The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association is excited to be a part of the Alabama 200 and look forward to this major milestone in our history. The mission of ALABAMA 200 is to support, create, and execute events and activities that commemorate the stories of our people, place, and path to statehood. Between 2017 and 2019, ALABAMA 200 will engage residents and visitors in educational programs, community activities, and statewide initiatives that teach, inspire, and entertain.
Created from the Mississippi Territory in 1817, the Alabama Territory became the nation’s twenty-second state on December 14, 1819. ALABAMA 200, the state’s official bicentennial commemoration, will consider a rich and complex history made every day by people like us. Whether they lived here for centuries or came from far away, Alabamians made this land of natural beauty and diversity, innovation and change, challenge and resilience, their home. Their stories embrace some of the most significant moments in national and world history. Between January 2017 and December 2019, Alabamians all over the state and beyond will create and take part in educational and enriching opportunities to discover, explore, preserve, and share those stories.
Community-hosted efforts include historical marker programs, festivals and fairs, bicentennial gardens, cemetery surveys, reunions, and other activities that shine a light on local history. Statewide initiatives include traveling exhibitions, a mobile oral history studio, increasing access to family history records, community workshops, a special “Bicentennial Bookshelf,” and Alabama Reads, a common reading program. Education projects range from Bicentennial Blue Ribbon School designations to new curriculum production to professional development for teachers.
Through ALABAMA 200, we can strengthen our children and teachers, build capacity in communities to identify and use their assets, and come together as Alabamians to find fellowship and inspiration for building the future. ALABAMA 200 is a chance to remember, honor, and explore our people, places, and events. It is also an opportunity to invest in tomorrow. Please join us.
For more information the Alabama 200 project visit their official website here