MSNHA Announcements

Summer time is festival time in the MSNHA!

We've got music, watermelons, arts & crafts and more. Check local tourism offices as well as, website for the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, for schedules.

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.