photo of new wing construction“ “West Wing Fling” Makes a Star of Fourth Grade Student ”
Essay Contest Determines Ribbon-Cutter at ADAH Opening

One of the highlights of most fourth graders' school year is a visit to the Department of Archives and History. That's because fourth grade is all about Alabama history. On October 8 one student will be honored by being asked to cut the ribbon to dedicate the new west wing of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The students are competing for the honor by writing a short essay.

“We brainstormed how to make the ribbon-cutting really special for young people. We wanted them to be an integral part of the day”, stated ADAH director, Dr. Ed Bridges. “After all, this new addition is a legacy for them, and will last long after all of us have passed on.”

The “West Wing Fling” will be a day filled with music, food, and activities for all ages. Among the highlights will be a panel discussion with quilters from Gee's Bend, children's storytellers, traditional Alabama music from the Sullivan Family and Birmingham Sunlights, special lectures by some of Alabama's most popular historians, and sales of Alabama-related books. Also featured will be an antique and artifact identification service, modeled on the popular Antiques Roadshow.

The media will be invited to a preview event on Friday, September30 and media kits will be provided in advance. Unable to attend? Request a media kit after September 16 by calling Sherrie Hamil at 334.353.4712.

Updated: August 1, 2005
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435