ADAH News June 2008
Alabama Department of Archives and History
Tips Tools and Treasures Workshops
Maps at ADAH
presented by Cynthia Luckie
An Introduction to Alabama Local Government Records
ArchiTreats: Food for Thought
Poor Man's Provence
Rheta Grimsley Johnson
Lee's Alabama Boys at the Battle of Chancellorsville
Ben H. Severance
Old Fashioned Family Game Day
World War I
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Tips on Using Ancestry.com
Do you know when your grandparents were married? Did your great-great-grandfathers fight in the Civil War? Did you know that the world's largest on-line source for family history information is available for use free of charge at the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH)? Come join us Saturday morning, June 14, at 10:00 at ADAH to learn more about Ancestry.com. Archivist Nancy Dupree will provide tips on using the web site Ancestry.com and show how it complements the research collections available at the Archives.
Tips, Tools, and Treasures is a series of workshops designed to introduce researchers to the vast array of research materials available at ADAH, and to familiarize them with department services. Archives staff will present these programs the second Saturday of each month in 2008 from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. The programs are free and do not require pre-registration. All programs will take place at ADAH.
Alabama, One Big Front Porch
Kathryn Tucker Windham
Join the Alabama Department of Archives and History on June 19 to celebrate beloved storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham's 90th birthday. Starting at 10:00, visitors can view Kathryn: The Story of a Teller, a documentary film by Norton Dill. At noon audience members will enjoy tea cakes and lemonade, while Kathryn Tucker Windham shares highlights from her recently reissued book, Alabama, One Big Front Porch. Mrs. Windham will sign books after her talk, with books available for purchase from NewSouth Books.
" Alabama is like one big front porch where folks gather on summer nights to tell tales and to talk family," Mrs. Windham has said. Born and raised in Thomasville , Alabama , she has lived in Selma for 53 years. She began her writing career as one of the first women daily newspaper reporters in Alabama . One of America 's best-loved storytellers, she has written more than two dozen successful books, including seven collections of "Jeffrey" ghost stories. She has also written, produced, and acted in a one-woman play, narrated several television documentaries, and is one of the most popular performers at national storytelling festivals. National and international journalists visiting Alabama regularly search out Mrs. Windham for interviews and she has been a featured commentator on National Public Radio and Alabama Public Radio. Her most recent books, Ernest's Gift and Jeffrey's Favorite 13 Ghost Stories, were released by NewSouth Books in 2004.
This ArchiTreats presentation is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures presented by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee, tea, lemonade, and tea cakes will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.
May - June Activity in the Hands-On Gallery
Pine Burr Quilt
Visit the Alabama Department of Archives and History's Hands-On Gallery during the months of May and June to make a paper and fabric Pine Burr Quilt circle. Using paper, glue, and fabric triangles, children can construct a quilt circle similar to that of the Pine Burr Quilt.
The Pine Burr Quilt was designated as Alabama 's State Quilt in 1997 and was designed by Loretta Pettway Bennet. Loretta's mother, Qunnie Pettway, a Gee's Bend Quilter, taught her how to make the Pine Burr Quilt pattern. Mrs. Bennet donated her quilt to the Alabama Department of Archives and History where it is now on display in the Sampler Gallery.
This activity is part of the Alabama Department of Archives and History's Hands-On Gallery's new bi-monthly activity series. New activities will be featured in the Hands-On Gallery starting on each odd numbered month (May, July, September, November, January, March). For more information call (334) 353-4702.