State Historical Agencies and Organizations 

Host First Joint Meeting to Celebrate Bicentennial

(Montgomery, AL) The Alabama Historical Commission (AHC), Alabama Historical Association (AHA), Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation (ATHP), and the Black Heritage Council (BHC) are partnering for the first time to present a joint meeting in celebration of Alabama’s bicentennial.  

The collaboration will take place during AHA’s 72nd annual meeting at the Embassy Suites in Tuscaloosa, April 25-27, 2019. The extended conference and bicentennial celebration is intended to highlight these agencies and their work to preserve important historic sites throughout the state.

During the three days, participants will hear presentations from historians on state and local history, enjoy tours of local historical sites, meet authors of Alabama history, and enjoy a concert by music historian and multi-instrumentalist Bobby Horton.  

Thursday's speakers and presentations center on the theme of Preservation and feature sessions by Dr. Richard Bailey, historian and research specialist; Jackson A. Prather, PHD candidate, The University of Alabama; Mary Shell, Community Services/Preservation Planner/CLG Coordinator AHC; William S. Gardner, Environmental Affairs, Alabama Power; Mary Lue Essex, Lincolnite Club; Dr. Scott Bridges, President, Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Task Force; J. Brett Dennis, President, Courtland Development Co; Brian Murphy, Florence Indian Mound Museum; Lindsey Baird, Auburn University; Ella Sykes, Auburn University;  Hannah Garmon, Historic Cemetery Programs/Historical Markers/Alabama Register, AHC; Dr. Caroline Swope, Decatur Historic Preservation Commission; Stella Simpsiridis, MA Anthropology University of West Florida; Collier Neeley, National Register Coordinator/Easements Program, AHC; Justin Rudder, Digital Asset Archivist, Alabama Department of Archives and History; Chloe Mercer, Federal Tax Credits and Alabama Ad Valorem; AHC; Taylor Stewart, Alabama Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program Coordinator, AHC;  Katie Stamps, Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission; and Lunch Keynote speaker, Joseph Grinnan, M.A. Project Archaeologist, SEARCH. 

Conference lodging accommodations can be made at the Embassy Suites in Tuscaloosa by calling

(205) 561-2500.


This meeting is open to the public with paid registration required. Complete your full conference or single day registration at The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 10. For more information or questions about the conference, email or call 334-844-6198. To learn more about the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation, please visit

For more information about the Alabama Historical Commission, or the Black Heritage Council, please visit


About the Alabama Historical Commission

Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and, statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit  


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