LECTURE SERIES (at USA Archaeology Museum)
Tombstone Tales: Cemeteries, Symbols, and Stories, Katherine Sims, Florida Public Archaeology Network
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6pm-7pm
Historic cemeteries are amazing outdoor museums containing vast amounts of information on markers and tombstones that can be "read" like historic documents. This presentation describes the development of the modern cemetery, the kinds of information that can be learned from inscriptions and symbols on markers, the laws protecting historic cemeteries in Florida, and ways to protect them for the future.
Catching Babies and Healing Women: The Science and Art of an African-American Midwife in 19th Century Mobile, Dr. Laurie Wilkie, University of California at Berkeley, co-sponsored by the Mobile Medical Museum
Thursday, September 29, 2016 6pm-7pm
The History and Archaeology of Blakeley State Park, Mike Bunn, Director of Operations, Blakeley State Park
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 6pm-7pm
Learn about the history and archaeology of Blakeley State Park by Director of Operations, Mike Bunn. Blakeley is a 2,000 acre historic and nature park located near Spanish Fort, Alabama.
Famous Lost Words: Recording and Preserving Oral History, Maurice Gandy, adjunct English instructor at the University of South Alabama and oral history feature correspondent with the Mobile Press-Register
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6pm-7pm
Alabamians are justly proud of their personal heritage, but unrecorded stories, anecdotes and legends within families (and communities) are often lost when storytellers pass on. Many of these experiences have been part of local, national or even international historical events, including wars, hurricanes and societal changes. This presentation, “Famous Lost Words: Recording and Preserving Oral History,” motivates participants to use basic techniques of interviewing and recording to save the human side of their family and community legacy. The interactive session concludes with handouts from oral history Internet sites, and research tips from archivists utilized by the facilitator in his own research as a college/university English instructor and a feature correspondent for the Mobile Press-Register. A question-and-answer period follows the presentation. The personally fulfilling challenge of oral history is to “preserve it or lose it!” And the time to start is now.
SCIENCE CAFES (Location TBA)
For those of you who missed them, Science cafés are live—and lively—events that take place in casual settings. They are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist or social scientist about a timely topic.
Fall Lineup Coming Soon!