MSNHA Announcements

Registration open for outdoor-adventure business classes

Registration is open for Nature CORE, a new University of North Alabama continuing-education program that teaches entrepreneurs how to start and manage outdoor adventure businesses. Nature CORE participants can earn a level-one certificate by attending the six three-hour classes, UNA’s East Campus, 1640 Tune Ave., Florence, Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 23-25, 2018. Cost is $75 per class or $65 per class if registering for all six. Students may attend individual classes but can only earn a certificate by attending all six. Visit for details. Nature CORE is a partnership of the UNA Continuing Education and Outreach, Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area and UNA Department of Health, Physical Education and Education and also is supported by the Alabama Scenic River Trail. Contact Patrick Shremshock at, 256.765.4377 or 256.483.1175 for more information.

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.