Making Alabama. A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit presented by Alabama Humanities Foundation made its long-awaited debut in Montgomery Mach 5, displaying 200 years of Alabama history and beyond. The exhibit opened in the capitol in the Old Supreme Court Library and will be on display through March 30 before going on a 19-month tour, which will include an exhibition in Greene County at Eutaw National Guard Armory from August 16, 2019 – August 28, 2019.
The public is invited to the opening reception Monday, August 19 at 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Armory.
This impressive display blends artistic collages, interactive computer tablets and an audio medley of song and spoken word to tell the story of Alabama – from becoming a territory to achieving statehood. It also conveys a message of “Hope” in its presentation about the future.
Beginning in April, the exhibit will be on tour for 19 months, traveling to all 67 of Alabama’s counties. Four exhibits have been built, and they will travel the state concurrently so that all counties will be able to experience this historic event in that time period.
Organizers say AHF was a natural choice for coordinating the traveling exhibit with decades of experience through its partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit.
“Just like the Smithsonian, where not everyone has the opportunity to view a Smithsonian exhibit in Washington, not everyone can make it to Montgomery to see Alabama Department of Archives and History’s unparalleled ‘Voices’ exhibit,” said AHF Executive Director Armand DeKeyser. “What we are putting together gives them that opportunity.”
In addition, host communities are assembling their own historical exhibits and collateral programming and activities to showcase their own history and put their signature on this event.
“It’s amazing what these communities are planning to celebrate their history and the 200 years of Alabama as a state,” DeKeyser said. “We are honored to be able to be a part of this epic undertaking, and we look forward to the next 19 months as it makes its way through towns and cities across our state.”
In Greene County, plans for the local exhibit and activities include: an open reception on Monday, August 19, 2019 the public is invited.
“It just is a feel-good opportunity to mix and mingle and learn where we come from and how Alabama is progressing and changing,” said Mayor Raymond Steele, City of Eutaw.
“This Bicentennial celebrates the state and the many accomplishments achieved. In addition, it also represents hope for a bright future of America’s finest citizens,” stated Danny Cooper, Chairman of the Greene County Industrial Development Authority and founding member of the Eutaw Garden Club and Downtown Revitalization Committee.
“For us, hosting this celebration exhibit represents the significant role the people of this beautiful west Alabama community, situated in Alabama’s Black Belt, played in the growth and development of our great state,” said Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce President, Beverley Gordon.
Special thanks to the Greene County Commission.
To learn more about this statewide exhibit and scheduling, go to: MakingAlabama.org.
About the Alabama Humanities Foundation
Alabama Humanities Foundation mission is to foster learning, understanding and appreciation of our people, communities and cultures. As the independent, state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the AHF supports and offers programs that will enhance the minds and enrich the lives of Alabamians.