Protect, Preserve, & Interpret 
Alabama's  Historic Places

468 S Perry St, Montgomery, AL 36104   ( 334) 230-2690
In This Issue
Calendar of Events
Guided tours are offered by appointment only, Monday - Friday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00. Self-guided tours anytime Monday-Friday, no appointment needed. Guided Saturday Tours are offered at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00 (group reservation requested but not required). 
Call Lisa Franklin, 
Site Director, at 
334-242-3188 for more information.
November 12
Photography Bird Walk, 8:00am. For more information call 205-755-1990 or click here to download flyer.
November 16-18
Annual Holiday Open House, 8:00am - 4:30pm. For more information call 334-353-4969 or click here to download flyer.
December 1
Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage meeting---
Scheduled for 10:00am in the RSH House conference room. For more information call Hannah Garmon at 334-230-2644.
December 3
Happy Birthday Alabama Wagon Tour, 10:00-11:00am. For more information call  334-872-8058. 
December 4
Plantation Christmas, 1:00-5:00pm. The traditional open house, reminiscent of the hospitality of the Old South, will feature period music and dance performances. Admission will be charged. For more information call 256-381-5052 or 256-383-0783. 
December 8
Book signing with Christy Jordan. For more information call 334-353-4969.
December 10
Open House, FREE admission. For more information call 334-687-8469. 
December 10
Jingle Jangle Christmas Celebration, 11:00am-1:30pm. For more information call 334-624-8618. 
December 11
Christmas Celebration. For more information call 334-353-4969.
December 13
Council on Alabama Archaeology meeting---
Scheduled for 1:00am in the Carriage House at AHC office in Montgomery. For more information call 334-230-2690.
Recent Press Releases

In the News

Alabama Frontier Days at Fort Toulouse/Fort Jackson a Success

Frontier Days attendance continues to grow each year which directly reflects the Alabama Historical Commission's talented, dedicated staff, the strong support of the Commission, Friends, volunteers, and re-enactors.
"This is the largest history-based education event in Alabama," said Ove Jensen, Site Director of Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson Park. "It also happens to be one of the most colorful events with the uniforms and clothing of the 1700s and early 1800s that are worn by re-enactors throughout the park."

Thank you to the media for the great coverage of the event (see "In the News" section for article links)! 

Special thank you to the volunteers, staff, Friends, and re-enactors who made this year's Frontier Days at Fort Toulouse a success. And a big thank you to all of our visitors!
Every year AHC staff comes together to help make Frontier Days a success!

AHC staff Chole Mercer, Chris Kinder, and Tryon McLaney worked the admission gate at Fort Toulouse.

Stacye Hathorn, State Archaeologist, and Commissioner Craig Sheldon worked in the archaeology tent at Fort Toulouse. 

The Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission tent at Frontier Days.

AHC staff member Ned Jenkins, Senior Archaeologist at Fort Toulouse, during an interview with Leanne with Mix 103.3.

Holiday Open House at Goat Hill Museum Store

Join us for the Goat Hill Museum Store's Holiday Open House! Located inside the historic  Alabama State Capitol  at the Union Street entrance.

Ed Bridges will hold a special book signing for Alabama: The Making of an American State on November 17 from 9:00-11:00am. 

Mulled cider and refreshments will be available to shoppers while they browse the store's large selection of unique holiday gifts. The Goat Hill Museum Store is the best place to find Alabama-made gifts, specialty food, souvenirs, holiday ornaments, and more! 

The open house will feature artisans and book signings with Alabama authors (see full schedule below). 

*November 16th
9:00am - 11:00am
Peggy Walls, "Alabama Gold"
"Karen K & S Monogramming"

11:00am - 1:00pm
Margaret Lowder, "Amos the Dog"
"Hardin's Seasoning"

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Kendell Weaver, "Ten Stars: The African American Journey of Marine General Cary Cooper"

*November 17th
9:00am - 11:00am
Larry Lee, "In the Land of Cotton"
Janet Frazier's "Blue Light Design"
"Lightning Hill Candles"
Ed Bridges, "Alabama: The Making of an American State"
"Karen K & S Monogramming"

11:00am - 1:00pm
Frye Gaillard, "Go South to Freedom"
Janet Frazier's "Blue Light Design"

1:00pm - 3:00pm

*November 18th
9:00am - 11:00am
Wade H. Hall with Nancy DuPree and Christopher Sawula, "Greetings from Alabama"
"Karen K & S Monogramming"

11:00am - 1:00pm
Chere Gillham's "Gemini Treats"
Janet Frazier's "Blue Light Design"

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mark Fagan, "RTJ, Golf Trail Its History"

For more information please call (334)353-4969.

The store is owned by the Alabama Historical Commission and all profits help continue efforts to preserve Alabama's historic places.
AHC Honors Longtime Friend Member

In November the Alabama Historical Commission honored Dr. Mildred Caudle, longtime member of the Friends of the General Joe Wheeler Foundation, for her service and dedication to the site of Pond Spring.

Dr. Mildred Caudle (far right) volunteering at the grand re-opening of Pond Spring in 2012. Pictured with Marilyn Clark and Melinda Schuedigg.

Alabama Register Update

On October 21, 2016 the Galilee Baptist Church in Gadsden was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage. 

One of the oldest African American churches in Gadsden, Galilee Baptist Church was formed in 1918 under the leadership of Reverend Yank Townsend. 

Reverend Jarrett, who pastored the church for twenty-five years, was instrumental in organizing part of the Gadsden community during the Civil Rights Movement. As part of his civil rights services, Jarrett helped arrange mass meetings and organize freedom marches while using the Galilee Baptist Church as his headquarters. 

The next Alabama Register meeting is scheduled for December 1, 2016 at 10:00am in the RSH House conference room. For more information please call Hannah Garmon at 334-230-2644.
AHC  Staff Traveled to Camden, Wilcox County

AHC Staff Dorothy Walker, Clara Nobles and Lee Anne Wofford along with Black Heritage Council Vice Chair Elvin Lang (not pictured) made a visit to Camden, Wilcox County to meet with Mr. Clifford Martin. Mr. Martin has surveyed a large part of the historic African American community in Camden for possible inclusion in the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. Mr. Martin gave the group a tour of some of the historic sites in Camden. In addition to the residential area, the tour included some buildings in downtown including the historic courthouse, several civil rights related churches, the site of the former black school Camden Academy and the remains of an antebellum brick wall believed to have once held slaves. 

AHC Site Welcomed Alabama Historical Association

In October the AHC site, Pond Spring, the General Joe Wheeler Home, welcomed members of the Alabama Historical Association during their Fall Pilgrimage in Decatur. 
The Alabama World War I Centennial

Does your community have a WWI monument, memorial or historic site? As the nation prepares to commemorate the centennial of the Great War, Alabama's WWI Centennial Committee has launched a new effort to document our state's WWI monuments and memorials.

For more information and to learn how you get involved, visit or call 334-353-4689. 
Where in the State are the AHC Staff?

AHC staff participated at the annual Moundville Native American Festival
Staff and Commissioners celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Alabama Historical Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act in Montgomery at the Quarterly Commission Meeting.

AHC Staff attended the public hearings for civil rights sites in Anniston and Birmingham. They encouraged officials (Secretary of U.S. Department of the Interior, Sally Jewell, Director for the NPS, John Jarvis, and Congresswoman Terri Sewell) to connect the Freedom Rides sites to the historic Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station. 

Hannah Garmon, AHC Historical Marker Coordinator, attended the unveiling of a new marker at Fort Jabe Brassell, home of the Alabama National Guard's Battery C 3rd Battalion 117th Field Artillery and Detachment 1 900th  Maintenance Company.

AHC Staff member Mary Shell (on far right) participated in Design Alabama Connectlivity charrette in Athens. They worked with a group to help identify tourism itineraries to show the best of Alabama's cultural and natural resources.

Happenings at #AHCsites

The Freedom Rides Museum served as a stop during the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Montgomery
Confederate Memorial Park installed new interpretive signs throughout the park

Confederate Memorial Park staff refreshed exhibits 
Group tours at Fort Morgan. Call Dylan Tucker to book your tour at 
Special thank you to the Alabama Paranormal Research team, volunteers, and staff who helped make this year's Haunted History at Old Cahawba a success! If you missed it, be sure to mark  your calendars for next year.

Students from Calhoun Community College and Athens State University volunteered to work in Miss Annie's flowerbed at Pond Spring, the Gen. Joe Wheeler Home.

Happenings Around the State  

November 8, 2016 - February 27, 2017 - The Modernization of Tuscaloosa's Built Environment: The Architecture of Don Buel Schuyler, 1937 - 1964, a new exhibit at the University of Alabama's Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum. A special preview of the exhibit will be Monday, November 7, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm.

November 11 - 13, 2016 - Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation Lyceum Series 2016. Join the Trust for a weekend in Cullman, Alabama's authentic German Community. For more information and to register, please visit or call 205-652-3497.
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