AU to co-sponsor symposium on early 19th century Alabama at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Jan. 26

AUBURN – Auburn University will co-sponsor the symposium, “Cultural Crossroads: A New Country, ” about Alabama in the years 1800 to 1830, on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Speakers will include historian and author Leah Rawls Atkins on early settlement patterns; AU professor of history Kathryn Holland Braund on the shift from Native American to white European sovereignty; chair of the Jacksonville State University history department Harvey H. Jackson III on the rough and tumble life of the frontier; and director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History Ed Bridges on the visit of French general LaFayette to Alabama.

Also on the program are director of the Black Belt Museum at Livingston University Dr. John C. Hall, who will speak on the environmental changes of the period; Texas A&M historian Angela Hudson on settlers and slaves; and independent scholar Mark Dauber on Thomas Woodward’s observations on Alabama.

Although Alabama was still home to the Creek Nation in the early 1800s, hundreds of settlers and fortune seekers, lured by the promise of prosperity, were pouring into the state and transforming the frontier culturally, economically and physically.

Registration is $40 for the general public and $22 for faculty and students and includes a light breakfast, lunch and refreshments. To register or for more information, call (334) 240-5400 or toll-free at (888) 240-1850.

This year’s symposium, one in an ongoing series of annual programs focusing on Alabama history, is sponsored by Landmarks of Montgomery, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. It is funded in part by a generous grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Contact: Jay Lamar, (334) 844-4946 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (