Samford University The BelltowerApril 2004

Samford Will Host AHA Events

"...May 6-8, 2004, Samford University and the historic Over-the-Mountain communities of metropolitan Birmingham will welcome members of the Alabama Historical Association for the organization’s 57th annual meeting..."

May 6-8, 2004, Samford University and the historic Over-the-Mountain communities of metropolitan Birmingham will welcome members of the Alabama Historical Association for the organization’s 57th annual meeting.

The event-packed conference opens with a Thursday evening reception at the headquarters of the Southern Progress corporation, which was born in 1889 as The Progressive Farmer newspaper and is best known today as the publisher of Southern Living, Cooking Light, Southern Accents, Coastal Living and Health magazines.

Cumberland School of Law professor Chriss Doss will open Friday morning conference sessions at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church with a history of the Over-the-Mountain communities (follow the link at the end of this article to see a full listing of all conference presentations).

After a morning of presentations on various aspects of Alabama history, conference attendees will tour historic homes, a folklore center and scenic landmarks along the crest of Shades Mountain before finishing the day at Samford University. Here, they’ll visit University Library’s Special Collection Department, which preserves historic Alabama monographs, pamphlets, newspapers, maps, diaries, papers, photographs, personal items, church and synagogue records, local and state denominational studies, and papers of clergy and lay leadership spanning more than 200 years. Attendees will view special exhibits from the collection, including WWII photographs documenting the historic Allied-Axis prisoner exchange arranged by Samford alumnus and trustee A. Gerow Hodges.

The AHA’s annual dinner in Samford’s dining hall will feature University of Alabama history professor George Rable, whose award-winning book, Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!, looks not only at that Civil War battle and its generals, but also at the common soldier and the folks back home. A Saturday morning Dutch breakfast in the same location will feature legendary Alabama storyteller and author Kathryn Tucker Windham. The conference will move back to Vestavia Hills Baptist Church for the final sessions.

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