Auto Industry’s arrival in Alabama is subject of today’s Architreats at the state archives

“Cars Fell on Alabama – The Automotive Industry Comes to Alabama,” a panel discussion led by Bill Taylor and Archie Craft, is today’s topic at today’s Architreats event at the state archives.

The talk marks the 20th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz’s decision to build a sport utility vehicle in Alabama. The impact of that decision has had a profound impact on Alabama’s economy, business expansion and employment.

Bill Taylor is an automotive industry veteran who now is president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.  Craft is vice president of human resources at Mercedes-Benz International Inc.

The noon talk will be at the state archives, 624 Washington Ave. in Montgomery. The event is free and participants can bring a brown bag lunch.

Architreats is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Alabama State Archives to be closed for Veterans Day, Thanksgiving

Just a reminder that Alabama’s state archives in Montgomery will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, for Veterans Day, according to its website.

The archives also will be closed for Nov. 22-23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Saturday, Nov. 24, the archives will be closed but the museum will be open.


“Redneck Riviera” is the topic of Aug. 16 Architreats talk at the Alabama archives

Harvey H. Jackson will deliver a presentation based on his book, “The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera,”  at the Aug. 16 Architreats program at the Alabama archives.

Jackson is a professor of history at Jacksonville State University and the author, co-author or co-editor of 13 books on various aspects of Southern history.

The free noon lectures are held at the archives, 624 Washington Ave. in Montgomery. Participants can bring a sack lunch.