Wiregrass Museum of Art Hosts Alabama History Institute, June 18-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Andi Martin, Alabama Bicentennial Commission
334-242-5864, andi.martin@bicentennial.alabama.gov

Wiregrass Museum of Art Hosts Alabama History Institute, June 18-21

Montgomery, AL (June 18, 2018) – The Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan will host an Alabama History Institute (AHI) for grades 3-5 teachers and administrators entitled Our Roots Run Deep: Digging Up Alabama’s Rich Farming History. Sponsored by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission and the Alabama Department of Archives and History, this four-day program will provide thirty participants with an immersive, hands-on learning experience, equipping them with new skills, ideas, and techniques to take back to their classrooms this fall.

Twelve institutes are being held throughout Alabama this summer as part of the state’s ongoing bicentennial celebration. Begun in 2017, AHIs are facilitated by master teachers and content specialists and focus on topics ranging from early statehood to voting rights to agriculture and industry and beyond. Our Roots Run Deep: Digging Up Alabama’s Rich Farming History will include in-depth lectures, hands-on learning, and interactive field trips focused on this year’s bicentennial theme, “honoring our people.” When the program concludes next summer, AHIs will have reached over 1,000 educators.

Alabama History Institutes are made possible in part by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

For additional about this AHI, contact
Tracy Pruitt at trpruitt@dothan.k12.al.us or keithtracypruitt@gmail.com
For information the Alabama Bicentennial Commission’s educational program, contact Dr. Susan Dubose
 at susan.dubose@archives.alabama.gov or (334) 353-4692.

For more about the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, or to learn how to get involved, please visit www.alabama200.org.

ALABAMA 200 is designed to support, create and execute events and activities between 2017 and 2019 that commemorate the people and places of Alabama, as well as its path to statehood. In schools and communities across the state, bicentennial events and activities will teach, inspire and entertain residents and visitors of all backgrounds. For more information about ALABAMA 200 and other bicentennial projects and events, visitwww.alabama200.org.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the state’s government records repository, special collections library and research facility, and is home to the Museum of Alabama, the state history museum. It is located in downtown Montgomery, directly across the street from the State Capitol. The Archives and Museum are open Monday through Saturday8:30 to 4:30. The EBSCO Research Room is open Tuesday through Friday and the second Saturday of the month from 8:30 to 4:30. o learn more, visit www.archives.alabama.gov or call (334) 242-4364.

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