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Programs and Events
Anniston Museum Celebrates Black Heritage Month:
Lunch & Learn Opportunity With Laura Anderson
"Mother’s Day 1961: The Freedom Rides in Alabama"
Presented by Laura Anderson, MA, CA, archivist at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and Alabama Humanities Foundation Roads Scholar
Thursday, February 19 presentation begins promptly at noon
Free to attend; pre-order a box lunch for $10/person (lunch order deadline February 17) by calling 256-237-6766 x 302 or 303, or bring your own lunch and drink, and enjoy this free presentation; all box lunches must be pre-ordered and pre-paid
Call 256-237-6766 for reservations. Seating is limited. All guests who pre-order lunch will be guaranteed a seat for this program. All others will be seated on a first-come, first-seated basis.
On Thursday, February 19 at noon, Anniston Museum welcomes Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Archivist Laura Caldwell for an interesting lunch hour presentation recounting the 1961 Mother’s Day Freedom Rides: On Sunday, May 14, 1961, two groups of passengers boarded buses in Atlanta for separate trips to Birmingham. One group rode Greyhound, the other Trailways. The passengers—male and female, black and white, students and retirees—were known collectively as "Freedom Riders," and they rode to test Southern states’ compliance with federal interstate transportation laws. The extreme violence they encountered in Alabama catapulted the Freedom Riders’ story into the national consciousness and cemented Alabama’s reputation as a hotbed of resistance to social change. Who were the so-called Freedom Riders? Why did they participate in such a dangerous mission? And what did they accomplish? Using images of the burning of the Freedom Riders’ bus outside Anniston on Mother’s Day 1961 – images from a collection housed in the Archives of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) – along with oral history interviews with persons involved in the Freedom Rides, this presentation offers a look at the participants and supporters who risked their lives in an effort to bring about Alabama’s compliance with federal law. In addition, the presentation will consider the roles of violence, the media and law enforcement in the civil rights movement.
This presentation is free to attend, and has been conveniently scheduled during the lunch hour to accommodate working professionals. It is also appropriate for high school/college classes. Guests planning to attend may pre-order a box lunch for $10/person including a ham or turkey sandwich, fruit, chips and cookie with tea, water or coffee to drink. Lunch order deadline February 17. All box lunches must be pre-ordered and pre-paid by this date. No box lunches will be sold on-site. To order, please call 256-237-6766 x 302 or 303. Guests may also elect to bring their own lunch and drink. Seating is limited. All guests who pre-order lunch will be guaranteed a seat for this program. All others will be seated on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Laura Caldwell Anderson is a native of Rome, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Montevallo in 1993, followed by a Master’s Degree in American Studies from The University of Alabama in 1996. She worked as Community Celebration and Documentation Coordinator for UA’s Program for Rural Services from 1996–2000. For two years after that, Laura researched interracial aspects of the civil rights movement in her hometown, earning a Master’s degree in History/Public History from the University of West Georgia in 2002. Laura resides with her husband, Will Anderson and their son Walter in Birmingham’s Crestwood neighborhood. Since 2003, she has been employed at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, where she currently serves as Archivist and Director of the Oral History Project.
35th annual Black Heritage Festival:
A 35 Year Dream, an Ongoing Journey
Saturday, February 21, 2015 10am–3:30pm
FREE ADMISSION Today at Both Museums!
Now in it's glorious 35th year, Anniston Museum's Black Heritage Festival
continues to shine as one of Alabama's oldest continuing Black History month celebrations! As always, the central element of the day remains the Childrens Oratory Competition, where young people from pre-K through 12th grade recite, from memory, works of poetry and prose by noted African American authors. Each grade level group will compete for cash prizes, but all the children will have the opportunity to excercise their skills at public speaking in front of a crowd of hundreds. Black Heritage Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to shop from many vendors in the Museum lobby, who will be offering a large variety of wares for sale, including artwork, jewelry, clothing and accessories. A live musical performance will round out the day. No need to leave for lunch--Baby Boy’s BBQ
will be on site with delicious lunch options for purchase (indoor and outdoor lunch seating available for festival attendees!). Best of all, the entire event is free to attend! Free admission also extends to the Museum Exhibit Halls at both Anniston Museum and Berman Museum, next door. Make a day of it with your family and enjoy all the Museums have to offer during the 35th annual Black Heritage Festival at Anniston Museum!
Anniston Museum would like to recognize our friends at Winn Dixie for their generous support of the 2015 Black Heritage Festival. Winn Dixie is proud to sponsor the cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each grade level category in the annual oratory competition. In addition, they will provide a delicious lunch for our talented guest choir from Alabama State University. Winn Dixie has always been a great supporter of their local community, and we are so pleased to partner with them in this venture.
Other event sponsors include: Calhoun County Commissioner Fred Wilson; State Representative Dr. Barbara Boyd; Iota Mu Omega Chapter of AKA; Pandora Art & Social Club; and John & Valerie Richardson.
Home School Day at the Museums
Activities at both Anniston and Berman Museums
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11am-1pm
$4/person for Anniston Museum admission & activities;
$3/person for Berman Museum admission & activities;
$7/person for a Passport ticket to both Museums!
Home school families will be able to enjoy a special morning at the Museums in Lagarde Park, exploring new and exciting areas. Before your visit, be sure to download fun and educational scavenger hunts from each of the Museums’ websites. Print the appropriate pages for your children’s grade level, and bring along to complete as you tour the Museums with your family.
Begin the day at Anniston Museum of Natural History, where you’ll have the chance to pre-register for one of two special Animal Encounters: either an interpretive visit to the Live Animal Facility and/or an educational hike on the Bird of Prey Trail. While at Anniston Museum, take the opportunity to look over the content and lesson guides in the Museum’s Educational Resources Trunks. These pre-packaged learning stations are available for all educators to "check out" at no cost, for up to two weeks at a time. Anniston Museum’s Animal Encounters (Live Animal Facility Tours and Bird of Prey Trail Hike) will be offered every thirty minutes, between 10am–12:30pm.
The pre-registration sign-up sheets for these offerings will be available at 9:30am in the Anniston Museum Lobby. Spaces on these tours are limited and will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.
After taking part in Anniston Museum’s activities, home school families can add another dimension to their visit by attending a "Hands-on History" program at Berman Museum of World History. "Hands-on History" programs will be offered at 11am and 1pm,
and are sure to bring history to life in a whole new way. Use the Berman Museum scavenger hunts you downloaded and printed at home as you tour four exciting permanent Exhibit Halls, and be sure to take a look at the Educational Resource kits available for check-out at Berman Museum, as well. Some of Berman Museum’s educational kits also include historic costumes, to make learning about history even more real for your students!
Spring Break Week
Tuesday, March 31–Saturday, April 4
Watch for more information on upcoming Spring Break Week programs and events here on our calendar of events or "like" us on Facebook for the latest updates!
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General Hours and Admission: Valid through Memorial Day, 2015
Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1-5pm
Closed Mondays now through Memorial Day
***** No tickets will be sold after 4:30pm, in order to assure visitors are able to view and enjoy everything. *****
Note: Nature Space Discovery Room closes daily at 4pm, and Anniston Museum Store closes daily at 4:45 pm. If you wish to take advantage of these areas, please plan your visit accordingly.
$6 per adult; $ 5.50 per senior (age 60+); $5 per child (ages 4-17); children under 3 are free
***** Extra cost for some special programs and events*. Call for details. *****
Members are required to show cards for all family members for free admission: If your cards have been lost or stolen, contact the membership department right away for replacement: email@example.com or 256-237-6766 ext. 120
NOTICE TO VISITORS TO THE GARDENS AND TRAILS:
MUSEUM DRIVE GATE LOCKS DAILY AT 5:30PM
Anniston Museum's outdoor Gardens and Trails are open seven days a week, regardless of holidays, however, Museum Drive is only accessible by car from 8am to 5:30pm, during regular business hours on normal operating days. On days the Museum is open for business, all visitors must move their vehicles to the lower end of the park before 5:30pm, or risk being locked in until the next regular operating day.
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Founded in 1930, Anniston Museum of Natural History is a nationally accredited museum with the purpose of enhancing public knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of living things and their environments. The Museum preserves and studies collections that relate to humankind and the natural environment and interprets these through interdisciplinary exhibits and programs. The Museum is committed to providing educational, recreational, and economic benefits which will improve the quality of life for diverse audiences. Exit 185 off I-20 between Birmingham and Atlanta. North on State Hwy 21 seven miles. Anniston Museum is located in Lagarde Park at the intersection of State Hwys 21/431.