Next speakers of the Historical Society | Clarke County Democrat
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The Clarke County Historical Society has resumed its monthly meetings and has guest speakers, many recently published books, lined up to speak over the next few months.
Meetings are held the fourth Sunday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at Grove Hill Town Hall, unless otherwise specified.
Mike Bunn will be the speaker at the July 25 meeting. Bunn, director of Historic Blakeley Park in Spanish Fort, is the author of several books and has already spoken to the local historical society. His subject will be his latest book, “Fourteenth Colony: The Forgotten History of the Southern Gulf During America’s Revolutionary Era.”
The British colony of West Florida, which once stretched from the mighty Mississippi to the shallow twists and turns of the Apalachicola and parts of what are now the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, is the fourteenth forgotten colony of the American revolutionary era. Unlike the better-known thirteen colonies, British West Florida did not rebel against the British government. Mike Bunn offers the first comprehensive history of the colony, introducing readers to the remarkable British Gulf Coast period and placing West Florida in its rightful place on the map of colonial America.
The August 29 meeting will feature Paula Lenoir Webb speaking about her new book, “Such a Woman: The Life of Madame Octavia Wilson LeVert”.
LeVert (1810-1877) was a well-known socialite and writer of the mid-19th century. From the 1830s to the 1850s, Le Vert hosted elegant gatherings of prominent politicians, literary figures and professionals in its Mobile home.
She was one of the early advocates for women’s well-being and worked tirelessly on behalf of the âSave Mount Vernonâ movement to save and preserve the home of George Washington.
His only book, “Travel Souvenirs” which recorded his two trips to Europe in the 1850s was popular at the time.
Paula Webb is the Full Librarian at the University of South Alabama. His first book was “Mobile Under Siege: Surviving the Union Blockade”.
Clarke County native to be the subject of the September 26 meeting
Loula Friend Dunn (1896-1977) was an important and influential figure in the field of public welfare, leaving his mark on state, national and international welfare programs during a career that spanned 40 years.
She served as the Public Welfare Commissioner in Alabama before being chosen to become the Executive Director of the American Public Welfare Association, a national organization headquartered in Washington, DC.
Terry Foster, a retired Clarke County educator who was principal of Grove Hill Elementary School, will be the speaker. He’s a grandnephew of Dunn’s.
The October 31 reunion will be the day after Pioneer Day, the flagship event of the Clarke County Historical Society and Museum which returns this year after a two-year absence (the first due to weather and the second due to the pandemic. coronavirus).
Dr Daniel Haulman will talk about the Tuskegee Airmen, a group made up primarily of African-American military pilots and airmen who fought in WWII. They were educated at the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) and trained at several nearby airfields. They were the first African-American aviators in the United States armed forces.
Haulman, of Montgomery, is a military historian and perhaps the greatest authority on Tuskegee Airmen, having written several books on the subject, including “Eleven Myths About the Tuskegee Airmen”, “The Tuskegee Airmen and the ‘Never Lost a Bomber ‘Myth, ââ The Tuskegee Airmen Timeline: A Detailed Timeline of the Red Tails and Other Black Pilots of World War II, ââ Tuskegee Airmen Questions and Answers for Students and Teachers, ââ The Airmen of Tuskegee, An Illustrated History, 1939-1949 âandâ What Hollywood Goes Right and Wrong about Tuskegee Aviators in the big new movie, Red Tails. â
Haulman’s research and publications helped give Tuskegee airmen the recognition they deserved, most of whom have only come in recent years.
In November, the meeting of the historical society will be on the way to dedicate a historical milestone.
The November 28 meeting will be held at the Rockville Baptist Church where a program on Hal’s Lake will be given. After the meeting, the group will travel to the marker location near Carlton for the dedication.
Hal, sometimes referred to as “King Hal”, was a runaway slave who escaped to the southern end of Clarke County in the early 1800s where he created his own “kingdom” of runaway slaves around a lake which became Lake Hal. The slave owners eventually learned the location and attacked and conquered the “Kingdom of Hal”, killing it in the process.
The marker was made possible through a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, âcommitted to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families diagnosed with blood cancer.
The company does not meet in December due to the Christmas / New Year holidays, but will resume on January 30 with an attorney from Tuscaloosa as a speaker.
Chris McIllwain is the author of several books and his most recent is “The South’s Forgotten Fire-Eater: David Hubbard and North Alabama’s Long Road to Disunion”. Hubbard, a northern Alabama politician, was the region’s most outspoken secessionist and will serve in Confederate Congress.
McIlwain is also the author of three books: âCivil War Alabama; 1865 Alabama â,â From Civil War to Uncivil Peace âandâ The Million Dollar Man Who Helped Kill a President â.
McIlwain is also a frequent contributor to the Alabama Review and a speaker on Alabama history to schools, civic groups, and the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
The authors of the book will all have copies of their works available for sale at the meetings.