Feb. 28, Tuesday, 4:00, Early Works Museum, 404 Madison Street – Free

Dr. Ed Davis on his new book, Alabama: the Making of an American State

Bridges served as the director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History for thirty years. He has served as president of the Alabama Historical Association, as well as a member of the Alabama Historical Commission, the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, the Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame, the Governor’s Mansion Advisory Board, and the Alabama Historical Records Advisory Board.


March 9, Thursday, 6:30 – Elks Lodge, 725 Franklin St., Huntsville – Free

Dr. John Marszalek, “Sherman: Myth and Reality,” Tenn. Valley Civil War Round Table.  Dr. Marszalek is the retired distinguished professor of history at Mississippi State.  This is a return engagement for Dr. Marszalek, who has proven popular with area Civil War buffs.  He serves as the Director of the Mississippi State Distinguished Scholars Program, and is also the Executive Director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant  project at Mississippi State. Over the course of his career, Dr. Marszalek has published more than 150 articles and written or edited 11 books.


March 12, Sunday, 2:00 – HMCP Library, Main Auditorium – Free

Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society general membership meeting

Speaker is John Rankin, local historian and preservationist, who will present an overview of the historical collection of Dr. Frances Cabaniss Roberts, stored at the UAH Salmon Library’s Special Collections archive.  He will also illustrate the process of digitization he uses, and the resultant evolving database developed by Deane Dayton to make the collection searchable on-line.  Upon conclusion, he will list a few of the interesting case examples, allowing for audience selection to see the details of the data — all in a Power Point presentation.  Rankin retired after a 31-year professional engineering and management career with Boeing.


March 22, Noon, Huntsville Country Club – $20 for lunch – Deadline for registering: Mar. 15

Ranee Pruitt Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in Huntsville & Madison Co.

Keynote speaker: District 3 Senator Arthur Orr, Chairman, Alabama Bicentennial Commission, who will be introduced by Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.  This program is open to all area historians, spouses, their friends, and all area elected officials.  For a registration form, contact John Allen via email at jha@knology.net, or call 256-539-5287.