The Alabama Department of Archives and History will host a free book talk and signing with author Aileen Henderson Thursday, Sept. 1 in Montgomery.
Henderson will present “Eugene Smith’s Alabama: How a Geologist Shaped the State,” at noon at the archives, 624 Washington Ave. in Montgomery.
A press release from the Archives’ notes that Eugene Smith was appointed state geologist by the legislature in 1873.
“He was a professor, geologist, and naturalist who traveled by mule-drawn wagon throughout Alabama in the years after the Civil War to find natural resources that could be used to develop industry in the state,” the release said. “Henderson will discuss the hardships and accomplishments of the man who devoted his life to finding ways to transform Alabama from an agricultural state to an industrial giant.”
Those attending can bring a sack lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.