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ArchiTreats Jan. 15: Land of Alabama by John Hall

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  • Amos J Wright
    ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY P.O. Box 300100 624 Washington Avenue Montgomery, AL 35130-0100 NEWS RELEASE Contact: Sherrie Hamil (334)-353-4712
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 14, 2009
      ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY
      P.O. Box 300100
      624 Washington Avenue
      Montgomery, AL 35130-0100

      NEWS RELEASE

      Contact: Sherrie Hamil

      (334)-353-4712

      Release Date: Immediately

      ARCHITREATS: FOOD FOR THOUGHT PRESENTATION

      THE LAND OF ALABAMA BY JOHN HALL

      AT THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY

      ArchiTreats: Food for Thought will celebrate the Year of Alabama History

      through a series of sequential lectures in Alabama history by leading
      experts in the field. Join us for the first in the series at noon on
      Thursday, January 15 as John Hall presents The Land of Alabama, a talk
      on
      the physical geography and geology of Alabama. This presentation will be

      held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

      The varied landscape of the state is often taken for granted, but the
      state
      is the result of a half-billion years of changes. It has endured
      continental
      collision, the up-thrusting of a mountain range, deposition of a giant
      coastal plain-twice-and the recent massive erosion of its valleys. It
      has
      survived near-misses by glaciers, strikes by giant meteorites and its
      mountains being worn flat and thrust up again. Parts of it have been
      sea
      bottoms full of giant reptiles while dinosaurs roamed its hills and
      valleys.
      All this before the Indians arrived and made it theirs.

      This presentation will introduce the physical landscape of the state and
      set
      the stage for the talks to come in the rest of the 2009 ArchiTreats
      series.

      John Hall is presently Curator of the new Black Belt Museum at the
      University of West Alabama. He is the retired chief naturalist at the
      University of Alabama - Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa and is a

      well-known Alabama naturalist and teacher. He specializes in the
      connections
      of science and history in Alabama. He is well-known for his programs on
      botanist William Bartram and the Sylacauga meteorite.

      This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the
      Alabama
      Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state
      program
      of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to
      bring
      a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be
      provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information,
      call
      (334) 353-4712.

      www.archives.alabama.gov
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