The Year of Alabama History 2009
Avisit to Alabama is a march through time. Etched in the cornerstone of our American heritage, you will discover
Native American, Civil War, and Civil
Rights history, as well as a proud heritage in
music, sports, and aviation in Alabama.
In fact, everywhere you travel along our
Southern soil — from the state’s birthplace
in Huntsville to Birmingham, our largest city to historic Montgomery, and on
down to the coastal plains and the bayous of
Mobile Bay — you will see history reflected in pine-ringed rivers flowing from lofty
mountain tops, captured in old churches,
forts, sweeping plantation homes, and museums, and echoing from the shadows of
If there is ever a place that is woven
into the woof and warp of America, it is
Alabama. From its prehistoric Indian heritage and territorial beginning through the
Civil War and Civil Rights eras, to present-day, it has formed the setting for some of the
most dramatic chapters ever written in our
A game of checkers at an old-fashioned general store in Beatrice.
The Year of Alabama Small
Towns & Downtowns
Coming in 2010
Alabama is gearing up for one big yearlong party, and we want you to be a part of
Governor Bob Riley has issued an open
invitation for former residents and visitors
to come and experience the best of Alabama
during the Year of Alabama Small Towns
and Downtowns celebration.
Activities will be held in and around
parks, on downtown streets, and at museums and attractions throughout the state.
During homecoming weekends in
Alabama, you can witness the unveiling of
a locally written historic marker, hear fascinating stories about growing up in the
South from local citizens, participate in a
downtown walking tour, step back in time
to celebrate our history, or experience
local culture during any one of the more
than 1,600 festivals and events taking place
around the state in the coming year.
But that’s not all. You’ll see neighbors
getting together with neighbors, churches
having old-fashioned potluck dinners on
the grounds, and museums, old homes and
historic attractions beckoning you to step
inside for a tour.
We have a lot to celebrate, so do join us in
2010! The party starts when you get here! STS