AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An exhibition of historic items representing American postal, Civil War, Alabama and naval history will be on display through August in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. The pieces in the exhibition were donated to the library by John and Faye Vick of Andalusia.
“We are very proud and pleased to be making this exhibit of significant pieces from the John and Faye Vick donation available to the public,” said Dwayne Cox, head of Special Collections and Archives. “The Vick donation was literally thousands of items. It was hard choosing which ones to exhibit, but in the end we managed to narrow it down to some really fine pieces I think the public will enjoy seeing.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – To commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Creek War of 1813-14, a symposium will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library.
“Toward a Larger Stage: The War of 1812, the Creek War and the Idea of America,” is the theme of a series of three symposia that will focus on pivotal events that took place 200 years ago in Alabama and beyond.
The Aug. 25 symposium will focus on the significant events of 1812, the first year of the larger War of 1812 and an important precursor to the conflict building between Creek nationalists, the Red Stick faction and Anglo-American settlers that culminated in the Creek War and the ultimate Battle of Horseshoe Bend in March 1814.
AUBURN – Auburn Professor Emeritus of English Bert Hitchcock will give the first lecture in the spring Discover Auburn Lecture Series, Thursday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. A reception will follow.
Hitchcock’s lecture, “Harriet Beecher Stowe: Devil or Angel,” is another in the ongoing series of Discover Auburn presentations marking the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. He will examine the author and her place in the Civil War as viewed by the opposing sides. Stowe’s novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is often cited as an instigator of the war and became a lens through which both of the warring sides viewed the other.
AUBURN – Keith Hebert of the University of West Georgia will explore life on the Confederate home front during the late Civil War in the next Discover Auburn Lecture Series program, “The Bottomless Pit of Hell: the Confederate Home Front in Bartow County, Georgia 1864-1865.”
The lecture will take place Thursday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department on the ground floor of Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library. A reception will follow.
AUBURN – A special exhibit of the books and papers of the late Kathryn Tucker Windham is on display through fall semester in the Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library.
The Selma native, who died June 12 at the age of 93, was the author of a variety of books on southern folklore and folk life, including a popular series of ghost stories. She was also well known as a storyteller, practicing her craft on National Public Radio and at a variety of festivals around the United States.
AUBURN – To mark the 400th anniversary of the first publication of the King James translation of the Bible, Auburn University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Department is hosting a special exhibit of some of the rare and historic Bibles that it holds in its collection. The exhibit is open to the public through Nov. 30.
The exhibit covers the approximately 100 years of English Bible translations that led to the publication of the first King James Bible in 1611. Bibles in the exhibit include a facsimile of the 1525 Tyndale translation along with original printings of King Henry VIII’s Great Bible, the Geneva Bible, the Bishop’s Bible, the Rheims New Testament and a 1613 printing of the King James Bible.