Upcoming Events


▼   Monthly Lecture Series

All archaeology talks are FREE and open to the public! Talks are geared toward adult general audiences. Like us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information regarding upcoming programs. 

January 2019

Free Archaeology Talk by USA Research Assistant Emily Warner, Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6:00pm

Join us at the USA Archaeology Museum on Wednesday, January 23, 2018 at 6pm for a free archaeology talk by Emily Warner, Research Assistant at the USA Center for Archaeological Studies. The title of her talk is "Analysis Of Prehistoric Ceramics From A Fourteenth-Century Native American House, Carter Robinson Site (44LE10), Lee County, Virginia." The talk is intended for adult audiences.

February 2019

An Ancient Canoe Canal in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Dr. Greg Waselkov, Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:00pm (TALK HELD AT THE MARX LIBRARY AUDITORIUM)

Local lore and circumstantial evidence have long identified a large ditch-like feature spanning the Fort Morgan Peninsula west of Gulf Shores as an ancient canal. An on-going volunteer effort organized by citizens of Gulf Shores, Alabama, has now confirmed that folk identification. Archival, geoarchaeological, and radiocarbon evidence indicates a Middle Woodland date (about 1,400 years old) for the canal, which extends for half a mile between Oyster Bay and Little Lagoon, connecting Mobile Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. This may be the westernmost ancient canoe canal yet identified in the Southeast. The City of Gulf Shores plans to highlight a preserved section of canal in a heritage trail.

March 2019

Alabama Humanities Foundation Bicentennial Scholar Lecture: From Territory to State: The Story of Early Alabama, Mike Bunn, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 6:00pm

Alabama’s territorial and early statehood years represent a crucial formative period in its past, a time in which the state both literally and figuratively took shape. This history is rich with stories of charismatic leaders, rugged frontiersmen, a dramatic and pivotal war that shaped the state’s trajectory, raging political intrigue, and pervasive sectional rivalry. In this fast-paced and richly illustrated presentation, historian Mike Bunn introduces one of the most consequential, but little understood, eras of Alabama history.

April 2019

Lost Mobile: The Houses, Tom McGehee, Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6:00pm

Over three centuries Mobilians have lived in a variety of structures.  Houses were considered somewhat disposable in eras when preservation was non-existent.  Sadly this idea only accelerated in the 20th century as some of the city’s most unique houses became victims of non-stoppable “progress.”  Join Tom McGehee as he shares images of Mobile’s lost residential architecture. (Warning: Some of the losses are downright obscene!)

▼   Family Programs and Other Special Events

January 2019

Archaeologist for an Afternoon: Make a Split Twig Figurine! Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 3:30pm-5:00pm

We hope you can join us for a fun after-school opportunity to learn about archaeology both in AND outside Alabama on Wednesday, January 16! Drop in anytime between 3:30pm and 5:00pm to tour the museum, learn about the importance of archaeological preservation, and make your own split twig figurine out of pipe cleaners! This activity is ideal for ages 7 and up. Admission to the event and museum is FREE.

Split twig figurines are some of the most fascinating artifacts found in the Grand Canyon area of the United States. They were made from willow twigs and appear to represent bighorn sheep and mule deer. Many of the figurines are thousands of years old!

January Family Day: Ice Age Archaeology! Saturday, January 19, 2019, 11am-2pm

Join us at the USA Archaeology Museum for our January family day event, "Ice Age Archaeology!" Stop by anytime between 11am and 2pm on Saturday, January 19th for fun craft activities. Kids can make their own wooly mammoth, throwing spear, or rock art! The Museum's permanent and temporary exhibit galleries will also be open for self-guided tours, so it would be a great time to visit the Museum if you are unable to stop by during the week! Admission to the event and Museum, as always, is FREE. We hope to see you there!

February 2019

Opening Reception for "Art on the Inside," Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 5pm-7pm

Join us for the opening reception for "Art on the Inside," an exhibit brought to us in partnership with Auburn University and USA's Common Read/Common World program. The exhibit complements this year's book selection, "Just Mercy," by Bryan Stevenson. The opening reception will take place on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, from 5-7pm. Light refreshments will be provided, with introductory comments from a guest speaker beginning at 6pm.

"Art on the Inside" is a traveling exhibit of work produced by students that have taken pre-college art classes in Auburn University's Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. The exhibit is made up of drawings and photographs, and occasionally poems. More information on the program may be found at http://apaep.auburn.edu/art-on-the-inside/.

More information on USA's Common Read/Common World program may be found here: https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/commonread/.

February Family Saturday at the Museum: Mardi Gras Crafts, Saturday, February 23, 2019, 11am-2pm

Please join us on Saturday, February 23rd from 11am-2pm for Mardi Gras crafts at the USA Archaeology Museum! Stop in anytime between 11am and 2pm to tour the Museum and make a fun mask or jester hat with your children! Parents or guardians must remain with their children at all times. All ages welcome!

Admission the event and Museum is free. We hope to see you there!

Mardi Gras in Alabama! Read-Aloud & Book Signing, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 3:30pm

Please join us at the USA Archaeology Museum on Tuesday, February 26th at 3:30pm for a read-aloud and book signing of Mardi Gras in Alabama! by local author and USA professor of education, Karyn Tunks!

Admission to the event and Museum is free, and all ages are welcome!

Follow Folly as he celebrates Mardi Gras in Alabama! Hang on tight because he wants to see every parade in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Folly has a front-row seat as he rides with kings and queens and tags along with Joe Cain. From catching throws with the crowd to joining right in with the marching bands, Folly is a part of all the festivities. Through bouncing rhyme and lively illustrations, Karyn Tunks and Alexis Braud capture the unique flavor of Carnival season along Alabama's Gulf Coast. Highlighting the best of the local revelry, Folly brings young readers along as he explores favorite Mobile-area traditions. A glossary of people, places and things completes Carnival fans' introduction to the most colorful season of the year. So come along and join the fun as we celebrate Mardi Gras in Alabama! Written by Karyn W. Tunks PhD and Illustrated by Alexis Braud.

March 2019

Archaeology Craft & Story Time: "Lightship" by Brian Floca, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 3:30pm-4:15pm

Join us for a FREE afterschool craft and story time event on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 3:30pm. We'll learn about maritime archaeology as we read the book "Lightship" by Brian Floca, and follow up our story time with a fun foam boat making activity! The book is geared toward children ages 4-7, but all ages are welcome. Parents or guardians must remain with children at all times during the event. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to ccravins@southalabama.edu.

April 2019

Archaeology Craft & Story Time: "How Chipmunk Got His Stripes," Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 3:30pm-4:15pm

Please join us at the Archaeology Museum on Wednesday, April 3 at 3:30pm for craft and story time! This month we'll be reading "How Chipmunk Got His Stripes," a book based on a Native American folktale, by Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac. After the story, we'll make fun paper bag chipmunk crafts!

This event is geared toward children ages 5-8, but all are welcome. Parents or guardians must remain with children through the duration of the event. Admission is free. If you plan to attend,  please RSVP to ccravins@southalabama.edu

May 2019

Opening Reception for "The Making of a Food Desert: A Byproduct of Urban Renewal," Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 5pm-7pm

Please join us at the USA Archaeology Museum on Tuesday, May 7 from 5pm-7pm to celebrate our new temporary exhibit, "The Making of a Food Desert: A Byproduct of Urban Renewal," now on display through summer 2019. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be provided.

This exhibition features the work of Community Health Advocate (CHA) Barbara M. Hodnett, who facilitates health education and outreach in the 36603 zip code zone in Mobile. As a result of Urban Renewal, 36603 changed radically from the 1950s through the 1990s. Photos taken of existing buildings and archival images, as well as interviews with residents that lived through the urban renewal era, are used to illustrate one of the major byproducts of this event- the creation of a food desert through the fragmentation of the neighborhood, hence the title of this exhibit. Here, we see the distinct loss of vital businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, entertainment and much more- that never returned.

This exhibit is co-presented by the USA Center for Healthy Communities.