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Alabama History/Culture in the News: 5-11 Feb & 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 , Feb 11, 2009
      Alabama History/Culture in the News: USE THIS ONE & Bonus Material


      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. 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 newspaper or magazine 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.





      **CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE: Wallace Rayfield [Feb. 12]
      At one time in Birmingham history, Wallace Rayfield helped to define the look of the city. Only the second formally trained African-American architect in the United States , Rayfield was an entrepreneur who ran a successful mail-order architectural service in the early 20th century, founded the architecture school at the Tuskegee Institute and designed dozens of homes for Birmingham ’s emerging African-American middle class. Precious few Rayfield buildings are still standing – most notably the 16th Street Baptist Church and a pair of academic buildings on the Miles College campus. The rest you can see in a “virtual walking tour” of Rayfield’s work during the “Collective Perspectives” event at Vulcan Park on Thursday, Feb. 12. Held every Thursday in February, “Collective Perspectives” is a series of lectures, concerts and art exhibitions held at Vulcan recognition of Black History Month. For the program on Rayfield, architectural historian Richard Dozier and Birmingham enthusiast Bill Springer are the featured speakers. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a social hour with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar until 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for this program, or $30 for the month-long series of events. For more information call (205) 933-1409 or visit www.visitvulcan.com
      Birmingham Weekly blog 11 February 2009

      **SAR to meet  [Feb. 12]
      The Gen. Galvez Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Ryan's Steak House in the Eastern Shore Centre in Spanish Fort. Those wishing to have dinner should arrive in time to pick up meals before the meeting begins. Marilyn Culpepper will speak about Mobile 's time as part of the "Forgotten British Colonies." Culpepper is executive director of the Historic Mobile Preservation Society, a position she has held since June 2000. A native of Grove Hill and a graduate of Livingston University , Culpepper spent most of her professional life as a newspaper editor. An award-winning writer and photographer, she is the author of "Mobile: Photographs from the William E. Wilson Collection." She is working on a book on Mobile County history. For information, call 251-967-4287.  Mobile Press-Register 10 February 2009 http://tinyurl.com/cowktv

      **Genealogical Society to meet Saturday [Feb. 14]
      The Mobile Genealogical Society will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Vitale Room of the Holy Family Catholic Church at 1400 Joyce Road in Mobile . Sherry Johnston will be the speaker. A native of Conecuh County , Johnston is a research consultant and local historian/genealogist for the Evergreen-Conecuh County Public Library. She has recently served on the Tourism Task Force through the Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission, and also is the Conecuh County contact for the Your Town Alabama newsletter. Johnston has served as the president of the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance. She also writes a weekly column in The Evergreen Courant called "Written in Stone." Visitors are welcome.  Mobile Press-Register 10 February 2009 http://tinyurl.com/cowktv

      ** Alabama Archives Meeting [Feb. 19]
      The Alabama Department of Archives and History and the Friends of the Alabama Archives will sponsor a session of ArchiTreats: Food for Thought at noon Feb. 19 at the ADAH at 624 Washington Ave. in Montgomery .  This lecture will by Craig Sheldon will be on "The First Alabamians." Take a sack lunch and enjoy complimentary beverages. For information, call 334-353-4712.  Mobile Press-Register 10 February 2009 http://tinyurl.com/cowktv


      **Octavia Fletcher Frazier’s booklet shares tales of early life in Madison
      Huntsville Times 11 February 2009

      **Ritz marquee shines again [in Greenville ]
      Montgomery Advertiser 11 February 2009

      **Doggone it! Tony’s Terrific Hot Dogs closing downtown Birmingham restaurant [after 29 years]
      Birmingham News blog 10 February 2009

      **Riley, ASU to induct nine [black-owned businesses] into Dreamweavers Hall of Fame
      Montgomery Advertiser 10 February 2009

      **Yesterday’s News [in Mobile in 1859, 1909, etc.]
      February 11: http://tinyurl.com/djjoav
      February 10: http://tinyurl.com/c5gqfa
      Mobile Press-Register

      **Reopening a chapter of history
      Book about civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin tells her often forgotten story
      Birmingham News 10 February 2009, pp1E, 6E

      ** US teen’s bus defiance set stage for Rosa Parks

      [ Montgomery ’s Claudette Colvin]
      MSNBC 9 February 2009

      **Fire destroys historic Marengo County church
      [ First Baptist Church of Faunsdale, built in 1890]
      Montgomery Advertiser 9 February 2009

      **Looking back [50 years ago, etc., this week]
      Tuscaloosa News 9 February 2009

      1966 Feb. 11- Willie Mays signs with the San Francisco Giants for $ 130,000

      a year. At the time, this is one of the highest salaries in professional baseball.


      1998 Feb. 10- Dr. David Satcher is confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become

                Surgeon General. [Dr. Satcher was born in Anniston ; see  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Satcher ]

      1971 Feb. 9-Satchel Paige becomes the first African American elected to

                professional baseball's Hall of Fame for his career in the

                Negro Leagues.

      FROM: Today in Black History


      **’Keep Bama white’: Students, professors reflect on the integration struggle
      Crimson & White [UA] 8 February 2009

      **The murder of Virgil Ware
      A former sheriff’s deputy remembers a tragedy overshadowed, but not forgotten
      [13-year-old Ware was murdered same day in 1963 as 16th Street Baptist Church bombing]
      Birmingham Weekly 5 February 2009


      **Three from Shelby County tapped best in state superintendent’s art show

      Birmingham News 11 February 2009

      **Commissoin discusses selling [Hokes Bluff] ferry
      Gadsden Times 10 February 2009

      **Cut to chase on film incentives [in Alabama ; editorial]
      Montgomery Advertiser 10 February 2009

      **New Montevallo art gallery opens [Blue Phrog Gallery]
      Shelby County Reporter 9 February 2009

      **Two Alabamians in new “Survivor” cast
      Birmingham News blog 9 February 2009

      **Arts organizations feel sting of proration

      Troy Messenger 7 February 2009

      **Kate Campbell
      [ Alabama ] singer-songwriter tells stories to remember
      Birmingham News 7 February 2009 pp 1F, 3F

      **Duo [Ensemble Sirius] inventive with new, local works

      [Included works by local composers Dorothy Hindman, Monroe Golden]
      Birmingham News 7 February 2009 p 2A

      **Our Valentine to you: Five DVDs [of movies] with local connections
      City Scence/Birmingham News 6 February 2009


      **Veteran Birmingham businessman Kirkwood Balton dies

      Birmingham News 11 February 2009

      **State loses constitution reform champ
      [Thomas Corts, former president of Samford University , who died last week]
      Birmingham News 8 February 2009


      **Recent/Forthcoming Books with Alabama Connections


      Goodwin, Von. The Lenten Moon. 2009 [Hoover author’s first book]


      Henderson, Timothy J. The Mexican War for Independence . Hill and Wang, 2009. [reviewed in Publishers Weekly 19 January 2009; author is AU history professor]


      Miller, James A. Remembering Scottsboro: The Legacy of an Infamous Trial. Princeton University Press, June 2009


      Pennybacker, Susan. From Scottsboro to Munich : Race and Political Culture in 1930s Britain . Princeton University Press, August 2009


      Schroeder, Nicole C. In the Midst of a Storm. AuthorHouse, 2009 [novel by Ala. author]
      http://www.nicolecschroeder.com/ and http://tinyurl.com/busmj6


      ** 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

      alabamahistory archives at Yahoo:


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

      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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