Alabama 200

Baldwin County hosts bicentennial planning meeting

By John Underwood / john@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 7/7/17

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — It was a full house on Thursday, June 29 when the Alabama Bicentennial Commission hosted a free Alabama 200 series regional workshop in the Baldwin County Commission chambers …

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Alabama 200

Baldwin County hosts bicentennial planning meeting

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ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — It was a full house on Thursday, June 29 when the Alabama Bicentennial Commission hosted a free Alabama 200 series regional workshop in the Baldwin County Commission chambers at the Central Annex in Robertsdale.

According to a release from the Bicentennial Commission, between 2017 and 2019, Alabama 200 will engage residents and visitors in educational programs, community activities and statewide initiatives that teach, inspire and entertain. The regional community workshops will allow for cross-county partnerships, development of timelines, access to available projects, exhibitions, speakers and fundraising opportunities.

During the month of June, workshops were held in Chatom and Robertsdale, designed to assist communities in planning for Alabama’s three-year bicentennial commemoration.

“We are planning workshops like these throughout the state,” said Connor Lowery, local activities coordinator with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. “Every community is different and we value input from all communities. It is also a way for us to coordinate what each region is planning.”

Over the next few years, the Bicentennial Commission is encouraging each community to tie in the event with local events such a festivals and other community activities.

The celebration will also incorporate the county’s three major historic battlefields, Fort Blakeley, Fort Mims and Fort Morgan, said Felicia Anderson, director of Archives and History for Baldwin County who is coordinating bicentennial activities in Baldwin County.

“We are working closely with the Baldwin County Board of Education to get local schools involved in the celebration,” Anderson said. “Over the next three years we want all the local schools to plan field trips to the three battle sites.”

It is also important, Anderson said, for Baldwin and Mobile counties to coordinate efforts in the celebration.

Workshops are being planned throughout the state over the coming months, Lowry said.

To find out how you can help with the celebration and for future planning dates and sites, visit alabama200.org.