The story programs described below are available to qualifying organizations in Alabama through the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Program organizers contribute $50 towards the cost of the program (and overnight accommodations, if necessary; the AHF underwrites the rest of the speaker fee and mileage.
These AHF-sponsored programs are limited in number, and are allocated on a first-come, a
first-served basis, so if you'd like to discuss scheduling a program through AHF, please contact a
Every Picture Tells a Story: The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell didn't just paint pictures; every picture told a story.
As he wrote: “My life work – and my pleasure – is to tell stories to other people through pictures.” This program shares a behind-the-scenes look at how Rockwell created his one-image stories in some of his best-loved covers for the Saturday Evening Post. In his autobiography, My Adventure as an Illustrator, and his guide to painting, How I Make a Picture, Rockwell described his storytelling process. Using slide images of his sketches, models, paintings-in-process, and finished work, this program follows the step-by-step process Rockwell used in becoming “America’s painter” – and storyteller on canvas.
Soldiers in Greasepaint: USO Camp Show Entertainers from World War II
It was bigger than Bob Hope!
From Utah Beach to the Philippines, from wrestlers and tap dancers to the biggest names in show business, from 16,000 servicemen in an amphitheatre in southern France to 20 GIs in Jeeps in a lonely stateside outpost, USO Camp Shows during WWII were part of a diverse, hilarious, moving, and inspiring story of voluntarism and service. Storyteller Dolores Hydock shares stories, pictures, and video excerpts of some of the unknown 7000 USO Camp Show performers who brought music, laughs, and a touch of the familiar to US servicemen far from home during World War II.
Footprint on the Sky: Memories of a Chandler Mountain Spring
"Dolores' story takes you into the head and heart of the mountain people. Her stories flow bittersweet , poignant, funny, startling, and lovely."
Bonnets, bow-tie quilts, poke salad, tomato stakes, and an old-timey cure for hiccups -- they're all part of this funny and touching portrait of an Alabama mountain community in the 1970's. Memories, family histories, and superstitions are brought to life in this story of strong women, Southern hospitality, and the generous spirit of a close-knit community.
Click here for a review of a live performance of this story.
It's the Little Things: Five small objects that played a big role in shaping the world
of the Dutch Golden Age
You could hold them all in the palm of your hand: five little things that played a big role in shaping the world of 17th century Holland at the height of its power.
During the Dutch Golden Age, the tiny Dutch Republic became the dominant financial powerhouse of 17th century Europe. This program explores some of the surprising discoveries, inventions, coincidences, political upheavals, and cultural changes that brought The Netherlands to the height of its power in the 1600s—inventions and world events that helped create the world we live in today.
The presentation shows how big ideas of our time—climate change, global economy, mass media, renewable energy, wearable technology, government bailouts, and selfies—did not originate in the 21st century, but link back to historical events of 400 years ago and were part of the Dutch Golden Age.
Photographs, maps, paintings, and historical records help take the audience on a journey from the Arctic Sea to Singapore for the remarkable story of five tiny things that changed the course of world history in unexpected ways.
Call Dolores at (205) 951-7757 for more information about the AHF "Road Scholars" option for qualified Alabama organizations.