SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Ed Bridges, director emeritus of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, will bring an overview of Alabama’s history to Sylacauga on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Comer Library.

Ed Bridges has a B.A. from Furman University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago.  His Alabama history book, Alabama:  The Making Of An American State, was published in 2016 and will be the “go-to” place for our state’s history for decades to come!

Dr. Bridges will tell Alabama’s story for the SouthFirst Bank’s Adult Lecture Series at the Comer Library, covering the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that have shaped our historically rich and unique American region!  He will begin with the state’s earliest fossil records and move through settlement by Native Americans and later by European settlers and African slaves—moving from territorial birth pangs and statehood through the upheavals of the Civil War and the civil rights movement.

B. B. Comer Library’s director, Tracey Thomas—the co-chairperson of Sylacauga’s local activities committee on the Alabama Bicentennial celebration—encourages everyone to come out to hear about Alabama’s amazing past.  Thomas stressed the importance of hearing the stories, reminiscing about the past, and capturing our own memories of times gone by during the state’s birthday year.

The “Celebrating Alabama’s Storied Past” adult lecture series is sponsored by the SouthFirst Bank.  The Hightower Refreshment Room opens at 11:00.  Participants are invited to bring a sandwich and enjoy drinks and desserts provided by the library.

Working adults are invited to come by on their lunch break to enjoy the programs which will begin promptly at noon in the Harry I. Brown Auditorium.  Groups wishing to attend should contact Library Director Tracey Thomas, at 256-249-0961 or e-mail [email protected] to inquire about availability of seating.

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