upcoming events


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Items below in gold are open to the public.

APRIL 2024

Tuesday, April 23: Footprint on the Sky ~ Voices from Chandler Mountain. 12:30 - 1:15 p.m., The Venue at Albertville First Baptist Church, 309 East Main Street, Albertville, AL. The program is free, sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Alliance. All are welcome to attend. If you'd also like to come to lunch at 11:30, call the church to make a reservation at 256-878-2291.

Bonnets, bow-tie quilts, tomato stakes, an old-timey cure for hiccups -- they're all part of this funny and affectionate portrait of an Alabama mountain community in the 1970s. The spirit and voices of special mountain friends come to life in this story of strong women and Southern hospitality.


Thursday, April 25: Every Picture Tells a Story ~ The storytelling of Norman Rockwell. 2 - 3 p.m., The Studio at the Oxford Performing Arts Center, 100 Choccolocco Street, Oxford, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Oxford Arts Council 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.



MAY 2024

Friday, May 3: More Momorabilia. 6:30 - 8:45 p.m., Homewood Public Library Auditorium, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL. Tickets are $25, available online at homewoodpubliclibrary.org/hydock.  A collection of funny, affectionate stories to celebrate the woman whose story will always be linked to your own: mom.

Bring mothers, mothers-in-law, daughters, sisters, friends, aunts, almost-moms, and anyone else who ever had a mother! A great way to celebrate the special women in your life! Note: These are different stories than the ones told at last year's Mother's Day event at the Hoover Public Library.




Sunday, May 5: Shelf Life ~ A story ramble through the Dewey Decimal System.
2 - 3 p.m., Oneonta Public Library, 221 2nd Street South, Oneonta, AL. Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

A story journey through the library stacks, accompanied by Melvil Dewey and Andrew Carnegie, two brilliant, ambitious men whose vision -- and names -- are forever connected with the modern public library. We’ll pull a few stories off the library shelf, too!



Thursday - Saturday, May 16 - 18: Shoals Storytelling Festival, Florence, AL. Ticket info at shoalsstorytelling.com

Sunday, May 19: Momorabilia. 11 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Shoals, 1332 N. Pine Street, Florence, AL. Free.

A collection of funny, affectionate stories to celebrate the woman whose story will always be linked to your own: mom. The story
is part of the 11 o'clock service. All are welcome to attend!

Saturday, May 25: Talisi Storytelling Festival. 3 - 9 p.m., Patterson Log Cabin Historic Site, Tallassee, AL. Four storytellers; stories from 3 - 5 and 7 - 9. Ticket info TBA.


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: 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.


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.