More than 200 professional and lay historians from around the state will attend the 57th annual meeting of the Alabama Historical Association in Birmingham Thursday through Saturday, May 6-8.
The historians will hold sessions at Samford University and Vestavia Hills Baptist Church Friday and Saturday following an opening reception Thursday night at Southern Progress Corporation.
Dr. George C. Rable, prize-winning author of the book "Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!" will speak at the annual AHA Dinner Friday at 7 p.m. at Samford's Beeson University Center. Rable, the Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama, won the Lincoln Award, the Douglas Southall Freeman Award and the Jefferson Davis Award for his latest book on the Civil War.
Author and storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham will speak at Saturday's 7:30 breakfast in Beeson University Center. Her topic is "Please don't put sugar in my cornbread!" AHA President James W. Lee of Huntsville will deliver the presidential address at the annual luncheon Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church.
A total of 18 historians will present papers on a variety of subjects Friday and Saturday.
Dr. Marlene Rikard, Samford history professor, is general arrangements chair, and Dr. Margaret Armbrester, University of Alabama at Birmingham history professor, is co-chair.