Houston County, Alabama, Heritage
From DEVIL MAKE A THIRD, by Douglas Fields Bailey, page 122:
If you live in Houston County, Alabama, you know this to be true!
The Houston County, Alabama, Heritage Association brings together those who love our little part of the world and want to help facilitate the preservation of its many unique elements. It is an umbrella to promote and encourage the organizations dedicated to the collection, preservation and dissemination historical and genealogical materials. We will use our website to help disseminate this information. Inspired by the prodigious efforts of luminaries who have guided our way, Carol Bishop Lee who led the way with Landmark Park, our living history museum, Evelyn Mullen Isbel, who encouraged the preservation and special memories of our pioneer families by collecting the genealogies and family histories now in the Library at Landmark, and Ceya Minder who spearheaded our Houston County Heritage book...and all of those who have maintained the genealogical and cultural societies throughout our community, we hope now to add that glorious beginning.
By encouraging the writing of histories in the different areas of our Southeast Alabama culture we will be preserving the collections of the many different organizations. The beginnings of these histories will be started with programs and slide shows highlighting the photographs to be presented at our Association gatherings that demonstrate how within these many different areas of our culture people and events have reflected the times, helped progress and break new ground, and demonstrate the unique talents and abilities of individuals who have lived among us.
As these publications are developed and made available, we will help facilitate the printing of these (publication manly funded by those organizations whose history they write) to sell through the Landmark Park store which will be accessible online or by the individual with the stipulation that a percentage of the profit of all publications sold on our website will be given back to the Association for continuation of its projects.
We challenge the Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Colonists, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Daughters and Sons of the War of 1812, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars to collect photographs of their ancestors and write up a biography of that ancestor (including genealogy sheets to add to our Genealogical records) with their military record to share with us. Those of more recent wars should write their own history and provide us with pictures. Please notice the history I wrote of my mother's WWII service and pictures also on this website.) We will place some of those photographs and stories on our website, it will be a part of our purpose to enable the scanning and collection of the digitalized photographs to make available in CD form.
Southeast Alabama is blessed to have an official archivist
at Archives of Wiregrass History & Culture located in the library at Troy State
University Dothan Library, under the direction of Dr. Marty Oliff.
However, the task of soliciting, retrieving, scanning, archiving, and
digitalizing photographs, etc, is one he is undermanned to effectively
accomplish. Currently old photographs are being solicited by the Dothan
Eagle. Our resources are being divided and through those divisions, we
are not cataloguing and sourcing the resources as effectively as we might if we
band together and use our Southeast Alabama Heritage Association as the
disseminator of accumulated sources. By pooling our resources,
organizing our assets, and mobilizing volunteers, including the professors and
students at Troy State University, our Southeast Alabama area might actually
uncover new facts and an understanding of who we are and how we came to be here
while preserving the materials already available.
I am anxious for Don Bennett to find his mother's poetry book. It should be reprinted so we can all have a copy. She was an extraordinary woman. Let us make sure we remember her...and so many others whose memory depends on what we do now. (These are my favorite poems that she wrote.)
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