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, 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

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.