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Alabama History Podcasts
20 minutes | Jan 9, 2023
Episode 58 Christa Kieffer, 2022 Coley Research Awardee
Episode # 58 Christa Kieffer -- 2022 Coley Research Award recipient, on Happy Chandler and George Wallace Air Date: January 9, 2023 Christa Kieffer, doctoral student in history at the University of Kentucky, discusses her dissertation project on A. B. "Happy" Chandler, who was the first pick as George Wallace's 1968 vice-presidential running mate. She also talks about her proposed article that won the CJ and Evelyn Coley Research Award from the Alabama Historical Association in 2022, "'I'm Afraid He Ain't Our Kind of Folks': George Wallace, Happy Chandler, And the Making of Modern Conservatism." Links mentioned in the episode: CJ and Evelyn Coley Research Award (Alabama Historical Association) -- https://www.alabamahistory.net/clinton-jackson-and-evelyn-coley-re Dan T. Carter Research Files, c.1930-2006, Emory University -- https://findingaids.library.emory.edu/documents/carter777/ The Politics of Rage (Dan Carter's biography of George Wallace) -- https://lsupress.org/books/detail/the-politics-of-rage/ A.B. "Happy" Chandler Papers, University of Kentucky -- https://exploreuk.uky.edu/fa/findingaid/?id=xt72jm23br0c George C. Wallace Collection, Alabama Department of Archives and History -- https://www.archives.state.al.us/research/finding-aids/v9868.pdf Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky -- https://libraries.uky.edu/locations/special-collections-research-center/louie-b-nunn-center-oral-history Rather read? Here's a link to the transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1483dSSe8UYZsQelM5AGnkMBWYZUFOcgGJlnlktxCeHY/edit?usp=share_link *Just a heads up – the provided transcript is likely to be less than 100% accurate. The Alabama History Podcast's producer is Marty Olliff and its associate producer is Laura Murray. Founded in 1947, the Alabama Historical Association is the oldest statewide historical society in Alabama. The AHA provides opportunities for meaningful engagement with the past through publications, meetings, historical markers, and other programs. See the website https://www.alabamahistory.net/
27 minutes | Dec 6, 2022
Episode 057 Hilary Green, The Hallowed Ground Project
Episode # 57 Dr. Hillary Green - Hallowed Grounds Project December 7, 2022 _________________________________ “Who were these rented slaves?” Our guest today is Dr. Hillary Green, a full professor at Davidson College, who has recently been an associate professor of history in the department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama. She's the author of Educational Reconstruction, African American Schools in the Urban South 1865 to 1890, published by Fordham University Press in 2016, and is the series editor of Reconstruction Reconsidered by the University of South Carolina Press. But our interest today with Dr. Green is the project she has conducted at the University of Alabama called the Hallowed Grounds Project. Links mentioned in episode: Hallowed Grounds Project - https://hgreen.people.ua.edu/hallowed-grounds-project.html Hallowed Grounds Project - https://www.hngreenphd.com/the-hallowed-grounds-project.html Hallowed Grounds Tours - https://bfsa.ua.edu/hallowed-grounds-tours.html University of Alabama - https://www.ua.edu/ Gender and RaceStudies at UA - https://grs.as.ua.edu/ Davidson College - https://www.davidson.edu/ Fordham Press - https://www.fordhampress.com/9780823270125/educational-reconstruction/ USC Press - https://uscpress.com/Reconstruction-Reconsidered Association for African American Life and History - https://asalh.org/ Alabama Association of Historians - https://www.alabamaassochistorians.org/ Ehren Foley at USC Press - firstname.lastname@example.org Alabama Department of Archives and History - https://archives.alabama.gov/ Rather read? – Here’s the link to the transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Lmvtx9_4hf6POADBZ0fcyh1Zo-0gaW2Qn3xQSP8tyoo/edit?usp=sharing *Just a heads up – the provided transcript is likely to not be 100% accurate. _________________________________ Founded in 1947, the Alabama Historical Association is the oldest statewide historical society in Alabama. The AHA provides opportunities for meaningful engagement with the past through publications, meetings, historical markers, and other programs. Listen to the Alabama History Podcast on Apple, SoundCloud, Google and Stitcher. If you enjoyed this edition of the Alabama History Podcast, don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode! Alabama History Podcast - https://twitter.com/ALHistPodcast Alabama Historical Association on the web - https://www.alabamahistory.net/ Alabama Historical Association on Twitter - https://twitter.com/AL_history Alabama Historical Association on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AlabamaHistory Alabama Historical Association on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/al_history/ Producer – Marty Olliff Associate Producer – Laura Murray
26 minutes | Nov 10, 2022
Episode 056 Carole Ann King Alabama Quilts 2022 Sulzby Award
Episode # 56 Carole Ann King – Alabama Quilts, 2022 Sulzby Award Recipient November 10, 2022 _________________________________ "Quilts are Alabama Folk Art and History" Today's guest is Carol Ann King, Curator at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery (Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery, Inc.) whose book, Alabama Quilts: Wilderness through World War II, 1682-1950 (University of Mississippi Press, 2020), won the Alabama Historical Association's 2022 James Sulzby Award for best book published on the state's history in the previous two years. Ms. King discusses the decade-long community quilt survey conducted by King and her co-author, Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff (1944-2019) – known as "Sunny" throughout the quilting community of the US Southeast that she documented throughout her career —that exposed more than 4000 historical quilts in the state. They chose over 200 to photograph and tell those stories in their lavish work. Links mentioned in the episode: Alabama Quilts, University of Mississippi Press -- https://www.upress.state.ms.us/Books/A/Alabama-Quilts Old Alabama Town -- https://www.oldalabamatown.com/ Birmingham Museum of Art -- https://www.artsbma.org/ Made in Alabama: A State Legacy (at Amazon) -- https://tinyurl.com/2p8ehynd Alabama Cultural Survey Records (Bham Museum of Art) -- https://cdm16044.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16044coll7 If you'd rather read the transcript, you can find it here (caveat: the provided transcript is likely to be less than 100% accurate) -- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pg2x0MuFmxprt2kw343-YtEHVmrlG8iOfxQ7kagTIP8/edit?usp=share_link _________________________________ Founded in 1947, the Alabama Historical Association is the oldest statewide historical society in Alabama. The AHA provides opportunities for meaningful engagement with the past through publications, meetings, historical markers, and other programs. https://www.alabamahistory.net/
18 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
Episode 055 Daryn Glassbrook, Mobile Medical Museum, 2022 AHA Museum Award Winner
Episode # 55 Dr. Daryn Glassbrook - The Mobile Medical Museum October 3, 2022 _________________________________ The Mobile Medical Museum won the Alabama Historical Association's Historical Museum Award for 2022. ********** From iron lungs to medicinal gardening and special exhibits - the Mobile Medical Museum boasts over 300 years of medical history and artifacts. Our guest today is Dr. Daryn Glassbrook, Executive Director of the Mobile Medical Museum. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Samuel Eichold II, the Mobile Medical Museum preserves and exhibits medical artifacts and archives to commemorate Mobile's prominent place in the history of medical education and public health in the state of Alabama and the Gulf Coast. The Museum's collections and exhibitions provide the public with a broad understanding of the evolution of the art and science of health care. Links mentioned in this episode: University of South Alabama - https://www.southalabama.edu/ University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital - https://www.usahealthsystem.com/locations/childrens-womens-hospital University of Alabama at Birmingham - https://www.uab.edu/home/ Master Gardeners of Mobile County - https://mg.aces.edu/mobile/ Mobile Urban Growers - https://www.mobileurbangrowers.org/ Full Life Ahead Foundation - https://fulllifeahead.org/ Poarch Band of Creek Indians - https://pci-nsn.gov/ Mobile Medical Museum on the web - https://www.mobilemedicalmuseum.org/ Mobile Medical Museum on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MobileMedicalMuseum/ Mobile Medical Museum on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mobilemedicalmuseum/ Rather read? Here’s the link to the transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ET_Gp-u9qubJ8p6ZhrokPwk-pnW5y5DM1ohcv4l19fk/edit?usp=sharing *Just a heads up – the provided transcript is likely to not be 100% accurate. _________________________________ Founded in 1947, the Alabama Historical Association is the oldest statewide historical society in Alabama. The AHA provides opportunities for meaningful engagement with the past through publications, meetings, historical markers, and other programs. Listen to the Alabama History Podcast on Apple, SoundCloud, Google and Stitcher. If you enjoyed this edition of the Alabama History Podcast, don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode! Alabama History Podcast - https://twitter.com/ALHistPodcast Alabama Historical Association on the web - https://www.alabamahistory.net/ Alabama Historical Association on Twitter - https://twitter.com/AL_history Alabama Historical Association on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AlabamaHistory Alabama Historical Association on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/al_history/
21 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
Episode 054, 2022 AHA Fall Pilgrimage In Mentone
Listen to this episode: SoundCloud | Apple | Google | Stitcher ********** WELCOME TO ASSOCIATE PRODUCER LAURA MURRAY! ********** “Musical Mountain Stream” Mentone, Alabama, is the site of the Alabama Historical Association’s Fall Pilgrimage on September 24th, 2022. Nestled on the brow of Lookout Mountain, Mentone is a lovely mountain town with something for just about everyone. In this episode, we are joined by long-time resident of Mentone, Holley Midgley, who tells us some of the exciting things we’ll see and do in September. Links mentioned in episode: Mentone, Alabama: http://mentonealabama.gov/ DeSoto Falls: https://www.alapark.com/desoto-state-park/waterfalls%5C Little River Canyon: https://www.nps.gov/liri/index.htm DeSoto State Park CCC Museum: https://www.alapark.com/parks/DSP-CCC-museum DeSoto State Park: https://www.alapark.com/parks/desoto-state-park Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel: https://visitlookoutmountain.com/sallie-howard-memorial-chapel/ _Vagabond Dreamer_ by Elizabeth Howard: https://www.amazon.com/Vagabond-Dreamer-Elizabeth-S-Howard/dp/0873971116/ref%3Dcm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 Berry College (Rome, GA): https://www.berry.edu/ Mentone Inn: https://www.mentoneinn.com/ Mentone Arts Center: https://www.mentoneartscenter.org/ Youtube Video: Mentone: Where Little River Runs: https://youtu.be/1q3ZQ2WbacU Rather read? – Here’s the transcript (on Google Drive): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CwBKeuRpgkZIHKYy6HwRUOeQtlIuuAyD0qN6ZP7E8Fc/edit?usp=sharing ********** Founded in 1947, the Alabama Historical Association is the oldest statewide historical society in Alabama. The AHA provides opportunities for meaningful engagement with the past through publications, meetings, historical markers, and other programs. If you enjoyed this edition of the Alabama History Podcast, don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode! Alabama History Podcast: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALHistPodcast Alabama Historical Association -- Twitter: https://twitter.com/AL_history Website: https://www.alabamahistory.net/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlabamaHistory Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/al_history/
12 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
Episode 053 Rachel Hartsell On Alabama History Day
Rachel Hartsell discusses Alabama History Day and National History Day, especially the 2023 renewal of in-person competition at Auburn University Montgomery. Contacts for information on Alabama History Day and National History Day: Alabama Humanities Alliance – Alabama History Day: https://alabamahumanities.org/program/alabama-history-day/ Alabama History Day, March 3, 2023, flier: https://alabamahumanities.org/app/uploads/2022/07/AHD_2023_Flyer.pdf National History Day: https://www.nhd.org/ Also, hear Jerald Crook and student Elizabeth Rhonemus discuss Alabama History day before 2020 in episode 33: https://soundcloud.com/alabamahistory/aha033
16 minutes | Jul 15, 2022
Episode 052 Jim Baggett, AHA President 2022 - 23
AHA President, 2022-23, Jim Baggett is head of the Archives Department of the Birmingham Public Library. He discusses his plans for his term in office, including the Fall Pilgrimage in Mentone, the Annual Meeting in Prattville, and increasing AHA's visibility through enhanced social media presence. Jim also introduces a new initiative, the AHA Speakers Bureau. He appeared in Episode 47 as winner of the 2020 Milo Howard Award for his article in the July 2018 Alabama Review entitled "A Law-Abiding People: Alabama's 1901 Constitution and the Attempted Lynching of Jim Brown." (https://soundcloud.com/alabamahistory/aha-047) Jim mentions four items available on the internet, linked here: AHA Fall Newsletter: https://www.alabamahistory.net/newsletters Video: "Mentone: Where the Little River Runs," YouTube, https://youtu.be/1q3ZQ2WbacU Prattville meeting keynote speakers Cynthia Tucker and Frey Gaillard, The Southernization of America: A Story of Democracy in the Balance (New South Press, 2022), http://www.newsouthbooks.com/bkpgs/detailtitle.php?isbn_solid=158838456X AHA Speakers Bureau Webpage: https://www.alabamahistory.net/speakersbureau
17 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
Episode 051: Melissa Young, winner of the 2022 Wiggins Dissertation Award
Independent scholar Dr. Melissa F. Young (University of Alabama, 2020)discusses her dissertation, "Magic City Jews: Integration and Public Memory, 1871-1911," for which she won the Alabama Historical Association's inaugural Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins Dissertation Award in 2022. Dr. Young also discusses her current project, the Beth-El Civil Rights Experience that you can find at this URL: https://templebeth-el.net/education/beth-el-civil-rights-experience/
16 minutes | May 17, 2022
Episode 050: J. Mills Thornton on the Big Interest Cases in antebellum Alabama political history
J. Mills Thornton, III, discusses his article "The Big Interest Cases" in the Alabama Review, v. 73, no. 3, July 2020. The Alabama Legislature's involvement with these cases exposed and lengthened the political divide between Alabama's elites and anti-elites. Originally interviewed and recorded by Alabama Review editor Matthew Downs on Facebook in July 2020.
15 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
Episode 049: Dallas Hanbury on Local Records About Slavery in Alabama
Dallas Hanbury discusses his article, "Documenting Slavery at the Local Level: Montgomery County, AL; A Case Study," Alabama Review, vol. 73, no. 3, July 2020. Originally interviewed and recorded by Alabama Review editor Matthew Downs on Facebook in July 2020.
26 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Episode 048: Guy Hubbs, Tuscaloosa: 200 Years in the Making, 2020 AHA Coley Award Winner
Guy Hubbs discusses his book _Tuscaloosa: 200 Years in the Making_, winner of the 2020 Coley Award for best book in local history presented by the Alabama Historical Association.
15 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Episode 047: Jim Baggett, winner of 2020 Milo Howard Award
Jim Baggett, Director of the archives at the Birmingham (AL) Public Library, discusses his 2020 Alabama Historical Association Milo B. Howard Award winning article, “’A Law Abiding People’: Alabama’s 1901 Constitution and the Attempted Lynching of Jim Brown” published in July 2018. The Howard Award goes to the best article published in The Alabama Review in the previous two years.
15 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Episode 046: Mike Bunn talks Blakeley Park and Fourteenth Colony
Mike Bunn, author and executive director of Blakeley State Park near Spanish Fort, AL, talks about hosting the 2021 Alabama Historical Association Fall Pilgrimage, the charms of Blakeley State Park, and his new book, _Fourteenth Colony: The Forgotten History of the Gulf South during America's Revolutionary Era_ published by New South Books in 2021.
37 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Episode 045: Genealogists: Going Beyond Kin with Drs. Donna Baker and Shari Williams
"Genealogists: Going Beyond Kin" is the final installment of the Alabama Historical Association's "2020 & the Future of Alabama History" FBLive series. Drs. Donna Baker and Shari Williams discuss African-American genealogy and the Beyond Kin Project (https://beyondkin.org). Originally recorded via FB Live on December 2, 2020. For more "2020 and the Future of Alabama History" podcasts, see episodes 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, and 43.
18 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Episode 044: Ben Severance, AHA President 2021-22, June 2021.
AHA President, 2021-22, Dr. Ben Severance, is a professor of history at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM). He discusses his plans for his term as AHA president as well as his own research into US Civil War era Alabama and Tennessee.
41 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Episode 043: B.Hilyer, S. Davis, R. Bailey, S. Kirkland On Charles Oscar Haris
Charles Oscar Harris was a long-time Alabama legislator and community leader during and after Reconstruction. Through genealogical research, his Black and White descendants discovered each other. With Dr. Richard Bailey, they discuss Harris's historical importance, and with Scotty Kirkland they discuss the process of securing a historical marker. This is part of the Alabama Historical Association Facebook Live series, "2020 & the Future of Alabama History. Recorded on November 17, 2020.
32 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Episode 042: 2021 National Historic Marker Day w/ E. Blejwas, A. Covin, & S. Kirkland
Emily Blewjas (Alabama Folklife Association) and Dr. Alex Covin (Alabama Women's Suffrage Centennial Committee) discuss two William G. Pomeroy Foundation funded marker programs. Scotty Kirkland (Alabama Historical Association Marker Committee) discusses the AHA's historical marker program that's operated since the 1950s.
38 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Episode 041: C. Sears, D. Adan, V. Bocchino, S. Kirkland on the Avalon Plantation at UAH
Dr. Christine Sears (UAH History), Drew Adan (UAH Archives), Vaughn Bocchino (independent scholar), and Scotty Kirkland (chair of the Alabama Historical Association Marker Committee)talk about documenting, placing a historical marker, and involving the community in programs concerning the Avalon Plantation and its cemetery, the site of the University of Alabama at Huntsville campus. This is part of the AL Hist Assn's "2020 and the Future of Alabama History" series. It was presented on November 11, 2020 via Facebook Live.
43 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Episode 040: Richard Bailey on 2020 & the Future of Alabama History
Dr. Richard Bailey discusses the place of Black History in the history of the state, the future of Alabama History in light of COVID and BLM in 2020, and profiles of some people from his book, _They, Too, Call Alabama Home_ (https://alabamablackhistory.com/they-too-call-alabama-home-african-american-profiles-1800-1999/). Recorded October 6, 2020.
47 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Episode 039, Frye Gaillard on 2020 & the Future of Alabama History
Mobile (AL) author and historian Frye Gaillard talks about racial issues in the state's history, his research and books, stories of perseverance and success, and the future of Alabama history in light of COVID and BLM during 2020. Recorded September 4, 2020.
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