Making Alabama. A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit is our state’s teachable moment.
The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a free, online reference resource on Alabama’s history, culture, geography, and natural environment. It was developed by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and Auburn University with generous financial support from across the state. Auburn University hosts EOA’s editorial office through the Office of University Outreach, in partnership with University Libraries and the Office of Information Technology. The Encyclopedia of Alabama’s mission is to present trustworthy and authoritative information on a wide range of topics. EOA is a collaborative effort involving many individuals and organizations and offers articles written or adapted specifically for it, and new content is added to the site regularly. Authors come from all areas of scholarship and range from scholars at academic institutions to scientists out in the field. Whenever possible, articles are enhanced with multimedia content, making EOA a dynamic educational tool. Multimedia content is made possible by the generosity of organizational partners that have shared their collections and archives with the project. The Alabama Humanities Foundation holds the copyright to EOA’s original content in trust for the citizens of Alabama. EOA has been recognized nationally for its excellent content.
The Alabama Humanities Foundation funded Alabama Moments in American History: Supplemental Teaching Materials for High School Teachers. Additional financial support was provided by the Caroline Ivey Memorial Foundation. The project director was Dr. Leah Rawls Atkins. An advisory group made up of Alabama and U.S. history scholars and high school history teachers established the framework of the project. Scholars from around the state of Alabama contributed information about their areas of expertise to help explain and illustrate various Alabama concepts. Staff of the Alabama Department of Archives and History served as project editors. The Alabama State Department of Education, a co-sponsor of the project, mailed one copy of the material to each county and city school district in the state. The collection has been copyrighted by the Friends of the Archives, which has given permission to school districts to copy and disseminate the material for educational use within the district. Copies were also provided to each regional teacher in-service center.
Alabama Bicentennial Education Initiatives focus on three areas: developing new and supporting existing curricular resources, professional development for classroom teachers, and supporting school and community projects for public, private, and homeschool students. Our education initiatives focus on providing resources to educate all students about Alabama’s history and involve them in the bicentennial celebration.