MSNHA Announcements

Family-friendly fall!

Fall is for family field trips--and it's the picture-perfect time to explore the MSNHA. Check our Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/MuscleShoalsNationalHeritageArea/, for events & festivals, and visit your local tourism offices & websites for updates. Another great resource for all things northwest Alabama is the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, at http://www.northalabama.org/

African-American artifacts, documents & stories collected

With help from a MSNHA community grant, local unity initiative Project Say Something and the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library will gather area African-American artifacts and stories from community members through a series of “history harvests.” Objects will be photographed and returned, and documents will be scanned and the originals returned. The digital files will be compiled into a database to be hosted on the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library website as part of the library’s local history department. The "history harvests" are set for • Sept. 17, Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 2-5 p.m. • Oct. 28, Handy Recreation Center, 2-5 p.m. • Nov. 19, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, 2-5 p.m. For details or to set up a separate appointment, contact project manager Brian Murphy at brian.w.murphy1985@gmail.com.

Happy 200th birthday, Alabama!

Alabama begins celebrating its bicentennial this year with exhibits, educational opportunities, workshops, presentations, statewide initiatives and plenty of family activities. Want to volunteer? Check out http://www.alabama200.org/ for all of the details as well as an updated list of events and ways to participate.