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Alabama History/Culture in the News: 5-11 June & Bonus Material

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  • Amos J Wright
    NOTE: Materials in brackets are my additions. Items are listed more or less in reverse chronological order within each section. All links are working at the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 11, 2008


      Materials in brackets are my additions. Items are listed more or less in reverse chronological order within each section. All links are working at the time I send this email and post them to the web page listing. Many of the articles listed are printed in other Alabama newspapers; in general, I do not attempt to list all appearances of an article. Some dates given are those when the item was posted to the web site. Some items are listed without links because I could not find online versions.

      Feel free to forward this email as desired....


      Additional articles can often be found at Google, Topix or Yahoo news sites:




      Please note that many articles continue beyond the single web page I have linked here. Web sites related to some articles often appear in the "Bonus Material" section.





      ** Alabama History Community Calendar

      **Traditional Cultural Events in Alabama

      **Literary Events in Alabama [via Alabama Writers Forum]

      RETURN TRIP [for Rick Bragg]
      Alabama native promotes new book at Huntingdon event [June 12]
      Montgomery Advertiser 10 June 2008

      **Thursday, June 12 6:00 p.m.
      Thomas Cook.  Master of the Delta
      The Alabama Booksmith, Homewood

      One of America 's most respected and awarded mystery writers will visit the Alabama Booksmith Thursday, June 12. Thomas Cook has been shortlisted for a carload of awards and collected a ton, including the most prestigious in the genre, The Edgar, for best book of the year. His work has been translated into fifteen languages and he is regularly included  in anthologies listed as the Best Mystery Writing of the Year. His illustrious career spans twenty-six years, and although he now lives in New York City and Cape Cod, he is really a home-boy, born in Ft. Payne , Alabama . His newest release, Master of the Delta, allows this acclaimed wordsmith, who has been compared to Faulkner and Capote, to venture away from pure mystery, and offer a brilliant story of suspense set in the Mississippi Delta. He is also one of the publishing world's nicest guys.

      **Sacred Harp singing going strong with younger, non-Southern devotees [June 12-14]
      Birmingham News 8 June 2008

      **”Beautiful Torment” casting call June 21
      Birmingham independent filmmaker Jason O’Brien will be casting his next film.


      **The Autauga Genealogical Society meets Sunday, *June 22* at 2 p.m. [DATE CHANGE]

      Location: Prattville First Baptist Church in downtown Prattville , corner of 3rd St. and Washington .  Park in the 3rd St. parking area and use the breezeway entrance. The program will be presented by ELIZABETH WELLS, Director of the Special Collections Department of the Samford University Library in Birmingham .  A noted speaker, her presentation will include information on the holdings of the department such as numerous church records, Irish collections, maps and Alabama newspaper and other records on microfilm. This department is also the repository for all documentation for First Families of Alabama, a program of the Alabama Genealogical Society.  Mrs. Wells is the immediate past President of the Alabama Genealogical Society as well as past President and charter member of the Society of Alabama Archivists and past President of the Alabama Historical Society. Visitors are always welcome to attend the meetings. Visit the Autauga Genealogical Society web site at www.rootsweb.com/~alags and the Autauga County, Alabama web site at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alautaug/




      **Peete, Turner pioneer families [of Madison area] intertwined by money and trust
      Huntsville Times 11 June 2008

      Old [Harper] estate [house in Walnut Grove] damaged by blaze
      Gadsden Times 11 June 2008

      Museum [Enlisted Heritage Hall] at Gunter adds exhibit
      Montgomery Advertiser 11 June 2008

      ** Prattville , Wetumpka offer walking tours of historic areas
      Prattville Progress 11 June 2008

      1963 June 11:

      The University of Alabama was desegregated as Governor of Alabama

      George Wallace stepped aside after a stand in the schoolhouse door.


      **1963 June 11- Vivian Malone and James Hood, accompanied by U.S. Deputy

      Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, attempt to register at

      the University of Alabama .  They are met by Governor George

      Wallace, who bodily blocks their entrance to a campus

      building.  When National Guardsmen return later in the day

      with Malone and Hood to enter the building, Wallace steps aside.

      1972 June 11- Hank Aaron, of the Atlanta Braves, ties Gil Hodges of the

      Dodgers for the National League record for the most grand-

      slam home runs in a career, with 14.  The Braves will beat

      the Philadelphia Phillies 15-3.
      FROM: Today in Black History

      **'Cobb's Light' to shine again

      City [of Foley] to dedicate copy of beacon later this summer

      Mobile Press-Register 10 June 2008

      Wallace blocked blacks at UA
      Montgomery Advertiser 10 June 2008

      **Yesterday’s News [in Mobile in 1858, 1908, etc.]
      June 11: http://tinyurl.com/427vbt
      June 10: http://tinyurl.com/59wmoo
      Mobile Press-Register

      **Birmingham News' Charles Hollis inducted into state sports writers hall of fame
      Birmingham News 9 June 2008

      **Couple buy Birmingham 's Florentine Building [built in 1928] to spice up catering business

      Corretti to cater, offer dining
      Birmingham News 8 June 2008

      ** A time to reconnect

      African Heritage Festival [in Tuscumbia] aims to preserve history
      Florence Times-Daily 8 June 2008

      **Tuskegee Library awarded $60,000 grant to preserve historical photographs
      Tuskegee University press release 6 June 2008

      **Always Coca-Cola: Local artist [Lynn Dodson] restores history
      Shelby County Reporter 6 June 2008

      **UAB Anesthesiology Department celebrates 60 years
      UAB Reporter Online 5 June 2008

      **Children’s Health System Announces Pediatric Nursing Hall of Fame
      Birmingham Medical News June 2008, p25


      **UAB planning visual arts complex near Alys Stephens Center
      Birmingham News 11 June 2008

      **Think tank created to bring Birmingham artists together
      Birmingham News 11 June 2008

      **A literary David takes on a giant
      [Profile of high school student Alec Niedenthal, whose writing has interested NY publishers]
      Birmingham News 8 June 2008

      **Look Back May Reveal Too Much Information

      [review of latest novel by Fort Payne native Thomas H. Cook, Master of the Delta]
      Birmingham News 8 June 2008 p12G


      **Tommy Snowden, longtime Shelby probate judge, dies at his Pelham home
      Birmingham News 11 June 2008

      **His love for music spun many a label
      [Ben Saxon, who died in May, founded the Birmingham Record Collectors]
      Birmingham News 8 June 2008

      **Jim Hayes, former Alabama economic development official, dies
      [Editorial about Hayes 9 June 2008]
      Birmingham News 8 June 2008

      Mildred Elisabeth Thomas Kent [obituary; she was very active in Birmingham & Alabama genealogical societies]
      Birmingham News 8 June 2008

      **UNA Football
      Hall of Fame coach Hal Self dies at 86
      [article not online; obituary: http://tinyurl.com/4dufpt ]
      Birmingham News 7 June 2008 p4C


      **What Came Before

      Exploring UAB’s Past Lives

      UAB Magazine V28N1 spring 2008


      ** Alabama History Community Calendar


      ** Alabama County Historical & Genealogical Societies & Records Repositories

      ** Alabama Historical Association Marker Index

      ** Alabama History Resources on the Internet

      ** Birmingham Rewound

      **Project to Document the Birmingham District
      [Includes the BhamWiki and the Magic City Flickr group]

      **activeculture.info [cultural events calendar for central Alabama ]

      **activeculture.info History Events

      **activeculture.info Literature Events

      **alabamahistory related links

      Listings since July 2002:

      Alabama History & Culture in the News

      Listings prior to that date are in the Yahoo archives.

      alabamahistory archives at Yahoo:


      A.J. Wright, M.L.S.
      Associate Professor
      Director, Section on the History of Anesthesia

      Department of Anesthesiology Library
      University of Alabama at Birmingham
      619 19th Street South , JT965
      Birmingham AL 35249-6810

      (205) 975-0158
      (205) 975-5963 [fax]


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