B.B. Comer Memorial Library

B.B. Comer Memorial Library hosts the 2019 SouthFirst Bank Adult Lecture Series, Celebrating Alabama’s Storied Past, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 with guest speaker, Ed Bridges. He will share, “14,000 Years of Alabama History in 45 Minutes.” Refreshments will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the program at noon.

Bridges will make evident in clear, direct storytelling the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that have shaped the historically rich and unique American region that is called Alabama. Beginning with the state’s earliest fossil records and moving through its settlement by Native Americans and later by European settlers and African slaves, from its territorial birth pangs and statehood through the upheavals of the Civil War and the civil rights movement, Bridges’ concise overview of Alabama’s rich, difficult and remarkable history is a continuation of a life that has been spent working in southern and Alabama history.  He has devoted much of his time to presenting Alabama history to general audiences with an emphasis on the big issues that help our history make sense, as well as the broad contours of the state’s history that help us see it as our story.

Ed Bridges grew up in Bainbridge, Georgia and has a B.A. from Furman University as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. He served six years at the Georgia Archives and then as Director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) for over thirty years before retiring in 2012 when he was appointed the Director Emeritus. Most recently, Dr. Bridges has helped plan and organize the state’s bicentennial commemorations, and he served a 14 month term as the interim director of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. His latest book is a general history of Alabama entitled, Alabama: The Making of an American State, published by the University of Alabama Press. He and his wife, Martha, have three daughters.

For more information about the Adult Winter Brown Bag Series call 256-249-0961, email comerlibrary@bbclibrary.net or visit the library website at bbcomerlibrary.net and while you are there, add them as a friend on Facebook! Everyone is welcome to attend.