Wed, Sep 26 at 11:00am
B.B. Comer Memorial Library

B.B. Comer Library hosts the SouthFirst Bank Adult Lecture Series, “You Must Remember This” on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 with guest speaker David Alsobrook – “EyeWitness to History: Four Recent U.S. Presidents & Their First Ladies.” Refreshments will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the program at noon.

Alsobrook began working with the National Archival staff in 1978 when the IBM Selectric typewriter was considered a state-of-the-art piece of equipment. He gained technical skills during the electronic revolution, but he never abandoned his belief that the trained individual archivist would not become obsolete. Over and over during his thirty years of moving long distances to direct important projects, Dr. Alsobrook was validated in his belief that the human touch was essential to the preservation of Presidential papers as an important, publicly accessible part of our national heritage. He will share the stories of his role as an up close-and-personal eyewitness to history as he supervised the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and then directed the H. W. Bush and William J. Clinton Presidential Libraries, getting to know these men and their families.

David Alsobrook has a MA degree from West Virginia University and a PhD from Auburn University. His recent book, Southside: Eufaula’s Cotton Mill Village and its People, 1890-1945, received the prestigious 2018 Clinton Jackson Coley Award from the Alabama Historical Association, recognizing excellence in local Alabama history. He and his wife Ellen live in Mobile.