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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Well done, Montgomery! We're thrilled to see this much-deserved recognition for civil rights attorney Fred Gray, one of ...
10/08/2021
City Coucil approves plan to rename Jeff Davis Ave. after civil rights attorney Fred Gray

Well done, Montgomery! We're thrilled to see this much-deserved recognition for civil rights attorney Fred Gray, one of our Alabama Humanities Fellows, Class of 2019.

Gray is at the heart of many landmark civil rights cases in constitutional law textbooks: From integrating buses in the City of Montgomery in 1956 to affirming Black Alabamians' right to serve on civil juries and to laying the foundation for the "one person, one vote" principle. Not to mention his legal assistance in fighting for the subjects of the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study and protecting marchers walking from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 -- the march that eventually led to the passage of the federal Voting Rights Act.

City Coucil approves plan to rename Jeff Davis Ave. after civil rights attorney Fred Gray

The #arts and #humanities have the power to unite us, to heal us, to sustain us, to help us better understand each other...
10/05/2021

The #arts and #humanities have the power to unite us, to heal us, to sustain us, to help us better understand each other, and to guide us through challenging times. That’s why we’re celebrating the 35th anniversary of National Arts and Humanities Month.

How do the arts and humanities move you?

The #arts and #humanities have the power to unite us, to heal us, to sustain us, to help us better understand each other, and to guide us through challenging times. That’s why we’re celebrating the 35th anniversary of National Arts and Humanities Month.

How do the arts and humanities move you?

Welcome to our newest board members, Dr. Anne Schmidt, M.D., and Diane Clouse!“The humanities allow us to see the world ...
10/04/2021

Welcome to our newest board members, Dr. Anne Schmidt, M.D., and Diane Clouse!

“The humanities allow us to see the world from other perspectives and to open our minds to other possibilities. Literature and history are just a couple of the ways we can begin to have important conversations that can help us see through the eyes of others and bring people together.”
-Anne Schmidt, M.D., senior medical director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

“Young people are my passion so I hope I can help connect more young people across Alabama to the humanities. I want our youth to feel a sense of place and possibility and connections to others. The humanities can do that. They can open up so many doors.”
-Diane Clouse, retired teacher and choreographer

Meet Anne and Diane: https://alabamahumanities.org/mosaic-magazine/clouse-and-schmidt/

#ALhumanities #nonprofits #ahamoments

Our first Alabama History Day teacher training workshop is in the books! Thanks to the teachers and administrators who c...
09/28/2021

Our first Alabama History Day teacher training workshop is in the books!

Thanks to the teachers and administrators who came out to learn how to bring Alabama History Day into their classrooms and schools. And thank you to our National History Day veteran Debbie Hester for leading the workshop!

Join our Alabama History Day group to stay in the know on all things AHD 2022: https://www.facebook.com/groups/alabamahistoryday

What’s Alabama History Day? So glad you asked. It’s the state affiliate contest of National History Day, a competition that engages students (grades 6-12) in robust and creative historical research. It’s intense, it’s fun, and it turns students into writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights, and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history.

Learn more at https://alabamahumanities.org/program/alabama-history-day/.

#GranteeSpotlight: Get ready for some weekly storytelling from the @fitzmuse! #ALhumanities ・・・The Fitzgerald Museum is ...
09/27/2021

#GranteeSpotlight: Get ready for some weekly storytelling from the @fitzmuse!
#ALhumanities
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The Fitzgerald Museum is pleased to announce the first installment of FitzTales: Flappers and Philosophers!

In celebration of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 125th birthday the museum has produced dramatic readings from Scott's first collection of short stories, Flappers and Philosophers. One will be released each week beginning today. These have been made possible in part from a grant from @alabamahumanities

They are also be available on iTunes and Spotify at FitzMuse Podcast.

https://www.thefitzgeraldmuseum.org/fitz-tales-flappers-and-philosophers/2021/9/22/fitz-tales-the-off-shore-pirate

#fscottfitzgerald #fscottfitzgeraldquotes #flappersandphilosophers #audiobooks #theoffshorepirate

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve received $50K from the National Endowment for the Humanities to grow our Alabama Histor...
09/23/2021
AHA receives funding to grow Alabama History Day - Welcome to Alabama Humanities Alliance

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve received $50K from the National Endowment for the Humanities to grow our Alabama History Day program! This funding will help us reach underrepresented schoolchildren and school systems statewide.

Our goal: A student-led showcase of state history that’s as robust, diverse, and layered as Alabama itself!

https://alabamahumanities.org/mosaic-magazine/aha-receives-funding-to-grow-alabama-history-day/

Alabama History Day teachers, parents, students, and other participants, join our Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/alabamahistoryday

National History Day Federation of State Humanities Councils Alabama Department of Archives and History Auburn University at Montgomery

New funding will help AHA grow its Alabama History Day event and reach more students statewide to ensure broad and diverse participation.

#GranteeSpotlight: Congratulations to our friends at Manitou Cave, now a National Trail of Tears Historic Certified Site...
09/22/2021

#GranteeSpotlight: Congratulations to our friends at Manitou Cave, now a National Trail of Tears Historic Certified Site!

About the cave: Manitou Cave is hidden at the foot of Lookout Mountain in Northeast Alabama and was long a site of spiritual ceremonies for the Cherokee. In the early 1800s, a Cherokee settlement called Willstown thrived around the cave. The town is where Sequoyah famously created the Cherokee Syllabary, a written form of the Cherokee language. Sequoyah’s son even carved inscriptions using the language inside Manitou Cave. Not long after, the U.S. military rounded up Cherokee people from Willstown and the emerging town nearby was renamed Ft. Payne.

#GranteeSpotlight: In 1980, the Alabama Folklife Association was born. We're proud to help host a birthday party this ye...
09/20/2021
40th Anniversary — Alabama Folklife Association

#GranteeSpotlight: In 1980, the Alabama Folklife Association was born. We're proud to help host a birthday party this year to celebrate AFA's work preserving and promoting Alabama's rich folk traditions!

Join in a covid-delayed celebration of 40+ years of Alabama Folklife this September 26-27. In-person and virtual tickets available.

Workshops include some of AHA's own, including:
-Joyce Cauthen, AHA Road Scholar (AFA director emeritus)
-Dr. Marty Olliff, AHA Road Scholar (director of The Wiregrass Archives)
-Dr. Kern M. Jackson, AHA Board Member (director of the African American Studies program at The University of South Alabama)
-Dr. Jim Brown, AHA Water/Ways Scholar (professor of history emeritus at Samford University)

https://www.alabamafolklife.org/40th-anniversary

Join us at the AFA’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY CONVENING! September 26-27, 2021 at the 4-H Center in Columbiana, Alabama.IN-PERSON and FREE VIRTUAL TICKETS are available. In-person tickets will be sold through September 21.The Convening is a statewide gathering of all those interested in Alabama folklife t...

Alabama teachers: Our Fall 2021 SUPER Teacher workshop is now open for registration. This course will help educators tea...
09/15/2021

Alabama teachers: Our Fall 2021 SUPER Teacher workshop is now open for registration. This course will help educators teach the topic of nationalism. The workshop comes with a copy of “Machete Season” by Jean Hatzfeld. All participants will receive a $100 stipend, lunch, and five CEU credits.

Full details and registration: https://alabamahumanities.org/program/super-teacher/

Alabama teachers: Our Fall 2021 SUPER Teacher workshop is now open for registration. This course will help educators teach the topic of nationalism. The workshop comes with a copy of “Machete Season” by Jean Hatzfeld. All participants will receive a $100 stipend, lunch, and five CEU credits.

Full details and registration: https://alabamahumanities.org/program/super-teacher/

Cheers to our 83 Alabama Humanities Recovery Grant recipients that come from all corners of the state! We share your vis...
09/14/2021

Cheers to our 83 Alabama Humanities Recovery Grant recipients that come from all corners of the state! We share your vision that the humanities can bring Alabamians together and uplift our communities. Especially right now.

Learn about our grantees: https://alabamahumanities.org/grants/alabama-humanities-recovery-grants/

Cheers to our 83 Alabama Humanities Recovery Grant recipients that come from all corners of the state! We share your vision that the humanities can bring Alabamians together and uplift our communities. Especially right now.

Learn about our grantees: https://alabamahumanities.org/grants/alabama-humanities-recovery-grants/

Kudos on a great program, Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center! If you missed out on this talk, you can still catch t...
09/13/2021

Kudos on a great program, Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center! If you missed out on this talk, you can still catch the Water/Ways exhibit in Guntersville through October 3.

Thanks to our partners at the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service for bringing this exhibition to Alabama!

#WaterIsLife #MyWaterStory #ALhumanities

Great program today on early navigation on the Tennessee River! Many thanks to David Jones, our excellent speaker.

Remembering in Alabama…twenty years ago.  #Repost @alabamavintage with @make_repost・・・#Alabama today joins with all of #...
09/11/2021

Remembering in Alabama…twenty years ago. #Repost @alabamavintage with @make_repost
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#Alabama today joins with all of #America in remembering those killed 20 years ago today #onthisday in 2001. In honor of those who died in the #911 attacks here is a collection of photos of people who gathered that day in #Huntsville, #Birmingham and #Mobile to honor the dead and pray for the nation.

Congratulations to our 83 Alabama Humanities Recovery Grant awardees! These competitive grants will supply much-needed s...
09/09/2021
Alabama Humanities Recovery Grants - Welcome to Alabama Humanities Alliance

Congratulations to our 83 Alabama Humanities Recovery Grant awardees! These competitive grants will supply much-needed support to some of Alabama’s most cherished cultural landmarks and community resources as they continue to recover from the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant winners include museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, literacy groups, civic engagement organizations, and more.

Learn all about our newest grantees: https://alabamahumanities.org/grants/alabama-humanities-recovery-grants/

And a giant thank-you to our friends at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Alabama Humanities Recovery Grants are funded by the NEH through the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Federation of State Humanities Councils

Alabama Humanities Alliance will award up to $800,000 to help humanities-based organizations statewide recover financially from the pandemic.

On #LaborDay, a chance to learn about some overlooked laborers in our past. Did you know: Alabama was the last state in ...
09/06/2021
Convict-Lease System | Encyclopedia of Alabama

On #LaborDay, a chance to learn about some overlooked laborers in our past. Did you know: Alabama was the last state in the U.S. to abolish its exploitative convict-lease system: http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-1346

Prison Gang in BirminghamBetween 1875 and 1928, the state and counties of Alabama profited from a form of prison labor known as the convict-lease system. Under this system, companies and individuals paid fees to state and county governments in exchange for the labor of prisoners on farms, at lumbery...

Long weekend writing assignment: What does your favorite poem mean to you?
09/03/2021

Long weekend writing assignment: What does your favorite poem mean to you?

“I never take walking in here for granted. I’m sitting here right now in a space that, 60 years ago, I would not have be...
08/31/2021

“I never take walking in here for granted. I’m sitting here right now in a space that, 60 years ago, I would not have been allowed inside…”
—Dorothy Walker, site director, Freedom Rides Museum

In 1961, Montgomery’s Greyhound Bus Station, and many others across the South, witnessed scenes of violence as White mobs attacked Freedom Riders — most of them young people — attempting to force an end to segregated interstate buses, trains, and terminals. In all, some 436 riders, Black and White, participated in more than 90 Freedom Rides that year.

Dorothy Walker has a front-row seat to this preserved history. She’s the site director of the Freedom Rides Museum, housed within Montgomery’s former Greyhound station. Read her poignant reflection on the legacy of the 1961 Freedom Rides, in our latest issue of Mosaic magazine: https://alabamahumanities.org/mosaic-magazine/the-power-of-place-memory-song/

#ALhumanities #civilrights #civilrightshistory #alabama

#GranteeSpotlight: "When We Were Apollo," from Contact Light Films, is an #Emmy-award winning #documentary that highligh...
08/30/2021

#GranteeSpotlight: "When We Were Apollo," from Contact Light Films, is an #Emmy-award winning #documentary that highlights the memories and experiences of the people who helped put the first humans on the moon.

The film premiered to a standing ovation at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. By the end of 2020, it won an #Emmy in the historical documentary category from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Suncoast chapter.

#GranteeSpotlight: "When We Were Apollo," from Contact Light Films, is an #Emmy-award winning #documentary that highlights the memories and experiences of the people who helped put the first humans on the moon.

The film premiered to a standing ovation at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. By the end of 2020, it won an #Emmy in the historical documentary category from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Suncoast chapter.

Congratulations to our very own Jessica Chriesman! Her doc, "Philoxenia" is an official selection of the Sidewalk Film F...
08/27/2021

Congratulations to our very own Jessica Chriesman! Her doc, "Philoxenia" is an official selection of the Sidewalk Film Festival taking place in Birmingham this weekend!

Jessica is a filmmaker, as well as the chair of our Young Professionals Board. We can’t wait to watch her ode to the Birmingham kitchens where Southern hospitality meets Greek culture. Then we’ll probably need to go grab a bite to eat…

"Philoxenia" schedule at Sidewalk: https://sched.co/ld2J
AHA's YP Board: https://alabamahumanities.org/about/young-professionals-board/

It’s Opening Day for “Water/Ways” at The Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center. A most appropriate spot for this trave...
08/26/2021

It’s Opening Day for “Water/Ways” at The Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center. A most appropriate spot for this traveling Smithsonian exhibit, so close to the shores of Lake Guntersville!

As folks in the region know, water touches just about every aspect of life here. All of Alabama’s waterways connect us to nature, nurture our cities and culture, and can either unite or divide our people and communities. This exhibit brings all that to life in very vivid ways.

We’re honored to help bring “Water/Ways” to Alabama. This is the second of five stops the exhibit is making statewide in 2021-2022. Thank you to our partners at Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Museum on Main Street for making this possible. And kudos to our friends at The Guntersville Museum for the beautiful setup they’ve created and for connecting this national exhibit to the local community.

Congratulations to Ashley M. Jones on being named the next poet laureate of Alabama! She will be the state's first Black...
08/24/2021

Congratulations to Ashley M. Jones on being named the next poet laureate of Alabama! She will be the state's first Black poet laureate, as well as its youngest-ever. She is the founder of the Magic City Poetry Festival, creative writing faculty at Alabama School of Fine Arts, and current guest editor of the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine.

We’re honored that Jones also serves as the project poet on our new podcast, "Why It Matters: Black Alabamians and the Vote” (https://alabamahumanities.org/program/why-it-matters/). We can’t wait to see how she uplifts Alabama in the years ahead!

“When I was a little girl growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, I made a plan for my life as a poet, and part of that plan – a big, big dream – was to serve as Alabama State Poet Laureate,” Jones says. “I'm so honored to serve my home state as an ambassador, advocate, and as a lover of poetry and all the people who write it, read it, and find new magic from it in this life. I have dedicated my life so far to making poetry accessible to all, to celebrating everyone's voice, and working to eliminate gatekeeping in our industry. I'm so excited to spend the next four years helping to make Alabama poets and poetry radiate here at home and beyond.”

Congratulations to Ashley M. Jones on being named the next poet laureate of Alabama! She will be the state's first Black poet laureate, as well as its youngest-ever. She is the founder of the Magic City Poetry Festival, creative writing faculty at Alabama School of Fine Arts, and current guest editor of the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine.

We’re honored that Jones also serves as the project poet on our new podcast, "Why It Matters: Black Alabamians and the Vote” (https://alabamahumanities.org/program/why-it-matters/). We can’t wait to see how she uplifts Alabama in the years ahead!

“When I was a little girl growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, I made a plan for my life as a poet, and part of that plan – a big, big dream – was to serve as Alabama State Poet Laureate,” Jones says. “I'm so honored to serve my home state as an ambassador, advocate, and as a lover of poetry and all the people who write it, read it, and find new magic from it in this life. I have dedicated my life so far to making poetry accessible to all, to celebrating everyone's voice, and working to eliminate gatekeeping in our industry. I'm so excited to spend the next four years helping to make Alabama poets and poetry radiate here at home and beyond.”

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Day three of this awesome workshop!
My list of tech tools is longer today! I'm choosing 6 to use immediately and a couple that I'll use this spring semester. Thanks, Melanie and Melissa for this opportunity at the AHF Super Teacher PD!!!
Amazing information at the SUPER teacher Tech workshop! Don’t miss the “We Rocked the World” workshop in March!
SUPER EXCITED about my second Super "Reflecting on Our Justice System" sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation!
About to enjoy this Reflecting on Our Justice System Institute!
Civil War era Music: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/civil-war-music/index.html Civil War era heritage events in May: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/civil-war-events/may.html These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War - Thursday, May 31, History Museum of Mobile, 111 South Royal Street, Mobile. Author and historian John Sledge will share stories from his new book, “These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War."
Civil War era Music: http://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/civil-war-music/index.html Civil War era heritage events in April: http://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/civil-war-events/april.html Park Day - Saturday, April 7, at Civil War sites throughout Alabama. Annual volunteer work day sponsored by the Civil War Trust. This is a hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs and can range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail building. Contact the following (or other) Civil War era sites in Alabama for specific information about Park Day at their location: ---Fort Gaines Historic Site, Dauphin Island, 251-861-6992, www.dauphinisland.org/ ---Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Gulf Shores, 251-540-7127, www.fort-morgan.org/ ---Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, Orrville, 334-872-8058, www.cahawba.com/ ---Pond Spring, The General Joe Wheeler Home, Hillsboro, 256-637-8513, www.wheelerplantation.org/ ---Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, McCalla, 205-477-5711, www.tannehill.org/
Had a nice tour of the Making Alabama exhibit this morning. Miss Holly was great! Thanks, Fred Marshall, the Montgomery Independent Newspaper.
Montgomery, here we come! Then, it's on to all 67 counties in Alabama! Join the celebration!
Call for Applications: NEH Summer Seminar for Teachers, "Why Literature Matters: Voices from 19th c. Britain & America.” https://teachers.ucsc.edu
You have the wrong city on the Dolores Hydock post. It's Tuscumbia You people in South Alabama should come see North Alabama.
I really enjoyed the panel that you assembled for the AHF annual luncheon at The Club. I thought the moderator was brilliant and the mix of panelists was entertaining and enlightening. Thank you from the Shelby County Arts Council for all you do.