Events

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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.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Feedsacks-Their Role in WWI and WWII

01/14/2019 - 01/14/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us on Monday, January 14 at 2pm as Coletta Bailey from Baldwin County Heritage Museum discusses the necessity of sewing with the cotton bag during the war years and how feed sacks saved a starving nation. There will be examples of wartime feed sack prints including Percy Kent's "Three Bad Eggs", "Morse Code Print" and clothes from this era.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: The Preservation and History of Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

01/14/2019 - 01/14/2019
23685 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL

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For one day only on Monday, January 14 at 10am, the executive director of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, Lynn Stewart, will discuss how the mansion was built in 1855 and has been a historic icon in the city of Mobile.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: The History of Bellingrath Gardens and Home

01/15/2019 - 01/15/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us for this one day only event on Tuesday, January 15 at 10am as Sally Ericson discusses Bellingrath Gardens and Home, the 65-acre public garden and historic home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath, located on the Fowl River in Theodore, near Mobile, Alabama. Walter Bellingrath was one of the first Coca-Cola bottlers in the Southeast, and with his wealth built the estate garden and home. He and his wife, Bessie, lived in the home which has since been converted into a museum. Since the gardens opened to the public in 1932, they continue to welcome visitors to enjoy year-round floral pageantry.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: The History of Baldwin County

01/16/2019 - 01/16/2019
23685 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL

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For one day only on Wednesday, January 16 at 10am, the director and county archivist of the Baldwin County Commission, Felisha Anderson, will enlighten us with how they collect, organize, describe, preserve, and make available records of historical significance in the founding and continuing history of Baldwin County, Alabama including, but not limited to manuscripts, correspondence, photos, books, and personal memorabilia.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Of Iron and Wood-Fort Morgan and the Battle of Mobile Bay

01/17/2019 - 01/17/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us on Thursday, January 17 at 10am as Dylan Tucker from Fort Morgan State Historic Site discusses Fort Morgan and the Battle of Mobile Bay.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: What You See From Here

01/17/2019 - 01/17/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us on Thursday, January 17 at 2pm as Dan Bizzell discusses the history of Pensacola Light House as well as historical sights that are visible from the top of the lighthouse. Historical information and visuals are Presidio Santa Maria De Galve (1698), The National Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas/Battery San Antonio, Fort Pickens National Historic Site, 'The Blue Angles', Advanced Redoubt and Ft. McRee are included. A chronology of historical events from Spain's initial Pensacola settlement (1559) until today is a part of the lecture and presentation.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: The History and Stories of Orange Beach

01/18/2019 - 01/18/2019
23685 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL

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On Friday, January 18 at 10am, local historian, Margaret Long, will give us a tour down memory lane as we learn the history of Orange Beach and the community.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: History of the National Naval Aviation Museum

01/18/2019 - 01/18/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us on Friday, January 18 at 2pm as museum director, Capt. Sterling Gilliam, USN (Ret), speaks to us about The National Naval Aviation Museum as the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum, the history of the museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Fairhope Stories Volumn One

01/21/2019 - 01/21/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Mark your calendar for Monday, January 21 at 2pm to come enjoy for one day only director Michael Marr as he shares Fairhope Stories, a 60-minute digital film documentary of true stories as told by 18 local folks.


2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Stories of Gulf Shores

01/22/2019 - 01/22/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us on Tuesday, January 22 at 10am as local historian, Joy Callaway Buskins Robinson along with her sisters share stories of Gulf Shores from the first Shrimp Festival to the cemeteries along Fort Morgan road.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum

01/23/2019 - 01/23/2019
23685 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL

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On Wednesday, January 23 at 10am come learn about the stories of the first settlers in Orange Beach and the stories from locals that have lived there for generations.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Alabama-From Territory to State

01/24/2019 - 01/24/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 24 at 2pm to hear Mike Bunn from Historic Blakeley present his Bicentennial-focused presentation, “Alabama: From Territory to State”, a fast-moving and richly illustrated presentation which introduces audiences to Alabama’s tumultuous founding era.


2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Owls

01/25/2019 - 01/25/2019
23685 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL

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Join us on Friday, January 25 at 10am as Kelly Reetz from the Gulf State Park Nature Center enlightens us on the radical raptors we know as owls. Not all owls hoot! Barn Owls make hissing sounds, the Eastern Screech-Owl whinnies like a horse, and Saw-whet Owls sound like, well, an old whetstone sharpening a saw. Hence the name.

Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer

01/26/2019 - 01/26/2019
65 Government St., Mobile, AL

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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 history’s most prolific and controversial figures – Genghis Khan.

Through artifacts, performers, artwork, and other historically significant items, discover the eye-opening story of the world’s 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. “It’s 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 Khan’s life and those of his sons and grandsons during the formation, peak and decline of the Mongol Empire.

As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis’s 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 Genghis’s 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.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Steamboats on the Western Waters

01/28/2019 - 01/28/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us on Monday, January 28 at 10am to hear river historian, Dan Back, discuss the history of inland river transportation and the steamboat.


2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Soldiers and Captives, Boarders and Brides-The Many Lives of Condé Charlotte

01/29/2019 - 01/29/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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In 1850 Jonathan Kirkbride and his wife, Elizabeth, renovated what is now known as the Conde-Charlotte Museum, the site of Mobile’s first jail built 30 years earlier. Kirkbride added the front portico, balcony and columns, an extension in the back, and even re-using cell doors in rooms in the rear of the estate. A portion of the jail floor can be seen in the house today.

Join us on Tuesday, January 29 at 2pm as Laura Jane Rogers walks us down the banks of the Mobile river where the Conde' Charlotte Museum House resides in the area's complex history under various European sovereigns, its entry into the American territory and its position as a Confederate city under Union siege during the Civil War.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: All Things Foley

01/30/2019 - 01/30/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us on Wednesday, January 30 at 2pm as Zana Price enlightens us with stories on all things Foley.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Ghosts of Baldwin County

01/31/2019 - 01/31/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Baldwin County is no stranger to the supernatural. As the largest county in the state of Alabama, Baldwin has hidden stories to be uncovered. Residents can still hear the horse of a soldier buried in the Confederate Rest Cemetery. Lonesome melodies from a piano haunt the Grand Hotel Ballroom. Many residents have stolen a glimpse of Catman at Gulf State Park and a mysterious lady descending the stairs of a historic tidewater home. Author Harriet Outlaw tells the stories behind the spirits that represent the most colorful characters of Baldwin County history. Join us on Thursday, January 31 at 2pm for this one day only presentation.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Defending the Homeland-Fort Morgan during the Great War

02/07/2019 - 02/07/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us on Thursday, February 7 at 10am as Dylan Tucker from Fort Morgan State Historic Site discusses Fort Morgan during the Great War.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: What You See From Here

02/07/2019 - 02/07/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us on Thursday, February 7 at 1pm as Dan Bizzell discusses the history of Pensacola Light House as well as historical sights that are visible from the top of the lighthouse. Historical information and visuals are Presidio Santa Maria De Galve (1698), The National Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas/Battery San Antonio, Fort Pickens National Historic Site, 'The Blue Angles', Advanced Redoubt and Ft. McRee are included. A chronology of historical events from Spain's initial Pensacola settlement (1559) until today is a part of the lecture and presentation.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: The History and Stories of Orange Beach

02/08/2019 - 02/08/2019
23685 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL

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On Friday, January 18 at 10am, local historian, Margaret Long, will give us a tour down memory lane as we learn the history of Orange Beach and the community.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Tips and Tricks On How To Write Your Own Novel

02/11/2019 - 02/11/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us on Monday, February 11 at 1pm as local author, Ryan Andersen, discusses ways to improve your craft and further your writing education to get published.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Stories of Gulf Shores

02/19/2019 - 02/19/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us on Tuesday, February 19 at 10am as local historian, Joy Callaway Buskins Robinson along with her sisters share stories of Gulf Shores from the first Shrimp Festival to the cemeteries along Fort Morgan road.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Alabama-From Territory to State

02/21/2019 - 02/21/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Mark your calendar for Thursday, February 21 at 1pm to hear Mike Bunn from Historic Blakeley present his Bicentennial-focused presentation, “Alabama: From Territory to State”, a fast-moving and richly illustrated presentation which introduces audiences to Alabama’s tumultuous founding era.


2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Architecture of Mobile Historic District

02/22/2019 - 02/22/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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On Friday, February 22 at 10am join Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism for this free educational series highlighting our local culture. During this one-hour lecture series we will learn the National Register Historic Districts make up what is known as downtown and midtown Mobile, which means that you'll delight in getting to know these eight distinct personalities spread throughout the Mobile Bay area with Craig Roberts.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Mardi Gras in Mobile

02/22/2019 - 02/22/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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On Friday, February 22 at 1pm join Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism for this free educational series highlighting our local culture with Craig Roberts. Discover the true history of the western hemisphere's oldest Mardi Gras. Mobile's Carnival season and Mardi Gras day is the nation's 2nd largest community festival each year with 800,000 visitors, 1.7 million parade attendees and over 180,000 Mardi Gras Ball attendees. Walk through the season as we see it unfold with 198 digital color slides!

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: Feedsacks and the Great Depression

02/25/2019 - 02/25/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us on Monday, February 25 at 10am as Coletta Bailey from Baldwin County Heritage Museum discusses the cotton sacks role during the great depression. The rural families had been sewing with feed sacks during the 1920's, but now women across the economic sprectrum were sewing with farm fabric. Women traded or sold their empty sacks along with starting their own business by designing sewing and quilting patterns.

2019 Welcome Center Lecture Series: All Things Foley

02/27/2019 - 02/27/2019
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL

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Join us on Wednesday, February 27 at 1pm as Zana Price enlightens us with stories on all things Foley.

WWI Photo Gallery Living History Event

07/02/2019 - 07/02/2019
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL

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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.