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

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

Roland Harper and his Photographs – A Slice of Alabama Life

Roland Harper with camera Roland Harper in full field gear with hound Today in Gorgas Library room 205, Elizabeth Findley Shores will talk about her book, On Harper’s Trail: Roland McMillan Harper, Pioneering Botanist of the Southern Coastal Plain (UGA … Continue reading

Up from History: A Lecture on the Life of Booker T. Washington

pba00977 Up from Slavery (J. L. Nichols and Co., 1901) pba001870 The Story of My Life and Work (J. L. Nichols and Company, 1900) Featuring an image of the Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama pba00976 Working with the Hands: Being a … Continue reading

Peanuts? Cracker Jack? Happy Opening Day!

Advertisement, Crimson White, April 1929 From the Mel Allen Collection, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library Here’s to the first day of Major League Baseball season! And here’s to all who continue to love the game.

Celebrate Poetry in all its forms…

The Game of Giza by George Edwin Starbuck From the George Edwin Starbuck Papers,The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama. April is National Poetry Month. We’ll celebrate with the witty, wry, and dangerously funny George Starbuck, whose … Continue reading

Robert Loveman: Poem, Song, and a little Jewish History Too!

On Valentine’s Day, who better to talk about than a guy whose name screams all things romantic. A poet with a name like Loveman? You couldn’t make this stuff up. Robert Loveman (April 11, 1864 – July 9, 1923) was … Continue reading

Lincoln on Publishers’ Bindings: Selections from the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture

Here are just a few of the 19th and early 20th c. books on Abraham Lincoln from the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture. They are also featured in our ground-breaking collaborative digital project, Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: … Continue reading

An Unlikely Antihero: Bernie Madoff at the Capstone

Bernard Madoff, yearbook picture, 1957 Corolla An article appeared in the New York Times last week by Allen Salkin, entitled Bernie Madoff, Frat Brother, which provides a fascinating short oral history from his fellow fraternity brothers (Sigma Alpha Mu) on … Continue reading

Two Unlikely Rose Bowl Heroes (in 1938, that is)

Irving Berlin Kahn The University of Alabama in the 1930s was home to a significant population of Jewish students, both from around the state of Alabama, and from other parts of the U.S., particularly the Northeast.Then UA President, Dr. George … Continue reading