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Ala. History/Culture in the News: 2-3 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 presumably
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      NOTE:

      Materials in brackets are my additions. Items are listed more or less in reverse chronological order within each section. All links are presumably 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 either could not find online versions or could not find a free one.

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

      WARNING: Many articles on newspaper and magazine web sites and blogs are accompanied by nasty, anonymous comments about individuals and subjects in or sometimes unrelated to the posted articles. Some articles in these listings will unfortunately include such commentary.

      AND NOW THE NEWS...

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

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      http://news.yahoo.com/

      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.


      COMING EVENTS*HISTORY**CULTURE**DEATHS*BONUS MATERIAL**USEFUL LINKS

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      **COMING EVENTS
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      **Alabamian to sign copies of his book [February 4]
      [Frank Griffin's memoir, _Touched by Fire_; "In 1954, Frank Griffin's father had witnessed the murder of Alabama Attorney General-elect Albert Patterson, then was killed after testifying about what he saw."]
      http://tinyurl.com/y94m256
      Mobile Press-Register 3 February 2010

      **THROUGH THE LENS OF HISTORY: THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF P.H. POLK [Feb. 9]
      Graham Boettcher, PhD, The William C. Hulsey Curator of American Art
      Tuesday, February 9, Noon, FREE
      Birmingham Museum of Art
      [Polk Exhibition at the Museum runs through May 23; see http://tinyurl.com/yajufg3 ]
      Boettcher will discuss the extraordinary life and work of the Alabama photographer Prentice H. Polk. Born in Bessemer, Polk became one of America's most significant photographers through his work as Official Photographer of the Tuskegee Institute from 1939-1984, when he passed away.
      http://tinyurl.com/y939dex

      **Athens State alumni turn school into a work of art
      Exhibit runs through Feb. 12 and features a variety of media
      http://tinyurl.com/yfglpap
      Huntsville Times 3 February 2010

      **P.H. POLK PHOTOGRAPHS: PICTURES OF DESIRE [Feb. 18]
      Amalia K. Amaki, PhD, Professor of Art History, University of Alabama, and guest curator of exhibition To Make a Picture
      Thursday, February 18, 6pm, FREE
      Birmingham Museum of Art
      [Polk Exhibition at the Museum runs through May 23; see http://tinyurl.com/yajufg3 ]
      Dr. Amalia Amaki will provide insight into the fascinating life and work of Prentice H. Polk (1898-1984), a Bessemer native who became one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century through his role as the official photographer of the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). Polk's photographs, which portray both Tuskegee locals and world famous celebrities, and are equally admired for their aesthetic beauty and their important role in chronicling a half century of life at one of the nation's most storied colleges.
      http://tinyurl.com/yektk5o

      **Vulcan Park celebrates Black History Month
      http://tinyurl.com/yb4bhbq
      Birmingham Weekly 28 January 2010

      **Gadsden Public Library's 'Soul of Alabama' series to begin Tuesday [runs through Feb.]
      [The series will "recognize great African-Americans from the state."]
      http://tinyurl.com/yz9guat
      Gadsden Times 1 February 2010

      **Troy University Announces Black History Month Events [at Rosa Parks Museum]
      [Includes first stop on Frye Gaillard's tour supporting his book _Alabama's Civil Rights Trail_]
      [See also http://tinyurl.com/y9pjtak ]
      http://tinyurl.com/yhwmo7a
      WSFA-TV [Montgomery] 1 February 2010

      **[Tenn-Tom] Waterway museum to note 25th anniversary [by opening this fall]
      http://tinyurl.com/yhtrkzy
      Florence Times Daily 2 February 2010


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      **HISTORY
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      **Huntsville on the list of 'Distinctive Destinations' for 2010
      [From the National Trust for Historic Preservation]
      [Longer article at http://tinyurl.com/y9q9tsb ]
      http://tinyurl.com/yzoflld
      Huntsville Times 3 February 2010

      **Era ends with retirement of longtime archives worker [Frazine Taylor]
      [Taylor is the author of _Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide_]
      http://tinyurl.com/yzu2rw3
      Montgomery Advertiser 3 February 2010

      **What happened to the McCauley cemetery site?
      http://tinyurl.com/ya4exrp
      Huntsville Times 3 February 2010

      **This Month in Alabama History
      http://tinyurl.com/y9xqsrm
      Gadsden Messenger 2 February 2010

      **The Pillars restaurant closed indefinitely by owners, who plan work there this summer
      [Opened in 1976]
      http://tinyurl.com/yjwukcv
      Mobile Press-Register 2 February 2010

      **[Historic] Cave Street school purchase could be decided Thursday [in Tuscumbia]
      http://tinyurl.com/ybujmq4
      Florence Times Daily 2 February 2010

      **[Fant's] Department store retains signs of past [in Guntersville]
      http://tinyurl.com/ye9zuub
      Huntsville Times 2 February 2010

      **Scottsboro Boys Museum opens
      http://tinyurl.com/ycpwme7
      Huntsville Times 2 February 2010

      **1956 Feb 2- Autherine J. Lucy becomes the first African American student
      to attend the University of Alabama.
      FROM: Today in Black History
      http://listserv.icors.org/archives/Munirah.html

      **Birmingham City Council
      Museum proposed for light of disabled
      Group also wants headquarters site [Independent Resource Center]
      Birmingham News 2 February 2010, pp 1B, 4B

      **Two women including one from Birmingham chosen for Alabama Women's Hall of Fame
      [Margaret Charles Smith of Eutaw and Mary Ivy Burks of Birmingham]
      http://tinyurl.com/ydtyo94
      Birmingham News 1 February 2010

      **b. 02-01-1916 - Helen Walpole - Birmingham, AL - d. 5-26-1992
      actor: Sylvia Bardine "Just Plain Bill"; Frances "Lorenzo Jones"
      old.time.radio Digest V2010 Issue #20
      http://lists.oldradio.net/

      **The Wrights' stuff in Montgomery
      Brothers' first flight school was in Alabama
      Birmingham News 31 January 2010, pp 1E, 4E

      **Coyle family in town for documentary [on the murder of Rev. James E. Coyle in 1921]
      Birmingham News 30 January 2010, p 1F


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      **CULTURE
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      **[UA] College film on veterans gains attention
      [See also Birmingham News article: http://tinyurl.com/yz32wqv ]
      http://tinyurl.com/yk2emd9
      Florence Times Daily 3 February 2010

      **Woodturning combines function and art
      http://tinyurl.com/yc4p72u
      Dothan Eagle 3 February 2010

      **Professor publishes book about local homeless
      [Jeffery Clair and UAB alumni Jason Wasserman, _At Home on the Street_]
      http://tinyurl.com/y9clxbr
      Kaleidoscope [UAB] 1 February 2010

      **Ghosts of Union Hill [Brindlee Mountain]
      http://tinyurl.com/yfnnhw2
      Associated Content 1 February 2010


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      **DEATHS
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      **Longtime Wilcox County newspaper publisher [Hollis] Curl dies
      http://tinyurl.com/yz6uozg
      Montgomery Advertiser 3 February 2010

      **Farewell: Jim Waters
      Civil leader preserved his world [Avondale Park, Sloss Furnaces, etc.]
      Birmingham News 31 January 2010, p 14A

      **Louis R. Harlan, Historian of Booker T. Washington, Dies at 87
      http://tinyurl.com/yfee8k9
      New York Times 29 January 2010


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      **BONUS MATERIAL
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      **ALABAMA COLLECTIONS IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE [Library of Congress]
      http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Alabama.html


      **Birmingham Arts Journal
      Volume 6, Number 4, 2010
      http://www.birminghamartsjournal.org/pdf/baj6-4.pdf


      **US Geological Survey Photographic Library
      http://libraryphoto.cr.usgs.gov/
      Search the 400,000+ photos of the US Geological Survey or browse by categories like earthquakes, mines, national parks, etc. I searched on "Alabama", got 189 results, first page of which ranged in dates from 1913-1943.


      **History of WSFA-TV [Montgomery]
      http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=47387


      **Odetta, Longtime Friend of the AFC Archive, 1930-2008
      [Folksinger Odetta Holmes was born in Birmingham in 1930 and died in 2008]
      American Folklife Center News summer/fall 2008, pp 13-14
      http://www.loc.gov/folklife/


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      **USEFUL LINKS
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      **Alabama History Community Calendar
      http://www.archives.alabama.gov/adahcalendar.html

      **Traditional Cultural Events in Alabama
      http://www.alabamafolklife.org/folkevents.html

      **Literary Events in Alabama [via Alabama Writers Forum]
      http://www.writersforum.org/calendar/default.aspx

      **THIS MONTH IN ALABAMA HISTORY
      http://www.archives.state.al.us/thisweek/month.html

      **Alabama County Historical & Genealogical Societies & Records Repositories
      http://www.archives.state.al.us/referenc/hsglist.html

      **Alabama Historical Association Marker Index
      http://www.archives.state.al.us/markers/histmarkindex.html

      **Alabama History Resources on the Internet
      http://www.archives.alabama.gov/teacher/netres.html

      **Birmingham Rewound
      http://www.birminghamrewound.com/

      **Project to Document the Birmingham District
      [Includes the BhamWiki and the Magic City Flickr group]
      http://tinyurl.com/yt49xj

      **activeculture.info [cultural events calendar for central Alabama]
      http://activeculture.info/index.asp

      **activeculture.info History Events
      http://tinyurl.com/hn3lf

      **activeculture.info Literature Events
      http://tinyurl.com/fnf5l


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      **alabamahistory related links
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      alabamahistory archives at Yahoo:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alabamahistory

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      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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