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Ala. History/Culture in the News: 6-7 April & 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
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 7, 2010

      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.


      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.



      Kathryn Braund (Auburn University Department of History)
      DATE AND TIME: Thursday, April 8 at 3.p.m.
      LOCATION: Special Collections and Archives Department, GROUND FLOOR, Ralph Brown Draughon Library
      Sponsored by: Auburn University Libraries, Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, and Auburn University Bookstore. See the "What's New" link http://www.lib.auburn.edu/whatsnew/ for more information.

      **Fiddlin' around [April 8 in Vincent; folklorist Joyce Cauthen]
      Shelby County Reporter 5 April 2010

      **MUSEUM OF MOBILE SPEAKING EVENTS In honor of Museum of Mobile's monumental exhibition, George Washington Carver: An Extraordinary Man with a Mighty Vision, the Museum will host Linda Kenny Miller, An Evening with the Author. Granddaughter of Carver's and Booker T. Washington's person[al] physician [John Kenny], will sign her biography of her grandfather's life 6 - 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9 at 111 Royal Street. For more information on these speakers or the George Washington Carver exhibit, call 251-208-7569 or go to www.museumofmobile.com

      **Library to host Local Author Day [April 10]
      Gadsden Times 5 April 2010

      **UA to open time capsule from 1907 [April 10]
      Birmingham News 6 April 2010, p 1C

      Red Mountain Park has been conducting an Oral History Project to capture stories, pictures, and video of miners who worked the mines that gave Birmingham its nickname, "The Magic City." Make plans to see this fascinating exhibit showcasing artifacts, photographs and oral history from iron ore miners whose stories have been captured. The mines at Red Mountain Park closed in the 1960's, yet the unique memories remain.
      Where: Lite Box Gallery -- 2825 Second Avenue South in Pepper Place
      When: April 10 - 24, Wed-Fri, noon to 5 pm and Sat, 10 am - 2 pm
      Cost: Free
      In conjunction with the two week showing of the RMP Oral History Exhibit, there will be a brown bag lunch discussion on Wednesday, April 14 from 11:30 to 1pm at Lite Box Gallery. Bring your lunch and hear historians Jim Bennett, Pam King and Eric McFerrin share the colorful story of Red Mountain Park's history. Space is limited so be sure to arrive early!

      **Apr 16, 5:30 signing; 6:30 pm book talk
      Rick Bragg book event
      Bencze Theater-Wallace Community College-Dothan
      Wallace Community College presents An Evening with Rick Bragg: Stories of an Alabama Family. See Web site for more information.
      1141 Wallace Drive
      Dothan, AL 36303-0943

      **Indian pow wow scheduled in Guntersville [April 16-18]
      Gadsden Times 5 April 2010

      **Apr 17, 2010, 10 am-4 pm
      Alabama Book Festival
      Old Alabama Town
      The Alabama Book Festival is returning to Montgomery on Saturday, April 17. The event features over 50, varied poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, and children and young adult authors assembled in Old Alabama Town. The event is free and open to the public, and fun for readers of all ages. See Web site for frequent updates.
      301 Columbus Street
      Montgomery, AL 36104
      Contact: Bob McLain
      334-240-4500 or 1-888-240-1850

      **French and Indian War re-enactment coming up [April 17-18; Forts Toulouse & Jackson State Historic Site]
      Montgomery Advertiser 5 April 2010

      **Apr 18, 11 am
      Bookmark with Roger Reid
      Alabama Public Television
      Don Noble interviews Roger Reid, author of the young adult novel Longleaf, a story about a 14-year-old boy who gets lost in the real life Conecuh National Forest. Reid is also the producer of the award-winning Discovering Alabama series on Alabama Public Television. See Web site for more information.
      Contact: Wendy Reed

      **Apr 18, 2 pm
      Daniel Wallace book event
      Pelham Public Library
      Daniel Wallace will chat about and sign copies of his book Big Fish. See Web site for more information.
      3160 Pelham Parkway
      Pelham , AL 35124
      Contact: Pelham Public Library

      **Big Fish author coming to Shelby County [April 18-19; Daniel Wallace]
      Shelby County Reporter 5 April 2010

      **[C.M. Ryan] Doty: Horses, cameras fill his schedule
      Photos on display at Sugar Rush [through April 21]
      Andalusia Star-News 7 April 2010


      **What's really old is new again after renovation at Alabama's Moundville Archeological Park
      Birmingham News 7 April 2010

      **Montgomery may file charges against suspected owners of Lincoln Cemetery
      Montgomery Advertiser 7 April 2010

      **Feedback shapes Foster plaza redesign
      New design adds tower, focuses on historic civil rights events
      Tuscaloosa News 6 April 2010

      **World War II veteran receives Bronze Star, Purple Heart citation for heroism [Gene Airheart]
      Huntsville Times 6 April 2010

      **This Week in Alabama History
      Gadsden Messenger 6 April 2010

      **Looking back in time [at Peddlers of the Past in Alabaster]
      Alabaster Reporter 6 April 2010

      **1931 April 6- The first trial of the Scottsboro Boys begins in Scottsboro,
      Alabama. This trial of nine African American youths accused
      of raping two white women on a freight train become a cause

      1956 April 5- Booker T. Washington becomes the only African American
      honored twice on a U.S. postage stamp. To commemorate the
      centennial of his birth, the U.S. Postal Service issues a
      stamp depicting the cabin where he was born.

      1856 April 5- Booker Taliaferro Washington is born a slave near Hale's
      Ford, Virginia. He will become a world renowned educator,
      founder of Tuskegee Institute. He will become one of the
      most famous African American educators and leaders of the
      19th century. His message of acquiring practical skills and
      emphasizing self-help over political rights will be popular
      among whites and segments of the African American community.
      His 1901 autobiography, "Up From Slavery", which details his
      rise to success despite numerous obstacles, will become a
      best-seller and further enhances his public image as a
      self-made man. As popular as he will be in some circles,
      Washington will be aggressively opposed by critics such as
      W.E.B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter. He will join the
      ancestors on November 14, 1915. He will become the first
      African American to be honored on a U.S. postage stamp.
      FROM: Today in Black History

      **Sun Ra--Man or Myth?
      E-SueTerry-C Online Newsletter 5 April 2010

      **'Looped' to Close on Sunday
      [Broadway play starred Valerie Harper as Tallulah Bankhead]
      New York Times 5 April 2010

      **b. 12-18-1922 - Bob Dunnavant - Decatur, AL - d. 4-5-2008 co-founder of the Athens Broadcasting Company
      old.time.radio Digest V2010 Issue #62

      **Fame walk details could emerge [Tuscumbia]
      Florence Times Daily 4 April 2010

      **b. 04-03-1909 - Jerry Cooper - Bay Minette, AL
      singer: "Krueger's Musical Toast"; "Vocal Varieties"
      old.time.radio Digest V2010 Issue #61

      **Garland House book topic of library lunch
      [Garland House was a Dothan restaurant that closed in 2005 after almost 30 years.]
      Dothan Eagle 2 April 2010


      **Jeremy Grall serenades Hulsey Hall
      Music department faculty member shows his chops on the guitar
      Kaleidoscope [UAB] 6 April 2010

      **Local sculptor gets crafty with carousels
      Ira Chaffin owns carving school in Five Points South, holds workshops on weekdays
      Kaleidoscope [UAB] 6 April 2010, p 7

      **Skynyrd's Ed King on inspiration for 'Sweet Home Alabama' guitar riffs
      Birmingham News 6 April 2010

      **Stitching a Story
      UAB Alumna Finds Novel Inspiration in Alabama
      [Irene Latham's novel is _Leaving Gee's Bend_]
      UAB Magazine 6 April 2010

      **After a year of acting, Hoover's Savannah Lathem ready to walk the red carpet
      Birmingham News 6 April 2010

      **Shelby Lynne to sing on Fallon show tonight with Peter Wolf
      [Lynne grew up in Alabama; releases new album April 20]
      Mobile Press-Register 5 April 2010


      **Doctor, ex-coroner dies in Bay Minette
      [Dr. David Davis served two terms as Baldwin Co. coroner in the 1970s.]
      Mobile Press-Register 7 April 2010

      **Friends, colleagues mourn UA geologist Douglas E. Jones [who died April 2]
      Birmingham News 6 April 2010, p 8C

      **Br. John (Paul) Brunschwyler, OSB Succumbs [25 February 2010]
      St. Bernard Happenings March 2010, p7
      St. Bernard Preparatory School, Cullman


      **Heart of Steel [Birmingham] by Scott Horton
      Harper's Magazine 24 February 2008

      **Zadie's Boy: The Troy Maeweather Story by Richard Edwards
      [Edwards and Maeweather are Attala natives.]

      **Encyclopedia of Alabama
      Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and Auburn University, the Encyclopedia of Alabama (EOA) is a veritable cornucopia of material about the Yellowhammer State. The EOA draws on the work of many trustworthy and learned authors, and as a statement of the homepage notes, "Alabama's problems are not glossed over, nor are its accomplishments and successes overlooked." Visitors who might not be familiar with the state in the least are encouraged to read historian Wayne Flynt's fine essay on Alabama featured on the homepage. After that, visitors can look over the entries alphabetically, or they can use of the thematic headings (such as "Peoples" and "Religion") to start their journey. The "Features" articles are a treat as well, and they include "Alabama and the Civil War" and "College Football in Alabama". The site also includes several photo galleries, a glossary, and some educational resources for teachers. [KMG]
      [Review from The Scout Report V16N13 2 April 2010 http://tinyurl.com/yhbcjl6 ]

      **Call for Papers / SASA 2011
      "Peoples, Publics, and Places of the Souths"
      Georgia State University will host the SASA 2011 conference, "Peoples, Publics, and Places of the Souths," in downtown Atlanta, February 17 - February 19, 2011. We are excited to host a conference on the U.S., Hemispheric, and Global Souths in a city where they so prominently converge.
      Atlanta began as railroad junction designed to link the regions of the United States, and via their ports, the Atlantic and Pacific worlds. It is now a cosmopolitan metropolis, the home of migrants and settlers from around the globe and the nation's busiest airport. Atlanta, which some postulate is shorthand for Atlantica-Pacifica, has served and continues to serve as a crossroads, a switching point, and a terminus of the three souths.
      We invite our colleagues in American Studies, Southern Studies, and all related fields of study to join us in interdisciplinary investigations of the interconnections among the U.S., Hemispheric, and Global Souths. As always, we encourage graduate students to present papers. SASA's Critoph Prize is an award for the best graduate student paper given at the conference; it includes a certificate and a check for $250 as well as recognition at the next SASA meeting. While we hope to attract a host of comparative, cross-cultural, transnational and transregional projects, we are open to a wide range of topics, panels, and presentations. Topics might include:
      Plantation economies and post-plantation cultures Port cities, maritime networks, and aquatic regions African-American return South migrations Food ways, culinary cultures, sustainable agricultures Queer capitals and communities Vernacular architecture and regional identities Questioning the solid South Public cultures, public performances Transregional and transoceanic artistic, cultural, and literary relations New World and New Southern Studies Monuments, memorials, and museums Creole languages and lifeways Post-First/Third World theorizations Social movements across borders Obama and the Three Souths Postcolonialism and the U.S. South Occupied territories and contested terrains Political ecologies and economies Indigenous nations and Native networks African-American perspectives on the Souths Southern Silicon Valleys.
      Please send proposals that include a 150-200 word abstract and a one-page C.V. for each participant on an individual or session proposal to Christine Skwiot at cskwiot@... Deadline: September 15, 2010.


      **Alabama History Community Calendar

      **Traditional Cultural Events in Alabama

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


      **Alabama County Historical & Genealogical Societies & Records Repositories

      **Alabama Historical Association

      **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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