Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

"Making History Public" in Scottsboro

"Making History Public" in Scottsboro


Are you a leader or volunteer in a local historical society, museum, or non-profit organization that preserves, interprets or makes history available to the public? Join with others for a day of networking and learning about resources and funding opportunities. A “Making History Public” workshop will be held on Thursday, April 10 at the Scottsboro Depot Museum in Scottsboro, AL.

Co-sponsored by the Alabama Historical Association and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, this workshop will include around-the-table presentations on such topics as nonprofit management, oral histories, university-community partnerships and best practices for your institution:

  • "Our Local Society’s Story," Mary Jones-Fitts, Marengo County History and Archives Museum
  • "Collaborative Opportunities with Colleges and Universities," John Kvach, University of Alabama at Huntsville
  • "What I’ve Learned About Oral History Projects," Marty Olliff, Troy University Dothan
  • "Archival Training Collaborative," Greg Schmidt, Society of Alabama Archivists
  • "Using Archaeology to Fill the Gaps in Historical Research," Kimberly Pyszka, Alabama Archaeological Society
  • "Saving the Places Where History Happens: Quick Tips on Historic Preservation," Valerie Pope Burnes, University of West Alabama
  • “Digitizing History Through Alabama Mosaic,” Susanna Leberman, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library
  • “What I’ve Learned About Successful Non-Profit Organizations,” Billy Baxter, Alabama Association of Nonprofits

The day will conclude with an introduction to the Encyclopedia of Alabama, an online resource on Alabama history, culture, geography, and natural environment.  The registration cost for the workshop is $15, which covers lunch.

The workshop precedes the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Alabama Historical Association, to be held April 10-12. The Alabama Historical Association, founded in 1947, is the oldest statewide historical society in Alabama. The two-day meeting in Scottsboro features talks, papers, and tours of historical sites and houses. For more information about the AHA Annual Meeting,  visit

For more information about the workshop, visit our website or contact Maiben Beard at 334-844-4903.

Last Updated: April 25, 2018