Have you ever wanted your house, or even your whole neighborhood, recognized for its unique, quaint character? Is there a landmark in your community, like an old school, that should be repurposed? Are you interested in preserving your town’s historic commercial core? Th e National Register of Historic Places (National Register) can be an invaluable first step in achieving any of these goals, but winding your way through the nomination process can be confusing and frustrating. It involves the completion of complex federal forms and coordination between you, often a consultant, and state and federal personnel—but persistence can ultimately pay off in a number of ways.
Around 1851, after Alabama's present-day capitol building was rebuilt from the burned ruins of the 1847 Stephen Decatur Button-designed edifice, the citizens of Montgomery wanted to have a city clock that everyone could see, hear, and tell time by. Montgomerians eyed the top of the capitol portico pediment as the perfect place for a clock, and they petitioned the state government for their request. In a joint resolution on February 9, 1852, the legislature approved the placement of a town clock on top of the capitol building downtown.
Among the thousands of artifacts at the Alabama Department of Archives and History are eighty-nine Civil War-period flags. Most of these are regimental colors, produced in Mobile, Charleston, Richmond, and Augusta during the last three years of the war. Alabama is fortunate, however, that a significant number of the eighty-eight flags are company flags presented to units early in the war.
The room is dark until spotlights shine on two people on stage who share a few lines to introduce their group. Soon, voices start singing, and music begins. Bright colored costumes, perfectly synchronized choreography, and medleys of clever parodies to popular songs cross the stage and fill the room. The students continue in song and dance for several minutes with broad smiles across their faces. This energetic and fun experience is Step Sing, a campus tradition at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
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