Alabama historian Atkins to discuss history of Alabama Power Company

AUBURN – Auburn University distinguished alumna and historian Leah Rawls Atkins will speak on the first 100 years of the Alabama Power Company on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 4 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

A reception at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center hosted by AU College of Liberal Arts Dean Anne-Katrin Gramberg will follow.

Atkins is author of “Developed for the Service of Alabama: The Centennial History of the Alabama Power Company 1906-2006, ” the first full-length study of the history of the company.

The story of APC includes the challenges and achievements that mark the company’s impact on the state and the lives of its citizens. From turning the lights on to hurricane damage repair, APC has been a presence and a force within the state for the last 100 years South State,” which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She is also the author of “The Valley

Atkins, a native of Birmingham, is a co-author of “Alabama: The History of a Deep and the Hills: An Illustrated History of Birmingham and Jefferson County,” and other studies and articles on Alabama history.

The first student to earn a Ph.D. in history from Auburn University, Atkins has taught history at Auburn, Samford University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 1995, she retired from Auburn as director emerita of the Auburn University Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Atkins’ talk in Auburn is one in a series of programs that will take place around the state in 2007. It is sponsored by the Auburn University Libraries, the AU College of Liberal Arts and the Auburn Alabama Power Company office. The statewide series is funded by the Alabama Power Foundation and administered by the Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.

For information about this and other programs in the series, call the Center for the Arts and Humanities at (334) 844-4946 or go to
Copies of “Developed for the Service of Alabama” will be available for purchase and signing at the program.

(Contributed by Mark Wilson.)

Contact: Mark Wilson, (334) 844-4948 (, or
Mike Clardy,(334) 844-9999 (