ArchiTreats logo Date/Time: Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 12:05 P.M.

Place: Alabama Department of Archives and History

Topic: "Poor Man's Provence"

Speaker: Rheta Grimsley Johnson

One of America's favorite newspaper columnists, Rheta Grimsley Johnson, will return to her Montgomery roots for the next ArchiTreats: Food for Thought program. This 'bonus' ArchiTreats: Food for Thought presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History Thursday, July 10th, at 12 noon when Rheta Grimsley Johnson presents “Poor Man's Provence.” Ms. Johnson will share highlights from her recently reissued book, Poor Man's Provence, Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana. Her presentation will provide a personal perspective of Louisiana from a transplanted Alabamian. Books will be available for purchase from NewSouth Books.

A native of Colquitt, Georgia, Rheta Grimsley Johnson grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, studied journalism at Auburn University and has lived and worked in the South all of her career. Johnson's syndicated column currently appears in about 70 newspapers nationwide. In reporting for United Press International, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and a number of other regional newspapers, Johnson has won numerous national awards including the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award (1983), the Headliners Award (1985), and the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Distinguished Writing Award (1982). In 1986, Johnson was inducted into the Scripps- Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame. She is the author of several books, including America's Faces and Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz.

This 'Bonus' Archi-treats is in addition to the regular series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures presented by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information call (334) 242-4364.

Updated: July 1, 2008
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435
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