MSNHA Announcements

Next MSNHA community grants deadline is Sept. 15

Deadline to submit applications for the next cycle of MSNHA's community grants is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Go to to read the guidelines, find an application & see other required documents. Questions? Email

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

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 for all of the details as well as an updated list of events and ways to participate.