Women have been integral to the identity and culture of Alabama ever since the state’s founding in 1819. An important part of the culture of our state is the relationship Alabama women have to fashion, for southern women are known for “dressing to the nines,” particularly at important life events such as debutante balls, weddings, and funerals. Fashion is often an essential facet of an Alabama woman’s identity, and to explore the history of fashion in Alabama is to explore the history of the state itself.
Crimson Tide vs. Utah Aggies marked the first football game with alcohol sales within the walls of Bryant-Denny stadium. After a back and forth between University of Alabama Athletics and Tuscaloosa City Council, $8.99 craft beers and $9.99 premium beers were available for purchase at various vendor stations. This push for alcohol sales in BDS was in part motivated by the community, as UA athletics director Greg Byrne said, “It’s something a lot of our fans have been asking for.”
Dreaming of BBQ
“Ain’t nothing like ‘em nowhere” is the famous motto of the Dreamland barbecue chain, and many agree with their claim to the best BBQ ribs, among other delicious dishes. Barbecue is a fundamental part of southern cuisine, and Dreamland is arguably the most famous BBQ chain in Alabama ever since its founding in 1958. It has ten locations across the Southeast, ranging across three states with multiple locations in Birmingham and Montgomery. It’s a staple of “best of” lists of southern BBQ, and according to Southern Living the original Dreamland location “in Tuscaloosa is a true Alabama classic.”
The photography of Wilcox County native Edith Morgan encompasses the richness of Alabama history. Her life spanned sixty years and the turn of the twentieth century, and she captured rural Alabama and its people in rich detail. Anyone can appreciate Morgan’s photography, but lovers of art and Alabama history will find her work especially fascinating.
The History of the McMillan Building
Ever since the University of Alabama was founded in 1831 it has served the community and the state in its pursuit of excellence and in the legacies of its many graduates. The James B. McMillan Building is a significant part of the University of Alabama and can be found on the northern Bryce Campus.
Alabama Heritage's Year In Review 2022
This year has flown by for us at Alabama Heritage, and we loved every minute of it!
In 2021, Rebecca Todd Minder was named director of Alabama Heritage, and Dr. Susan E. Reynolds became the editor of Alabama Heritage magazine. In June, 2022, we welcomed Caroline Gazzara-McKenzie as our new marketing and digital media manager. Cindy Sanford, circulation manager, celebrated 22 years with the department.
The Sandhill Crane Festival
In Decatur, the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge hosts the Festival of the Cranes celebrating the migratory arrival of cranes to Alabama for the winter. The festival’s significance comes from when the sandhill cranes suddenly began showing up again in the 1990s after a century of being nearly eradicated. Prior to1992, Wheeler NWR recorded only eleven sandhill cranes, but in a matter of thirty years, as many as 14,000 sandhill cranes will visit the refuge this year, having arrived this past October and staying as late as March.
Anne George: The Great Alabamian Writer
“In October, political advertisements bloom on all the signboards and at the interstate exits. If there is a space, there is a sign. They will stay there long after the elections, in fact until storms batter them down. Candidates are supposed to take them down...but I have yet to see that happen. Half the candidates are too happy to bother; the others are too depressed.”
This past Wednesday a sizeable crowd gathered at the Scottsboro Boys Museum for its grand reopening. The general mood was both expectant and sober, as the many new informative exhibits on display were read and interacted with. This Thursday was a bright and beautiful day, a day when great darkness was exposed to the light. The dignity and legacy of nine young men in a time of tremendous oppression and injustice was remembered and their dignity evoked by the speakers.
Bigger than Jesus: The Birmingham radio station that sparked a nationwide cultural controversy
The scene is summer, 1966. Vietnam, the fight for civil rights, feminist activism, sexual liberation, and a growing evangelical Christian and conservative disdain for such movements all mark a volatile transition in American society at the time. A vastly increasing teen pop culture was also in full swing amidst this social change. It was through this that one Alabama radio station put itself into the struggle between the deeply Christian status quo and the progressive politics of the time by taking on one of the biggest teenage sensations of modern times: the Beatles.
Alabama Heritage BLOG
At Alabama Heritage, we owe many of our successes and smooth operations to our fabulous student interns. We hope that with this blog--written mostly by our interns as well as history students from UAB and a few from our own editors--our readers will have an opportunity to get to know the students who bring so much to the table with their enthusiasm, hard work, and expertise!
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