From Civil War reenactments in Alabama to candlelight Civil War tours, special events highlighting the historical events in Alabama can be found at sites along the trail throughout the year. Whether at a major attraction on trail or at one of the many additional Alabama Civil War sites, there are lots of opportunities to add one of the area’s events to your visit. Seasonal tours, living history demonstrations and annual Civil War reenactments in Alabama top the list of popular activities.
75th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa and Makin Island
11/02/2018 - 11/03/2018
110 Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL
Fort Morgan will be hosting a living history event November 2-3 for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa and Makin Island. The event will include WWII weapons demonstrations and living history programs sponsored by the Sgt. Foster L. Harrington Detachment #1449 of the Marine Corps League.
Discovery of an Ancient Canoe Canal in Gulf Shores
11/08/2018 - 11/08/2018
19470 Oak Rd. W., Gulf Shores, AL
On November 8 beginning at 7 p.m. learn about the local lore and circumstantial evidence that has long identified a large, long, ditch-like feature across the Fort Morgan Peninsula as an ancient canal. An on-going volunteer effort, organized by citizens of Gulf Shores, has now confirmed that folk identification. Archival, geo-archaeological, and radiocarbon evidence points to a Middle Woodland date for construction of the canal, early in the seventh century AD. The canal once ran for a mile between Oyster Bay and Little Lagoon, connecting Mobile Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. This may be the northernmost ancient canoe canal yet identified in the Southeast. The City of Gulf Shores plans to highlight a preserved section of canal in a heritage trail.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Waselkov holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and began teaching at the University of South Alabama in 1988. Many of his research projects have investigated prehistoric life on the Gulf coast, particularly during the Woodland and Mississippian periods, from AD 500 to 1550. As director of the Center for Archaeological Studies, he has overseen more than 1,000 research projects in southwestern Alabama since the Center's creation in 1992.
Lecture About WWI and Fort Morgan's Military Role
11/12/2018 - 11/12/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL
A lecture given by Dylan Tucker in the fort focusing on Fort Morgans involvement in WWI, specifically training of the Coast Artillery, Trench Mortar Battalion, Gas Corps and field artillery. A photo gallery will also be displayed.
Holidays at the Fort Tour and Gift Shop Open House
11/18/2018 - 11/18/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL
A "Holidays at the Fort" tour will be given at 1 p.m., with a small arms demonstration. Special holiday decorations and gifts will be on sale at the gift shop. Refreshments will be served in the gift shop from 2-4 p.m.
34th Annual Christmas Through the Ages
12/08/2018 - 12/08/2018
51 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL
Christmas through the Ages, a living history day for the whole family, is scheduled at Fort Gaines. Come and experience a Christmas of days gone by. Join the soldiers from the past and their families as they celebrate a non-commercial Christmas. Visiting children will have the chance to make a seashell ornament and other decorations.
Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer
01/26/2019 - 01/26/2019
65 Government St., Mobile, AL
In the tradition of years past, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is proud to announce a return to major blockbuster exhibitions in the Spring of 2019. On the scale of its China and Pompeii exhibits, the Exploreum invites visitors to take a journey back in time with one of historys most prolific and controversial figures Genghis Khan.
Through artifacts, performers, artwork, and other historically significant items, discover the eye-opening story of the worlds most well-known conqueror, civilizer and innovator in the exhibition Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer opening at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
Curated and developed by dinosaur expert Don Lessem, the exhibition features more than 300 spectacular objects on display, including rare and sophisticated weapons, costumes, jewels, ornaments, instruments and numerous other fascinating relics and elaborate artifacts from 13th-century Mongolia. I went to Mongolia to look for fossils and discovered the truth about Genghis Khan, a civilizing genius, said Lessem. Its a great story best told in a major exhibition.
Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia, entering the tents, battlegrounds and marketplaces of a vanished world that was once the largest land empire in history. Explore Genghis Khans life and those of his sons and grandsons during the formation, peak and decline of the Mongol Empire.
As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghiss reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in Genghis Khan. In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghiss 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.
However, this special exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader whom Time Magazine and CNN named The Man of the Millennium. As visitors discover, Genghis not only created the nation of Mongolia and its written language, but his lineage established the modern borders of nations from India to Iran, Korea to China and opened the trade routes that united East and West, forever after.
WWI Photo Gallery Living History Event
07/02/2019 - 07/02/2019
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL
Photo galleries to include domestic life, recreation, military training, medical and cavalry at Fort Morgan during WWI will be stationed inside the fort. There will be living history participants, dressed in period clothing, stationed throughout to answer questions and provide additional information.