American History · Historic Sites

visits to historic sites went well

I had a blast on yesterday visiting four historic sites – the Old Tavern, Capitol ruins, Jemison Van de Graaff Mansion and the old L & N railroad station (present-day 301 Bistro, Bar and Beer Garden)  – in Tuscaloosa with my Antebellum America class. It was hot, but we got through it. One highlight was… Continue reading visits to historic sites went well

Civil War · University of Alabama

awesome visit to Bryce Hospital

The rain, wind and lightning were coming down very hard, but sixteen students, our graduate teaching assistant Liam Adkison, and I joined Steve Davis, historian for UA’s Bryce Hospital, for a wonderful tour. What a walk through time for my “American Civilization Since 1865” class! I learned the 22nd patient was an African American man.… Continue reading awesome visit to Bryce Hospital


antebellum “coming of age” moments via old scrapbooks

Next Tuesday, the students enrolled in my Antebellum America course will visit the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection in the University of Alabama’s Gorgas Library. Nancy Dupree, curator for the collection, will discuss the contents from three turn of the century scrapbooks once owned by young Alabama women. The visit coincides with the course’s attention… Continue reading antebellum “coming of age” moments via old scrapbooks