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Alabama is celebrating 200 years with events throughout the state!

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Alabama is celebrating 200 years! To mark the bicentennial, a three-year long celebration is going on across the state! There are lots of fun and educational activities you can be a part of right here on the Gulf Coast! A local group stopped by Studio10 with some of the details, here's more:

Initiatives slated over the next three years include:

  • Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit will start in 2018 and be based on the Museum of Alabama at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. It will travel to all 67 counties in partnership with the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
  • Bicentennial PastPort Project will be a print and digital “passport to the past” to showcase destinations throughout the state that can be visited by schoolchildren, families or history buffs to see and learn about Alabama history.
  • The Federal Civil Rights Trail is an initiative coinciding with the expansion of the Alabama Civil Rights Trail into the U.S. Civil Rights Trail to cross-promote our major landmarks with others in Atlanta, Memphis, Washington, Little Rock, Jackson and other cities. The Alabama Tourism Department is leading this effort.
  • Alabama Legacy Moments are short video segments that will air on Alabama Public Television with replays on Alabama NewsCenter highlighting Alabama history, people and places.
  • Huntsville’s Constitutional Hall Village, built on the spot where the 1819 constitutional convention made Alabama a state, will be restored.
  • Birmingham initiatives will include several events in the Magic City to celebrate the bicentennial.
  • Fort Toulouse, a renowned Native American and French colonial site, will also receive renovation, restoration and increased programming.
  • Alabama art exhibition series and a coffee-table book are in the works in partnership with the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
  • Alabama Bicentennial Schools is a three-pronged effort targeting improved teaching, increased educational resources and support for school-based bicentennial projects. The project is partnering with the Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

The schools program also includes professional development for teachers; curriculum made available for civics, social studies, geography and history through the Alabama Learning Exchange and bicentennial school resources and projects; and “Bicentennial in a Box” kits.

In addition to governmental entities and nonprofits, the Alabama bicentennial has a number of corporate sponsors on board that include Alabama PowerRegions BankAltec IndustriesBoeingBrasfield & GorrieDrummond CompanyMedical Properties TrustToyota Motor Manufacturing AlabamaVenturi Aerospace and Verizon.

State partners include the Alabama Tourism Department, Alabama Public Television, Alabama Department of Archives & History, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Humanities Foundation and Alabama Historical Commission.

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