Category Archives: Jessica Lacher-Feldman

"…and walk through a door that leads to opportunity for others.”

“There will come a day in your life when you must act for others–your family, perhaps your community–and you must be ready. What you have done to reach this milestone today is part of that preparation. So take from all … Continue reading

(Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier) Lafayette wuz Here 4/3/25

It was on April 3, 1825, during his tour of the United States that French general and Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette was entertained at Montgomery with great fanfare — so much fanfare, in fact that Governor Israel … Continue reading

100 Years, A Million Dollars, 1000 Strong and a Few Cool Photos!

        HAPPY 100TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA’S MILLION DOLLAR BAND! The Million Dollar Band will be joined on the field tomorrow, September 22, 2012 by Million Dollar Band alums during the halftime show, making the … Continue reading

1968: The Year that Changed the World

Exhibit poster for 1968: The Year that Changed the World – inspired by Thomas Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968) A new exhibit from the collections of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library is now available — 1968: The Year … Continue reading

A Best-Selling Author was Born….Carl Carmer and Stars Fell on Alabama

October 16 marks the birthday of bestselling author and former University of Alabama professor of English, Carl Carmer. Born in 1893 in Cortland, New York, Carmer came to The University of Alabama in 1927 after completing graduate work at Harvard … Continue reading

A Lucky Birthday for Alabama’s Eddie Floyd — Knock on Wood!

Happy Birthday to Alabama-born soul singer and songwriter Eddie Floyd. Eddie Floyd was born Eddie Lee Floyd on June 25, 1935 in Montgomery, Alabama and though he has an album coming out next month — his first in six years– … Continue reading

A Night (to remember) at the Opry, June 11, 1949

Hank Williams Country Music Folio Acuff-Rose Music, Nashville, Tennessee, 1948 From the Wade Hall Sheet Music Collection It’s hard to believe that the musical icon and Alabama native Hank Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was only twenty-nine … Continue reading

A Royal Decree!

Our amazing volunteer manuscript processor James shared this cool little item he came across while processing the Mabel Smythe-Haith papers. Everyone loves a big fancy decree, deed, or diploma — something with seals and stamps and stuff. Pretty cool. What’s … Continue reading

A Star is Born: Happy Birthday Mark Twain!

He was born on November 30, 1835, just as Haley’s Comet passed in the night sky. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is a true American literary icon, and widely read today just as he was 100 years … Continue reading

Aftermath of the 1932 Tornado Outbreak in Alabama

These five images are from the Roland Harper Photographs Collection — photographs by Roland Harper of aftermath of the deadly tornado outbreak in the deep south on March 21 and 22, 1932. The destruction and loss of life was staggering, … Continue reading