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The following special bicentennial lectures and weekly bonus courses are open to the public. There is no charge and you do not have to be an OLLI member to enjoy these. Feel free to bring your friends, or come alone and make new friends! Events marked with the Alabama Bicentennial are related to the state's bicentennial, whereas the weekly bonus courses are marked with the OLLI logo.

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TUSCALOOSA

Seven Decades of Tuscaloosa History 

Presented by Donald Brownalabama bicentennial logo
Monday, January 14, 2019
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

Famous Buildings in Alabama 

Presented by Will Hawkinsalabama bicentennial logo
Monday, January 14 - Monday, March 4, 2019
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

The First 200 Years: A Quick, Quirky Review of Tuscaloosa’s History 

Presented by Jim Ezellalabama bicentennial logo
Tuesday, January 15 - Tuesday, March 5, 2019 
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

Discovering Alabama

Presented by Doug Phillipsalabama bicentennial logo
Tuesday, January 15 – Tuesday, February 5, 2019
1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

History of Maxwell-Gunter AFB 

Presented by Robert Kanealabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa: 200 Years in the Making 

Presented by Guy Hubbsalabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

Wilson’s Cavalry Raid through Alabama 

Presented by James Dayalabama bicentennial logo
Monday, January 28, 2019
10:30 -11:45 a.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

100 Things to do During the Alabama Bicentennial Year

Presented by Philip Malonealabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, February 13 - Wednesday, March 6, 2019
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

Diamonds in the Rough: A History of Alabama’s Cahaba Coal Field

Presented by James Dayalabama bicentennial logo
Monday, February 4, 2019
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

African-Americans in the U.S. Military From the American Revolution to Integration

Presented by Robert Kanealabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

History of Coaling

Presented by Frank Zarkalabama bicentennial logo
Thursday, February 7, 2019
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Coaling Town Hall, Coaling

War of 1812 and the Trail of Tears

Presented by Milton Dennyalabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

RAF and Free French Flight Training at Maxwell and Gunter Fields During WWII

Presented by Robert Kanealabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

War of 1812 and the Trail of Tears (cont.)

Presented by Milton Dennyalabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

Seven Flags Over Tuscaloosa

Presented by Jim Ezellalabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

German POW Camp in the Town of Aliceville

Presented by John Gillumalabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

Free French Flight Training at Maxwell and Gunter Fields during WWII

Presented by Robert Kanealabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

Alabama in Space

Presented by Doug Phillipsalabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

Alabama’s Goat Hill and Its Stories

Presented by Steve Flowersalabama bicentennial logo
Thursday, March 7, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

 

GREATER BIRMINGHAM

Alabama Geology

Presented by Barbara Brandealabama bicentennial logo
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Hoover Public Library, Hoover

Alabama’s Long Road to Becoming a Territory

Presented by Ed Bridgesalabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Vestavia Hills Civic Center, Vestavia Hills

Alabama’s Political History

Presented by John Archibald alabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Hoover Library, Hoover

My Time in the FBI

Presented by Ashley Curryalabama bicentennial logo
Thursday, April 11, 2019 
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Vestavia Hills Civic Center, Vestavia Hills

Crooks, Scoundrels, and Other Politicians

Presented by Steve Flowersalabama bicentennial logo
Thursday, April 18, 2019
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, Vestavia Hills

 

GADSDEN


Who’s Who in 200 Years of Alabama History

Presented by Bill Browningalabama bicentennial logo
Tuesday, January 15 - Tuesday, February 26, 2019
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Gadsden Public Library, Gadsden

Antebellum Alabama

Presented by Skip Campbellalabama bicentennial logo
Wednesday, January 16 - Wednesday, February 27, 2019
1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
UA Gadsden Center, Gadsden

Revisiting Civil Rights and Coming of Age in 1960s Alabama

Presented by Jim Kilgorealabama bicentennial logo
Thursday, January 24 and Thursday, January 31, 2019
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
UA Gadsden Center, Gadsden

The Role of Convict Labor in the Development of the Birmingham Industrial District

Presented by Karen Utzalabama bicentennial logo
Thursday, February 7, 2019
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
UA Gadsden Center, Gadsden

 

GREENSBORO

Civil War of Alabama

Presented by Will Hawkinsalabama bicentennial logo
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
The Noel-Ramsey House, Greensboro

 

PICKENS COUNTY

History of Land Surveying in the Mississippi Territory and Alabama, 1803 -1861

Presented by Milton Dennyalabama bicentennial logo
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Gordo City Hall, Gordo