The Alabama Historical Commission and the Black Heritage Council are seeking nominations for the 2019 Historic Preservation Awards. Recipients will be honored during the Alabama Preservation Conference, held in conjunction with the Alabama Historical Association Annual Meeting April 25-27, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Tuscaloosa.

Nominations are being accepted for the following categories:

Distinguished Service Award: Since 1969, the Alabama Historical Commission has celebrated achievements in preservation by presenting the Distinguished Service Award to individuals and groups whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation.

Roy Swayze Award: Once recognized by President Reagan for his restoration work at Kirkwood Mansion in Greene County, Roy Swayze was a member of the Greene County Historic Society whose preservation efforts began a movement to restore antebellum homes in West Alabama. This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a private owner in the restoration of a major Alabama landmark. 

Idella Childs Award: Each year the Black Heritage Council recognizes outstanding preservation projects that highlight Alabama’s African-American history and culture. The late Idella Childs established an enviable record as a preservationist of Alabama’s black landmarks. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 5. 


Alabama Historical Association Annual Meeting - April 25-27, Registration Open

The Alabama Historical Association’s annual meeting will take place from  April 25-27 in Tuscaloosa at the Embassy Suites. Registration options include single day participation or for the entirety of the conference. Thursday's speakers and presentations center on the theme of Preservation and features sessions by Dr. Richard Bailey, Jackson A. Prather, Mary Shell, William S. Gardner, Mary Lue Essex, Dr. Scott Bridges, J. Brett Dennis, Lindsey Baird, Ella Sykes, Dr. Caroline Swope, Stella Simpsiridis, Collier Neeley, Chloe Mercer, Taylor Stewart, Katie Stamps, and Lunch Keynote speaker, Joseph Grinnan, M.A. Project Archaeologist, SEARCH. 

Book your hotel room at the Embassy Suites in Tuscaloosa by calling (205) 561-2500 and use group code AHH. The special room rate will be available until March 25th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. The Embassy Suites will serve as the main venue for the meeting. Click here to register for the conference.

The AHA has a wonderful slate of papers and tour sites lined up for its annual meeting. Many of the sites visited during pilgrimages and annual meetings still exist because of the work of the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation, along with their partners, the Alabama Historical Commission and the Black Heritage Council.  The AHA is partnering with these groups to create an extended conference this year as a bicentennial celebration to highlight the work the ATHP, AHC, and BHC do to preserve important sites throughout the state. 

Places in Peril

 The deadline to nominate a structure for the Places in Peril status is April 1, 2019.  Any type of building, ruin, site, or place is eligible to submit a nomination. Places in Peril has listed theaters, schools, caves, jails, churches, and houses. The application requires brief, but clear answers to a handful of questions regarding a property’s significance, threat, and the designation of a local contact and local advocacy group with the capacity to leverage the support and coverage provided by the listing. Property owner permission and current, good quality photographs of the property are also required. 


Please submit applications to Collier Neeley, Alabama Historical Commission, 468 S. Perry Street, Montgomery, AL 36130-0900. If you have questions, please contact Collier Neeley at 334.230.2696 or Collier.Neeley@ahc.alabama.gov.


Click here to download the nomination form.

Upcoming Events at AHC Sites
March - May - Fort Morgan -Spring Break Guided Tours

March 19 - Freedom Rides Museum - History Makers: Threads of the Civil Rights Movement

March 20 - Goat Hill Museum Store - Spring Break Book Signing Event: Janie Steindorff

April 6 - Fort Morgan - Park Day

April 26 - 27 Confederate Memorial Park  - Civil War Living History and Saturday Skrimish

May 25 - Confederate Memorial Park Walking Tours

Click here to view the calendar.