Headland to host Alabama history exhibit to celebrate state's bicentennial

Updated: Jul. 2, 2018 at 3:21 PM CDT
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HEADLAND, AL (WSFA) - Alabama's history will be on display in Headland in October.

Headland was selected as the host city in Henry County to display the historical exhibit by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

"We're so thankful to be able to host it - that we have a place to host it in our library," said Rhonda Harrison, Executive Director Headland Area Chamber of Commerce. "It will teach people more about the history of Alabama and along with that - teach them some about our history as well."

The exhibit, "Making Alabama - A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit," is in celebration of Alabama becoming a state 200 years ago. The exhibit will crisscross the state for 18 months - making a stop in Headland from Oct. 2-27.

People will be able to visit the exhibit at the Blanche Solomon Memorial Library in downtown Headland.

"We're excited to offer this for our patrons - for everyone in Headland and Henry County. We love doing things to bring people in," said Joan Moulton, Library Director.

The display will be located in the library's back room.

Library hours will also be extended while the exhibit is featured at the library. The display will officially open to the public Oct. 4. You can visit it Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Henry County won't only celebrate the state's bicentennial birthday; the county will also celebrate its own birthday. Henry County is one day older than the state.

"We're partnering with the Chamber of Commerce in Abbeville and our other communities - our historical society to plan several events during the year. Right on up until December 2019 when we'll have a big birthday bash in Abbeville," said Harrison.

As part of the county birthday celebration, there will be opportunities to learn more about the county's history,

"We'll have publications that we'll be giving out to people who come to the exhibit that will be a Henry County passport. That will indicate on a map each historical marker in the county," said Harrison.

It will also be used to connect people to local businesses that are doing special things to celebrate the county's birthday.

Harrison says the county also has events planned around the bicentennial celebration - including the annual Harvest Festival. The events will last from October until December 2019. For more information about events, visit Henry County 200 on Facebook.

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