Wiregrass bicentennial Events

November 4 - December 16, 2019
The Wade Hall Historical Main Street Traveling Postcard Exhibit, created by Troy University Libraries, is made up of panels depicting historical scenes of Alabama. This exhibit includes postcards of streets and building  in large cities and small towns throughout the state. For more information, see the digital exhibit at https://trojan.troy.edu/library/wadehall/. The presentation will be an overview of Dr. Hall’s collection of over 25,000 vintage postcards, the creation of the postcard exhibits, and stories of the Alabama represented by these historic… View Article<...
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July 14 - December 8, 2019
Heritage Forum: Haunted Wiregrass History Where: Landmark Park July 14, 2019 Time: 3 p.m. Cost: $4 for adults, $3 for kids, FREE for park members Guest speakers will present programs on state and local history. Heritage Forums take place on Sundays in July starting July 14. 3 p.m., Interpretive Center Auditorium. Free with paid gate admission ($4 for adults, $3 for kids, free for park members). Refreshments served after each presentation. Heritage Forums are official AL200 Bicentennial events. Join Dale… View Article<...
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July 4th, 2019
This event begins at 10:00 a.m. It will consist of a day-long celebration of our state and our country at our local state park. The event will be free to the public and will include fireworks, music, swimming, hiking the park’s trails, free watermelon, vendors, and children’s activities. Directions: Frank Jackson State Park 100 Jerry Adams Drive Opp, Alabama 36...
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Ongoing
How important is conversation? Every day, people communicate with signs, symbols, sounds, and gestures. Commuters navigate traffic stops, employees respond to the boss’s orders, and pedestrians offer salutations while passing one another on street corners, but the spaces once reserved for more meaningful communication are being lost in a societal transformation to a digital culture.  The acts of talking to others for company and interacting to establish social ties have changed to match the pace of society’s virtual transformation. Environments… View Article<...
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Ongoing
If you had the opportunity, what story would you share with your community? Would it be a childhood memory, a funny anecdote, something about your favorite place, a tale of a loved one no longer with you, or a reflection on your current mood? Could you communicate your story with a photo or video, a poem or just a paragraph or two? Now is your chance! Submit a story to us on StoriesOfTheWiregrass.com. You can also attach a photo, video,… View Article<...
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Ongoing through June 1, 2019
Who do you know that has made a significant contribution to the  Agricultural, Arts, Business, Education, Government/Public Service, Military, Religion or Medicine/Health growth of our city? We will unveil winners for each category at our Bicentennial Gala this December. The gala will be an important time for our citizens — past and present — to honor those individuals who made Ozark what it is today. Nominations can be made from April 1 through June 1, 2019. Once the nomination process… View Article<...
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April 30, 2019
The City of Level Plains celebrated Alabama’s Bicentennial on April 30, 2019 by hosting a 100-year time capsule burial ceremony. Level Plains Mayor Bruce Grantham welcomed guests to the ceremony. The National Anthem was sung by Billy Crawford. Afterwards, Bicentennial Committee Chair James Bullinger announced how the committee came to decide on burying the time capsule as their event. Keynote remarks for the event were given by Ken Smith, director of the Alabama League of Municipalities. Mayor Grantham then dedicated… View Article<...
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February 16, 2019
On February 16, 2019 Bicentennial Books & Brunch featured 14 local authors and drew 70 people to the Loft of Herndon Oil Company on Court Square in Abbeville. The event was sponsored by the Henry County Historical Society, Abbeville Library, Headland Library, Abbeville Chamber of Commerce and Headland Area Chamber of Commerce. Authors at Bicentennial Books & Brunch, Abbeville Crowd at Bicentennial Books & Brunch, Abbevi...
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October 4th through 26th, 2018
The Henry Co. Bicentennial Committee kicked off their bicentennial celebration on October 4, 2018 with a reception and ribbon-cutting for the opening of the Making Alabama-A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit at the Blanche Solomon Memorial Library located in downtown Headland at 17 Park Street. The exhibit was open October 4-26, 2018. The exhibit also featured a display of several 100-year-old quilts from Quilted Creations, a quilt shop located on the Headland squa...
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October 2018
Headland’s 47th Annual Harvest Festival Celebration, an official Alabama 200 event, was held in October of 2018 and concluded with Harvest Day on Saturday, October 13, 2018. A slice of Americana with more than 100 vendors and participants, Harvest Day packed downtown Headland with arts and crafts, a classic car show, children’s games and rides, a variety of musicians and performers entertaining throughout the day, and delicious food from non-profits and food trucks. The whole community worked together to host… View Article<...
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August, 2018
Henry County is celebrating both the county and state’s bicentennial since Henry County is one day older than the state of Alabama. Part of Henry County’s preparation for the bicentennial events began with a joint meeting of Headland and Abbeville’s Chambers of Commerce at the Great Southern Conference Center in Abbeville in August. Dr. Martin T. Olliff, Professor of History at Troy University – Dothan and Director of the Wiregrass Archives, was our guest speaker. He stressed the importance of… View Article<...
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April 20 - June 30, 2018
Alabama Reckoner is an exploration of the process-driven work of Alabama artist, Douglas Pierre Baulos. In this exhibition, Baulos presented portraits of artists that inspire him, many of whom are also from Alabama. The portraits consisted of three dimensional found objects, handmade paper, and meticulous details that gave clues to each of the artists’ personalities. Of his work, Baulos says, “These portrait installations reflect a multitude of interests including grief and mortality, nesting and mending, memory, the physical body, and… View Article<...
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March 13-17, 2018
Big Fish, The Musical, is based on the celebrated novel by Alabama author Daniel Wallace, and tells the story of a traveling salesman who lives life to the fullest. His larger-than-life stories thrill everyone, except his son, who is determined to find the truth  behind his father’s epic tales. Big Fish, SEACT Big Fish, SEACT Big Fish, SE...
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February 17, 2018
Alabama-born author Daniel Wallace joined the directors and cast members of the local stage production Big Fish to talk about how he developed the original story, and its adaptation from novel, to movie, to Broadway musical. Daniel Wallace, Author Big Fish Daniel Wallace, Author Big F...
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July 21 - September 30, 2017
Museum of Wonder showcased the work of Butch Anthony, a self-taught artist, storyteller, and maker of oddities. This unique exhibition of Anthony’s work explored the power of an “art environment,” when art’s meaning is influenced by the space around it. For this exhibition, Anthony will re-created portions of his art environment in Seale, Alabama, and included installations in the museum’s gallery space, as well as in the public arena. Anthony utilizes a number of techniques in his work – including… View Article<...
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