Historic Preservation Events

Thursday, August 4 – Field Trip & Tour, Robinson Iron Works
(For details, see Mobile, Field Trip, Robinson Iron Works below.)
Monday, August 1 – Wednesday, August 31 – A Stitch In Time: Southern Quilts in the African-American Tradition
Exhibition of quilts by African-American fiber artists of the Deep South.  Quilts on exhibit are drawn from the permanent American quilt collection held by the Birmingham Museum of Art.  Quilt artists featured include, among others, Alabama’s Nora Ezell, Yvonne Wells, Chris Clark and the Freedom Quilting Bee artists.  Admission Free.  Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd (formerly 8th Avenue North).  Exhibition runs through December 31. For more information and museum hours, call 205-254-2565 or visit www.artsbma.org.
Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 26 – The Music Lives On: Folk Song Traditions Told by Alabama Artists
Exhibition of visual works by Alabama artists Lonnie Holley, Joe Minter, Charlie Lucas and Thornton Dial depicting Alabama’s musical traditions and performers of blues, bluegrass, jazz and country.  Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children 5 – 12 Yrs. $4, Children 4 Yrs and younger Free.  Vulcan Park and Museum, 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham.  Sponsored by Vulcan Park and Museum and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.  For more information and museum hours, call 205-933-1409.

Sunday, August 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m. – 2nd Sunday Cemetery Strolls
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon strolling through the city’s historic
graveyard.  Tour led by Cathy Vogel.  Comfortable shoes and bottled
water recommended.  Sponsored by the Friends of Decatur Cemetery.  For
more information, contact 404-371-4444.  (2nd Sunday Strolls continue
through October.)
Friday, August 26, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Creating Small Businesses in Alabama’s Black Belt” Workshop 
Learn how to revitalize the main streets of Alabama’s small towns. 
Registration Fee: $20 includes lunch.  Historic Rooster Hall, Courthouse
Square.  Sponsored by the Alabama Black Belt Heritage Area, First
United Security Bank and Main Street of Alabama. For more information or
to register, call (205) 652-3828.
Saturday, August 27 – Field Trip, Moundville Archeological Park
(For details, see Mobile, Field Trip, Moundville Archeological Park below.)
Tuesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 – 1861 Civil War Candlelight Tours
A summer evening walking tour in historic Ft. Morgan – most famous for
its role in the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay.  For admission fee and
times, call 251-540-7127.  (Tuesday Candlelight Tours continue through
the summer.)
Monday, August 1 – Thursday, August 7 – Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass
Exhibition of 53 iconic black and white images created by master
American photographer Edward Weston in 1941 to illustrate a deluxe
edition of Walt Whitman’s poem Leaves of Grass.  The images  depict
scenes from 24 states covering 25,000 miles.  Huntsville Museum of Art,
300 Church Street SW.  For more information and museum hours, call 256-
535-4350 or visit www.hsvmuseum.org/.
Monday, August 1 – Thursday, August 27, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Mon. –
Sat.)  – Museum on Main Street Exhibition: Journey Stories
The traveling exhibition examines the crossroads between the historic
modes of travel and America’s desire to travel using images, audio and
artifacts to tell a collection of individual stories.  Bankhead House
and Heritage Center, 800 7th St.  Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities
Foundation, Alabama Power and the Smithsonian Institute.  For exhibition
schedule of future locations and dates in Alabama, visit
Thursday, August 4 – Field Trip & Tour, Robinson Iron Works
Join the Mobile Historic Development Commissions for a tour of Robinson
Iron Works, internationally know for its restoration of historic iron
work, including Birmingham’s Vulcan statue. Mobile’s Bienville Square
Fountain and Iron Deer sculpture.  The field trip will include a tour of
the foundry and observation of the casting process related to the
restoration of Mobile’s historic Washington Square Fountain.
Reservations are limited.  Tour participants are required to wear
hard-toed shoes and clothing appropriate for an industrial site.  Tour
includes lunch.  Van departs Mobile at 7:45 a.m., arrives Alex City at
11:45 a.m.  Event fee including transport from Mobile and lunch: $35.
Without transport from Mobile: $15.  Sponsored by Mobile Historic
Development Commission.  For reservations or more information, call:
251-208-7281 or email mhdc@cityofmobile.org.
Thursday, August 11, 6:30 p.m. – Party & Paint for Historic Preservation
Join the fun at Historic Oakleigh Mansion and release the inner child by
painting a portrait of a historic house to take home, sipping on
chilled wine, dining on hors d’oveuvres and enjoying good company. Event
Fee: $35. Proceeds benefit the Historic Mobile Preservation Society and
Oakleigh Historic Complex.  Historic Oalkeigh Manison, 300 Oakleigh
Place.  For more info call, 251- 432-6161.
Thursday, August 18, 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – An Evening in History Lecture Series
David Anderson, CEO and Director of Operations for Fathom Precision LLC
will present a lecture on the Amstel, a British shipwreck Anderson
discovered off the coast of Alabama. Refreshments will be served at 5:45
p.m. and the lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Admission is free to all
Historic Mobile Preservation Society (HMPS) members; Guests and
Non-Members: $10.  Historic Oalkeigh Manison, 300 Oakleigh Place. 
Sponsored by Historic Mobile Preservation Society.  For more information
or to make reservations, call 251-432-6161.
Saturday, August 27 – Field Trip, Moundville Archeological Park
Field trip will include a visit to the Moundville Archeology Park and
its newly renovated Jones Museum currently spotlighting the Lost Realm
of the Black Warrior.  Artifacts in the exhibition are ones discovered
at Moundville and currently on loan from the Smithsonian Institution’s
National Museum of the American Indian.  Among these, is the prized
Moundville Duck Bowl, cited as the most beautiful piece of prehistoric
Native American art discovered in the United States.  Field trip
participants also will visit historic Greensboro’s Pie Lab and Rural
Heritage Center as well as Thomaston’s Alabama Folk Art Gallery. Event
fee including transport from Mobile, lunch at the Museum Café, museum
admission and a private tour of the park: $48. Fee without transport:
$25.  Sponsored by Historic Mobile Preservation Society.  For more
information, call 251-622-7110.
Saturday, August 27 – Field Trip, Moundville Archeological Park
(For details, see Mobile, Field Trip, Moundville Archeological Park above.)
Wednesday, August 3, 10:30 a.m. – Alabama Historical Commission Finance and Historic Sites Committee Meetings
Meetings are open to the public. Carriage House, AHC, 468 South Perry Street.  For more information, call 334-242-3184.
Thursday, August 18, Noon – 1:00 p.m. – ArchiTreats Lecture, “Race
Relations in Alabama, 1965-1968: A Photojournalist’s Perspective.
Lecture by photojournalist Jim Peppler former staff photographer for
Newsday and the weekly Southern Courier.  Admission Free.  Alabama Power
Auditorium, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, 624 Washington
Avenue.  Sponsored by the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History and
Friends of the Alabama Archives.  For more information, call
August 27, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Exhibit Opening, Museum of Alabama Phase I, The Land of Alabama and The First Alabamians
First two exhibitions of the museum open to the public with family
activities throughout the day including gallery talks, lectures by guest
curators John Hall and Craig Sheldon and hands-on activities for
children. Admission Free.  Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, 624
Washington Avenue. For more information, call 334-242-4364 or visit
Saturday, August 27 – Field Trip, Moundville Archeological Park
(See Mobile Field Trip, Moundville above.

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