Year of Alabama History kickoff

 A 168-page book showcasing the state’s colorful heritage will be released December 12 at the Year of Alabama History kickoff  in Montgomery. Governor Bob Riley will kick off 2009 as the Year of History during the state’s 189th birthday bash at the Department of Archives and History.
The magazine-format book begins with a timeline that takes readers on a journey through time starting with 8000-10000 BC at DeSoto Caverns, one of the oldest recorded caves in the nation, and concluding with the music history of the1960s and 70s at the recording studios in Muscle Shoals. Woven in between are vignettes of the Civil War in the 1860s, America’s civil and voting rights struggles of the 1950s and 60s and Alabama’s role in space exploration in the 1950s and beyond.
“This book is a valuable tool for learning about Alabama’s history and heritage. I believe it will encourage children to become more involved and interested in our state’s history,” said Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell. “We plan to ship a copy of the book and brochure to fourth-grade  history teachers in Alabama so they can share and explore the unique stories with their students.”

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