Posted by William Nunnelley on 2008-02-04

The Alabama Association of Historians (AAH) and the Alabama region of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society will meet jointly at Samford University Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9. About 125 historians, history teachers and students from Alabama schools will attend the meetings in Dwight Beeson Hall.

Historians Steve Noll of the University of Florida and Dave Tegeder of Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., will give the AAH keynote address during a 6 p.m. dinner Friday at the Southern Progress Building, adjacent to the Samford campus. Their topic will be "Ditch of Dreams: The Cross-Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida's Future."

The AAH will meet Friday afternoon and half a day Saturday.

Jim Baggett, head archivist for Birmingham Public Library, will give the luncheon address for the Phi Alpha Theta meeting. His topic will be "Goin' to Church: Preserving the History of Birmingham's Civil Rights Movement."

Phi Alpha Theta will meet all day Saturday, with students from Alabama universities and colleges presenting a total of 35 papers. #

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.