar Welden’s impact felt throughout state

Edgar Welden Sports and humanities seem an unlikely combination, but when the governor appointed Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Chairman Edgar Welden to the Alabama Humanities Board of Directors in 2002, the match became an ideal fit.     Appointed and reappointed to various terms, Welden used his sports and business acumen along with his generosity […]

AHF announces rebranding, new leadership

Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF), the Birmingham-based state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has completed an extensive rebranding effort that includes a new name, new logo and new website. Coinciding with the unveiling of the new brand, planned for January 2021, is the welcoming of a new executive director. At the heart of […]

AHF to join national initiative on civic and electoral participation

Alabama Humanities Foundation is among programs in 43 states and territories that will share in a $1.96 million award by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a new national initiative, Why It Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation, which will explore civic participation as it relates to electoral engagement in a multivocal democracy. The initiative, […]

Museum on Main Street returning to Alabama

After a three-year hiatus, the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street in partnership with AHF is heading back to Alabama. The 2021-2022 tour of Water/Ways is set to visit: Oakville Indian Mounds Education Center, Danville (Lawrence Co.)Guntersville Museum, Guntersville (Marshall Co.)Bessemer Public Library, Bessemer (Jefferson Co.)Gee’s Bend Ferry Terminal, Camden (Wilcox Co.)Elba Chamber of Commerce, Elba […]

BBTCAC to Host Presentations on Architecture of Alabama’s Black Belt Oct. 17

Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center’s “Pride of Place III” will continue on Saturday, October 17, 2020 ART & DESIGN’S INFLUENCE ON BLACK BELT ARCHITECTURE at Family Life Center at First Baptist Church of Newbern, located at 296 Beech Street, Newbern, AL 36765. The program will begin with light refreshments at 9:30 am, followed by […]

Subject of AHF-supported documentary dies at 102

Henrietta Boggs, the subject of a documentary that Alabama Humanities Foundation supported with grants in its early production days, has died at the age of 102. First Lady of the Revolution is based on the life of Boggs, who fell in love with a foreign land and the man destined to transform its identity. Boggs’ […]

Alabama Humanities mourns loss of Winston Groom

Alabama Humanities Foundation joins fans and friends around the world in mourning the loss of Winston Groom, who died Sept. 16 at age 77 in his hometown of Fairhope. A noted author and journalist, he is perhaps best known for writing the 1986 novel, Forrest Gump, a 21-week bestseller that spurred a movie adaptation starring […]

AHF receives NEH grant to support three-week civil rights institute for teachers

On July 29, 2020, The National Endowment for the Humanities announced $30 million in grants for 238 humanities projects across the country. The Alabama Humanities Foundation received $214,955 to support “Stony the Road We Trod…”: Exploring Alabama’s Civil Rights Legacy—a three-week institute for 30 schoolteachers on the history and legacy of the civil rights movement […]

Alabama Humanities awards more than $53,000 in grants in latest round

Alabama Humanities Foundation awarded nonprofit organizations around the state $53,338.50 in its latest round of grant giving. Much of the programming focused on the growing trend toward digital projects as humanities-based programs face the challenges of delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. In these grants are virtual field trips, museum tours, webinars, lectures and other online […]