Alabama Humanities Alliance

Alabama Humanities Alliance The state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, AHA joins allies across the state through the understanding and appreciation of Alabama’s people, communities and cultures.

AHF celebrated its 40-year anniversary in 2014! We are proud to serve the State of Alabama, a state with a wide array of fascinating history, tradition and culture. We want to hear from you, feel free to message us or post on our wall. Thank you for liking our page!

AHF celebrated its 40-year anniversary in 2014! We are proud to serve the State of Alabama, a state with a wide array of fascinating history, tradition and culture. We want to hear from you, feel free to message us or post on our wall. Thank you for liking our page!

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Think unique for a holiday gift idea this year. Tickets are now on sale for The Alabama Colloquium: https://alabamahuman...
12/20/2021

Think unique for a holiday gift idea this year. Tickets are now on sale for The Alabama Colloquium: https://alabamahumanities.swell.gives

Join in a candid conversation with Bryan Stevenson, of the Equal Justice Initiative. Witness a tribute to the late civil rights legend and Alabama native, John Lewis. And hear a new poem from Alabama's poet laureate Ashley M. Jones in honor of these two men -- our Alabama Humanities Fellows of 2022.

Your purchase helps make Alabama better. All proceeds support Alabama Humanities Alliance programming and grantmaking that promotes impactful storytelling, lifelong learning, and civic engagement statewide!

#ALhumanities #HumanitiesFellows

Think unique for a holiday gift idea this year. Tickets are now on sale for The Alabama Colloquium: https://alabamahumanities.swell.gives

Join in a candid conversation with Bryan Stevenson, of the Equal Justice Initiative. Witness a tribute to the late civil rights legend and Alabama native, John Lewis. And hear a new poem from Alabama's poet laureate Ashley M. Jones in honor of these two men -- our Alabama Humanities Fellows of 2022.

Your purchase helps make Alabama better. All proceeds support Alabama Humanities Alliance programming and grantmaking that promotes impactful storytelling, lifelong learning, and civic engagement statewide!

#ALhumanities #HumanitiesFellows

Join us for a SUPER Teacher workshop that flows into our Smithsonian “Water/Ways” exhibit currently traveling Alabama! W...
12/16/2021

Join us for a SUPER Teacher workshop that flows into our Smithsonian “Water/Ways” exhibit currently traveling Alabama!

Workshop details:
-Explore how Alabama’s waterways have shaped Alabama’s history
-Learn to use Google Earth in the classroom
-Tour the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “Water/Ways” at The Elba Theatre
-Walk to the WPA-built levee overlooking Whitewater Creek

Teacher benefits:
-$100 stipend
-5 CEU credits
-Lunch + tour of “Water/Ways”
-Copy of Dr. Deutsch’s book, “Alabama Rivers”

To register, visit surveymonkey.com/r/L5BMGKG

Join us for a SUPER Teacher workshop that flows into our Smithsonian “Water/Ways” exhibit currently traveling Alabama!

Workshop details:
-Explore how Alabama’s waterways have shaped Alabama’s history
-Learn to use Google Earth in the classroom
-Tour the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “Water/Ways” at The Elba Theatre
-Walk to the WPA-built levee overlooking Whitewater Creek

Teacher benefits:
-$100 stipend
-5 CEU credits
-Lunch + tour of “Water/Ways”
-Copy of Dr. Deutsch’s book, “Alabama Rivers”

To register, visit surveymonkey.com/r/L5BMGKG

Tickets now on sale: https://alabamahumanities.swell.gives  Join us February 28, in Montgomery, as we honor Bryan Steven...
12/15/2021
Alabama Humanities Alliance

Tickets now on sale: https://alabamahumanities.swell.gives

Join us February 28, in Montgomery, as we honor Bryan Stevenson, of the Equal Justice Initiative, and civil rights icon John Lewis as our Alabama Humanities Fellows of 2022.

The Alabama Colloquium will feature:
-A conversation between Bryan Stevenson and NPR's @Michel Martin
-A tribute to Rep. Lewis
-An original poem by Alabama’s new poet laureate Ashley M. Jones
-Copies of 'Just Mercy' for all attendees

Plus, premium tickets include tours of The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and charter transportation options.

All proceeds from this event support Alabama Humanities Alliance programming and grantmaking that promotes impactful storytelling, lifelong learning, and civic engagement statewide!

We believe the humanities can bring people together and make Alabama a better place to live. We are the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

We’re thrilled to announce a new Summer Institute in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Stony ...
12/10/2021

We’re thrilled to announce a new Summer Institute in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Stony the Road We Trod” enables K-12 educators to explore Alabama’s civil rights legacy. This immersive, three-week experience will help teachers bring the modern Civil Rights Movement to life for their students.

Hear from scholars. Visit sites of memory across the state. Access primary source documents. And talk with foot soldiers and iconic leaders of the civil rights struggle in the South.

Applications now open, with educators from Alabama and all across the nation invited to apply. Visit https://www.stonytheroad.org for full info and to apply!

We’re thrilled to announce a new Summer Institute in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Stony the Road We Trod” enables K-12 educators to explore Alabama’s civil rights legacy. This immersive, three-week experience will help teachers bring the modern Civil Rights Movement to life for their students.

Hear from scholars. Visit sites of memory across the state. Access primary source documents. And talk with foot soldiers and iconic leaders of the civil rights struggle in the South.

Applications now open, with educators from Alabama and all across the nation invited to apply. Visit https://www.stonytheroad.org for full info and to apply!

Stay tuned! Honorees will be announced and tickets go on sale next week… #ALhumanities #HumanitiesFellows
12/09/2021

Stay tuned! Honorees will be announced and tickets go on sale next week…

#ALhumanities #HumanitiesFellows

Stay tuned! Honorees will be announced and tickets go on sale next week…

#ALhumanities #HumanitiesFellows

The traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Water/Ways” is now on view in Camden, Alabama! Ride the Gee's Bend Ferry across the A...
12/07/2021

The traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Water/Ways” is now on view in Camden, Alabama!

Ride the Gee's Bend Ferry across the Alabama River. Visit the Gees Bend Quiltmakers. And definitely tour this Smithsonian exhibition on display in The Gallery at Camden. All of Alabama’s waterways connect us to nature, nurture our cities and culture, and can either unite or divide our people and communities. “Water/Ways” brings all that to life in vivid ways. And our friends in Camden are adding their own signature to this national exhibit with local perspectives and activities.

We’re honored to help bring “Water/Ways” to Alabama. This is the fourth of five stops the exhibit is making statewide in 2021-2022. Thank you to our partners at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program for making this possible.

The traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Water/Ways” is now on view in Camden, Alabama!

Ride the Gee's Bend Ferry across the Alabama River. Visit the Gees Bend Quiltmakers. And definitely tour this Smithsonian exhibition on display in The Gallery at Camden. All of Alabama’s waterways connect us to nature, nurture our cities and culture, and can either unite or divide our people and communities. “Water/Ways” brings all that to life in vivid ways. And our friends in Camden are adding their own signature to this national exhibit with local perspectives and activities.

We’re honored to help bring “Water/Ways” to Alabama. This is the fourth of five stops the exhibit is making statewide in 2021-2022. Thank you to our partners at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program for making this possible.

To all our friends -- new and old -- who supported us on #GivingTuesday, we appreciate you! For those who still want to ...
12/02/2021

To all our friends -- new and old -- who supported us on #GivingTuesday, we appreciate you!

For those who still want to contribute, you can always do so here: https://alabamahumanities.org/support/

To all our friends -- new and old -- who supported us on #GivingTuesday, we appreciate you!

For those who still want to contribute, you can always do so here: https://alabamahumanities.org/support/

Congratulations to our friend Ashley M. Jones (left), who was just inaugurated as the new poet laureate of Alabama! The ...
12/01/2021

Congratulations to our friend Ashley M. Jones (left), who was just inaugurated as the new poet laureate of Alabama!

The youngest poet laureate in state history. The first Black poet laureate we’ve ever had. And an ambassador for the power of poetry and a champion of the humanities.

Pictured: Ashley M. Jones with Laura C. Anderson, AHA Director of Partnerships and Outcomes

Congratulations to our friend Ashley M. Jones (left), who was just inaugurated as the new poet laureate of Alabama!

The youngest poet laureate in state history. The first Black poet laureate we’ve ever had. And an ambassador for the power of poetry and a champion of the humanities.

Pictured: Ashley M. Jones with Laura C. Anderson, AHA Director of Partnerships and Outcomes

On this day of many choices, we hope you'll consider a gift to the Alabama Humanities Alliance: https://alabamahumanitie...
11/30/2021

On this day of many choices, we hope you'll consider a gift to the Alabama Humanities Alliance: https://alabamahumanities.org/support/

By donating to AHA, you're supporting impactful storytelling, lifelong learning, and civic engagement. And you're connecting more Alabamians to our diverse communities, our rich cultures, and – ultimately – to each other.

Thank you for helping us advance the humanities to make Alabama a better place to live! #ALhumanities #GivingTuesday

On this day of many choices, we hope you'll consider a gift to the Alabama Humanities Alliance: https://alabamahumanities.org/support/

By donating to AHA, you're supporting impactful storytelling, lifelong learning, and civic engagement. And you're connecting more Alabamians to our diverse communities, our rich cultures, and – ultimately – to each other.

Thank you for helping us advance the humanities to make Alabama a better place to live! #ALhumanities #GivingTuesday

Happy Thanksgiving, Alabama. Thank you for all the #AhaMoments we’ve shared this year…thus far!
11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving, Alabama. Thank you for all the #AhaMoments we’ve shared this year…thus far!

Happy Thanksgiving, Alabama. Thank you for all the #AhaMoments we’ve shared this year…thus far!

This is what we’ve been able to do for cultural nonprofits and humanities projects across Alabama in the last three year...
11/23/2021

This is what we’ve been able to do for cultural nonprofits and humanities projects across Alabama in the last three years.

Help us do even more to advance the humanities in our state. Join our Alliance. Donate this coming #GivingTuesday – or THIS Tuesday, if you just can’t wait. :)

https://alabamahumanities.org/support/

#ALhumanities #AhaMoments

This is what we’ve been able to do for cultural nonprofits and humanities projects across Alabama in the last three years.

Help us do even more to advance the humanities in our state. Join our Alliance. Donate this coming #GivingTuesday – or THIS Tuesday, if you just can’t wait. :)

https://alabamahumanities.org/support/

#ALhumanities #AhaMoments

We’re looking for judges for our Alabama History Day competition, set for April 8, 2022 at Auburn-Montgomery. Help Alaba...
11/19/2021

We’re looking for judges for our Alabama History Day competition, set for April 8, 2022 at Auburn-Montgomery. Help Alabama students (grades 6-12) hone their research skills by evaluating entries, interviewing contestants, and selecting winners to represent our state at National History Day in Washington, D.C.!

Historians, educators, librarians, museum professionals, writers, lawyers, and more are all encouraged to volunteer their time and expertise. Learn more at https://alabamahumanities.org/alabama-history-day-for-judges/.

We’re looking for judges for our Alabama History Day competition, set for April 8, 2022 at Auburn-Montgomery. Help Alabama students (grades 6-12) hone their research skills by evaluating entries, interviewing contestants, and selecting winners to represent our state at National History Day in Washington, D.C.!

Historians, educators, librarians, museum professionals, writers, lawyers, and more are all encouraged to volunteer their time and expertise. Learn more at https://alabamahumanities.org/alabama-history-day-for-judges/.

#GranteeSpotlight: Kudos to Temple Beth-El on the launch of its new walking/audio tour: “Jewish Birmingham + Civil Right...
11/17/2021

#GranteeSpotlight: Kudos to Temple Beth-El on the launch of its new walking/audio tour: “Jewish Birmingham + Civil Rights.” We’re proud to support this tour and help connect diverse Alabama communities to our shared history.

If you missed the debut this past weekend, no fear. You can trace the journey anytime thanks to the self-guided audio tour, now available on the TravelStorysGPS app: https://travelstorys.com/tours/jewish-birmingham-and-civil-rights

#GranteeSpotlight: Proud to sponsor this history tour and community collaboration. Check it out if you missed the debut!...
11/16/2021

#GranteeSpotlight: Proud to sponsor this history tour and community collaboration. Check it out if you missed the debut! #ALhumanities

#Repost @sites*xhibitions with @make_repost・・・To observe #VeteransDay, we will be sharing reflections of men and women w...
11/11/2021

#Repost @sites*xhibitions with @make_repost
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To observe #VeteransDay, we will be sharing reflections of men and women who participated in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters. The portraits and stories you’ll read are part of our #100FacesOfWar exhibition, which traveled around the country through 2020.

We’re proud to support this with an AHA grant. And we’re very much looking forward to walking through history this weeke...
11/10/2021

We’re proud to support this with an AHA grant. And we’re very much looking forward to walking through history this weekend.

Thank you, Temple Beth-El! #ALhumanities

Have you saved your spot yet for this weekend's audio tour launch? That's THIS Sunday November 14th 1-3PM in collaboration with Temple Emanu-El.

Register here: https://meetyouatbethel.shulcloud.com/form/walkingtour

This tour is supported by Alabama Humanities Alliance

Set your clock for something more rewarding than losing daylight. The preliminary deadline for our Winter 2021 grants cy...
11/09/2021

Set your clock for something more rewarding than losing daylight. The preliminary deadline for our Winter 2021 grants cycle is November 18, 2021!

Check out www.alabamahumanities.org/grants for complete info, including what kind of public humanities programming we fund! #ALhumanities #AHAmoments

Set your clock for something more rewarding than losing daylight. The preliminary deadline for our Winter 2021 grants cycle is November 18, 2021!

Check out www.alabamahumanities.org/grants for complete info, including what kind of public humanities programming we fund! #ALhumanities #AHAmoments

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Machtolff Wise, an Alabama Humanities board member from 2013 to 201...
11/03/2021

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Machtolff Wise, an Alabama Humanities board member from 2013 to 2018. Beth, a Sheffield native and Huntsville resident, had a fascinating career. She spent 37 years at the U.S. Department of the Army, followed by service as the president and CEO of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

Beth was a steadfast contributor to our board, where she served as treasurer for two years and as our programs committee chair. We were far from alone in benefitting from Beth’s vision and passion for Alabama. She provided more than 50 years of volunteer service to a wide array of nonprofit organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

Our hearts are with Beth’s family, friends, and all those she served throughout her lifetime.

Read Beth's full obituary here: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/huntsville/name/elizabeth-wise-obituary?pid=200519175

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Machtolff Wise, an Alabama Humanities board member from 2013 to 2018. Beth, a Sheffield native and Huntsville resident, had a fascinating career. She spent 37 years at the U.S. Department of the Army, followed by service as the president and CEO of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

Beth was a steadfast contributor to our board, where she served as treasurer for two years and as our programs committee chair. We were far from alone in benefitting from Beth’s vision and passion for Alabama. She provided more than 50 years of volunteer service to a wide array of nonprofit organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

Our hearts are with Beth’s family, friends, and all those she served throughout her lifetime.

Read Beth's full obituary here: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/huntsville/name/elizabeth-wise-obituary?pid=200519175

It's often hard to succinctly explain the humanities. But at their core, they're a way to connect with each other. To ac...
11/02/2021
Archibald: Jon Meacham cancelled and this is what’s lost

It's often hard to succinctly explain the humanities. But at their core, they're a way to connect with each other. To acknowledge differences but build community. To see each other as fully human. Or, as John Archibald puts it here, to learn how to “become real” to each other.

https://www.al.com/news/2021/11/archibald-jon-meacham-cancelled-and-this-is-whats-lost.html

I could go on and on about how cancel culture comes from both sides. But all I can think about is a woman.

#GranteeSpotlight: On November 6, the Lowndes County Community Life Center presents the ‘Sew Their Names’ Quilt Project....
10/28/2021

#GranteeSpotlight: On November 6, the Lowndes County Community Life Center presents the ‘Sew Their Names’ Quilt Project. This is a chance to memorialize the names of enslaved African Americans who once lived here – whose names, once erased from history, were recently uncovered in antebellum church records.

Bring your fabric and sewing needles, because this powerful act of remembrance needs your help. Participants will choose names to embroider on small, individual quilt blocks, which will later be pieced into a full quilt. Participants are also encouraged to sew names of enslaved persons related to their own families.

After the event, celebrated quilt artist Yvonne Wells will create a center panel for the quilt and, with the help of the Mt. Willing Quilters, piece names onto the quilt. The completed quilt will tour Alabama before eventually finding a home in Lowndes County’s historic Hopewell Baptist Church, now under renovation thanks to support from the Alabama Historical Commission.

We’re thankful to sponsor presentations on November 6 about how these Black Belt church records revealed this lost history, and about the state’s rich African American quilting tradition. And we’re proud to partner with our friends at the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Black Belt Community Foundation to make this project possible.

#GranteeSpotlight: On November 6, the Lowndes County Community Life Center presents the ‘Sew Their Names’ Quilt Project. This is a chance to memorialize the names of enslaved African Americans who once lived here – whose names, once erased from history, were recently uncovered in antebellum church records.

Bring your fabric and sewing needles, because this powerful act of remembrance needs your help. Participants will choose names to embroider on small, individual quilt blocks, which will later be pieced into a full quilt. Participants are also encouraged to sew names of enslaved persons related to their own families.

After the event, celebrated quilt artist Yvonne Wells will create a center panel for the quilt and, with the help of the Mt. Willing Quilters, piece names onto the quilt. The completed quilt will tour Alabama before eventually finding a home in Lowndes County’s historic Hopewell Baptist Church, now under renovation thanks to support from the Alabama Historical Commission.

We’re thankful to sponsor presentations on November 6 about how these Black Belt church records revealed this lost history, and about the state’s rich African American quilting tradition. And we’re proud to partner with our friends at the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Black Belt Community Foundation to make this project possible.

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Lights 💡, camera 🎥, action 🎬 ! In our latest HGS Podcast episode Montgomery-based performing artist Tunisia Thomas talks about how determination and her affinity for performance has landed in roles from theater stages to movie sets. Listen in now at https://linktr.ee/hgsociety! Thank you, Alabama Humanities Alliance for supporting the show this season!
A history-making day in Alabama: Congratulations to our new poet laureate of Alabama, Ashley M. Jones! Listen to her read some of her poetry in a recent podcast put out by the Alabama Humanities Alliance: https://alabamahumanities.org/program/why-it-matters/
Sie kommst aus Greenville, aber sie schriebst aus Deutschland... 😏 ...uhhh...we mean, check out our latest podcast episode with Greenville native, The University of Alabama alumnae, German transplant, and writer Tatiana Richards Hanebutte! Listen here: https://linktr.ee/hgsociety. Read Tatiana's short story here: http://www.spectermagazine.com/ten/hanebutte/?fbclid=IwAR2hhPjDGI_lEDySXtq9Gb5bEGkv85P7BYV6QAcmxHT7bCxVMQmI7k7-8jA. Thank you, Alabama Humanities Alliance, for making this season possible!
Scenes from yesterday's TravelStorys Launch. Big thanks to all who came out to celebrate the first installment of our Jewish Birmingham + Civil Rights Audio Tour, to Alabama Humanities Alliance for supporting this tour, and to our neighbors at Temple Emanu-El for collaborating on this event! Missed the event? Don't worry, you can access the audio tour anytime at it's permanent home on the TravelStorysGPS app.
Have you saved your spot yet for this weekend's audio tour launch? That's THIS Sunday November 14th 1-3PM in collaboration with Temple Emanu-El. Register here: https://meetyouatbethel.shulcloud.com/form/walkingtour This tour is supported by Alabama Humanities Alliance
Happening this weekend in Lowndes County: an extraordinary and interactive community event, the "Sew Their Names" Quilt Project. We're proud to support this project, along with the Black Belt Community Foundation and Alabama Humanities Alliance. For more details, please visit https://www.hopewellproject.net/sew-their-names.
What a great story and what a unique addition to Alabama's Jesse Owens Museum! Via The Sacramento Bee cc: Alabama Humanities Alliance Sweet Home Alabama
The Lawrence County History and Preservation Society has put together four amazing videos about the Jesse Owens Museum, Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum, Helen Keller's Birthplace-Ivy Green, and the Alabama's Music Hall of Fame as seen through a kid's perspective! Funding for videos was provided by Alabama Humanities Alliance. Click the link to watch!
Washboard collage from I WAKE FROM A DREAM, a photo collage installation by Wayne Sides based on The Myth oF Water: Poems from the Life of Helen Keller. 2018-2019 at the Helen Keller Public Library, Tuscumbia, AL. Funded in part by the Alabama Humanities Alliance. Creation of poems in the book were supported by an Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
Have you submitted an entry for the Poetry Unites Alabama contest? Tomorrow's the deadline! All you have to do: Write a brief essay about your favorite poem and why it moves you. Winners will receive a certificate and participate in a documentary about Alabamians' favorite poems. This is a project of Poetry Unites America, with media funding support from the Alabama Humanities Alliance. Send your essay to [email protected] and share your favorite poem with #ALhumanities!
Introducing the Girl Scouts Civil Rights History Trek! 💚 The Civil Rights History Trek video*, filmed in Montgomery, Alabama, will show you how girls and women have always been essential to America’s progression towards racial equality. Prepare for the journey of a lifetime through art, history, and courageous conversations. Get ready to be inspired and become an agent of change in your community! Learn more about the Civil Rights History Trek. *This video is made for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors and may not be suitable for younger audiences. A special thank you to the Alabama Humanities Alliance for funding this project and Michelle Browder, Owner and Operator of MORE THAN TOURS, for leading our trek. To watch the Civil Rights History Trek video, purchase a patch, and more, visit our website here 👉http://ow.ly/UaS550GmVIs . . . #GirlScouts #GSSA #GirlScoutsCivilRightsHistoryTrek
The arts and humanities have the power to unite us, heal us, sustain us, help us better understand each other, and guide us through challenging times. This October, we are proud to mark the 35th anniversary of National Arts and Humanities Month! #NAHM21 #NAHM National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Alabama Humanities Alliance