The Alabama Bicentennial traveling exhibit, Making Alabama, is coming to Lawrence County for three weeks this July.
The exhibit presented by The Alabama Humanities Foundation, in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History and the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, will be housed in the historical Moulton Middle School auditorium, located at 660 College Street in Moulton, and will be open Monday, July 8 until Saturday, July 27.
Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Craig Johnston said the Chamber along with community partners including the Lawrence County Archives, the Lawrence County History and Preservation Society, Oakville Indian Mounds, the Jesse Owens Museum, Pond Spring, and several others will host and contribute their own exhibits unique to the county alongside the traveling presentation.
“The exhibit is arriving Monday, July 1,” Johnston said. “We will set up that Tuesday, with the help of our special guests, the Making Alabama staff and personnel.”
Johnston said those participating in the event are still seeking volunteers to help spruce up the venue, set up the displays and staffing the exhibit throughout the event.
“We still need painters this weekend, if anyone is willing to donate their time. It needs to be painted this weekend,” he said.
The exhibit will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from July 8 to July 27, he added. “We still need volunteers to staff the exhibit during visiting hours.”
According to makingalabama.org, the traveling exhibit is being met with local innovative exhibits and activities from host communities, which will make the display a unique experience for each county.
LCHPS President Ann Britnell said the Lawrence County Archives and the Preservation Society will each host their own unique displays to be added to the exhibit.
“Wendy (Hazle) is working with Craig to present a timeline of Lawrence County,” she said. “The General Joe Wheeler home, the Master Gardener’s Club, the Jesse Owens Museum, Oakville and others are all participating as well.”
The exhibit will include artifacts, storyboards, storytellers, festivals, antique photographs and kiosks coupled with interactive computer tablets to encourage attendees to delve deeper into Alabama’s history, Johnston said.
Britnell says the exhibit is likely to boost tourism for the county.
“Many local restaurants and shops around Moulton could see some extra money coming in from visitors who come to see the exhibit,” she said. “We’re excited about it, and Craig’s done a great job putting this all together.”
The Making Alabama traveling exhibit is part of a statewide celebration of Alabama’s first 200 years, which will have toured all 67 counties before its grand finale in December.
The exhibit aims to showcase the events that shaped Alabama’s history, culture and geography, which will include contributions and local histories of each community the display visits. For more information, visit www.makingalabama.org.