upcoming events


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Items below in gold are open to the public.

MAY 2024

Saturday, May 25: Talisi Storytelling Festival. 3 - 8:30 p.m., Patterson Log Cabin Historic Site, Tallassee, AL. Four storytellers -- Randy Nix, Carol Cain, Bill King, and Dolores Hydock; stories from 3 - 5 and 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Sunday, May 26: Soldiers in Hoop Skirts ~ Nurses, spies, and other fighting women of the Civil War. 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Grove Hill Town Hall, 111 Church Street, Grove Hill, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Clarke County Historical Museum and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

Women on both sides of the conflict did their part for the war effort – as spies, soldiers, nurses, and supporters from the home front. This program shares the true, sometimes funny, sometimes touching, stories of some of the sisters, wives, mothers, and daughters who snooped, smuggled, sewed, nursed, and risked their lives, health, and fortunes for a cause they loved. The program includes photographs, letters, journal entries, and excerpts from memoirs written by these women after the war.


JUNE 2024

Tuesday, June 4: Going the Extra Mile ~ The extraordinary journeys of Elizabeth Bisland and Nellie Bly. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Jacksonville Public Library, 200 Pelham Road South, Jacksonville, AL. Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland made headlines as they raced, solo, in opposite directions around the world in 1889. Though they never met in person, their stories overlap in a fascinating series of coincidences that had them racing against time, injustice, and each other. This is the little-known backstory of their life journeys before and after that famous trip.

Tuesday, June 11: In Her Own Fashion, for Speak Story Series. Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Show available in person and online. For information about the June 11th show or the entire 2024 season of storytellers, visit speakstoryseries.com

Tuesday, June 18: Starch in Their Petticoats ~ True stories of strong women who settled the West. 2 - 3 p.m., Public Library of Anniston & Calhoun County, 108 East 10th Street, Anniston, AL. Free Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

They were tough, resourceful, and ready for anything! These are true stories of women of guts and gusto who settled the American West. They were pioneers, homesteaders, pistol-packin' card sharks, entertainers, and "upstairs girls," but they all played a part in putting the shine in the Golden West of the 1800s.

Friday, June 21: It's the Little Things -- Five small objects that connect us to the Dutch Golden Age. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., North Shelby Public Library, 5521 Cahaba Valley Road, Hoover, AL. Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

You could hold them all in the palm of your hand: five little things from 400 years ago that helped shape the world we live in today. Think we invented wearable technology and the selfie in the 21st century? Think again! Those things -- and many other things we think we invented were part of life hundreds of years ago. Come take a journey from the Arctic Sea to Singapore through the story of five tiny things that changed history in a big way.



JULY 2024

Thursday, July 11: Starch in Their Petticoats ~ True stories of strong women who settled the West. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Trussville Public Library Auditorium, 201 Parkway Drive, Trussville, AL.  Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

They were tough, resourceful, and ready for anything! These are true stories of women of guts and gusto who settled the American West. They were pioneers, homesteaders, pistol-packin' card sharks, entertainers, and "upstairs girls," but they all played a part in putting the shine in the Golden West of the 1800s.


Tuesday, July 16: Starch in Their Petticoats ~ True stories of strong women who settled the West. Noon - 1 p.m., Cherokee County Public Library, 310 Mary Street, Centre, AL. Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

They were tough, resourceful, and ready for anything! These are true stories of women of guts and gusto who settled the American West. They were pioneers, homesteaders, pistol-packin' card sharks, entertainers, and "upstairs girls," but they all played a part in putting the shine in the Golden West of the 1800s.


Tuesday, July 16: Going the Extra Mile ~ The extraordinary journeys of Elizabeth Bisland and Nellie Bly. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Boaz Public Library, Boaz, AL. Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland made headlines as they raced, solo, in opposite directions around the world in 1889. Though they never met in person, their stories overlap in a fascinating series of coincidences that had them racing against time, injustice, and each other. This is the little-known backstory of their life journeys before and after that famous trip.


Sunday, July 21: Every Picture Tells a Story ~ The storytelling of Norman Rockwell. 2 - 3 p.m., Albert L. Scott Public Library, 100 9th Street NW, Alabaster, AL. Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

Norman Rockwell didn't just paint pictures; every picture told a story. This presentation shares surprising stories from Rockwell's life and career, and describes the creative process that Rockwell used to craft his one-image stories.


Thursday, July 25: Oh! Henry ~ The Life and Writing of Williiam Sydney Porter. 11 a.m. to noon, Mt Laurel Community Hall, 111 Olmstead Street, Mt. Laurel, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Mt. Laurel Public Library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

"O. Henry" is one of the most famous pseudonyms in American literature. It belonged to William Sydney Porter, who is often called "the master of the American short story." In this program, Will Porter's personal story is interwoven with updated tellings of some of the literary gems written by one of the most popular writers of his day.



Sunday, July 28: Soldiers in Hoop Skirts ~ Nurses, spies, and other fighting women of the Civil War. 2 - 3 p.m., Blount County Museum, Blount County Memorial Museum, 204 2nd Street North, Oneonta, AL. Free. Sponsored by the museum and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

Women on both sides of the conflict did their part for the war effort – as spies, soldiers, nurses, and supporters from the home front. Explore the contributions of sisters, wives, mothers, and daughters who snooped, smuggled, sewed, nursed, and risked their lives, health, and fortunes for a cause they loved.


AUGUST 2024

Thursday, August 1: Soldiers in Hoop Skirts ~ Nurses, spies, and other fighting women of the Civil War. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Homewood Public Library Auditorium. Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

Women on both sides of the conflict did their part for the war effort – as spies, soldiers, nurses, and supporters from the home front. Explore the contributions of sisters, wives, mothers, and daughters who snooped, smuggled, sewed, nursed, and risked their lives, health, and fortunes for a cause they loved.


Thursday, August 7: Southern Comfort in a Cast-Iron Skillet. Noon to 1 p.m., Pell City Public Library, 1000 Bruce Etheredge Parkway, Pell City, AL. Free. Part of the library's "Wild & Wonderful Wednesdays" series. Stories of resolutions, diet disasters, and lessons learned in unexpected places.


SEPTEMBER 2024


Thursday - Saturday, September 5 - 7, Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah. Info at timpfest.org

Tuesday, September 17: Soldiers in Greasepaint ~ USO Camp Show Performers of WWII. 2 - 3 p.m., Anniston Public Library, 108 East 10th Street, Anniston, AL. Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

It was bigger than Bob Hope! From Utah Beach to the Philippines, USO Camp Shows during WWII were part of a diverse, hilarious, moving, and inspiring story of voluntarism and service. This program shares stories, pictures, and video excerpts of some of the 7000 famous and not-so-famous USO Camp Show performers who brought music, laughs, and a touch of the familiar to US service personnel far from home during World War II.


Thursday - Saturday, September 26 - 28: Cave Run Storytelling Festival, Moreland, KY. Info at caverunstoryfest.org