Tupper Lightfoot to celebrate bicentennial with events this week

Published 9:08 pm Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in Brundidge will host two “don’t miss” Alabama Bicentennial events this week and everyone is invited.

At noon on Thursday, “Tupper” will host “200 years of Forgotten Alabama” at Brundidge Station.

Theresa Trawick, library director, said the program will be presented by Glenn Wills, author of “Forgotten Alabama” and “More Forgotten Alabama.”

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“Glenn Wills has traveled throughout Alabama documenting Alabama’s forgotten and abandoned buildings that still exist,” Trawick said. “On Thursday, he will share many of the images he has collected and talk about his journey around Alabama.”

Trawick said this is one event that everyone who has an interest in Alabama’s fading landscape and Alabama’s history will enjoy.

“Everyone is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program or to just come and enjoy the program,” she said. “The program will last about 45 minutes with a short question and answer period to follow. The Glenn Wills will also have his books for sale.”

On Saturday “Tupper” is inviting anyone and everyone who has old photos, letters and documents related to Brundidge to bring them to the library between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon so copies may be made for the library’s Local History and Genealogy collection.

“Any historical information about families, businesses, churches, organizations or any information that would help document and tell the story of our community should be preserved,” Trawick said. “The original documents will be copied without any damage to them and taken home to be preserved.”

The photos and documents for coping should be presented in the library’s back building. Light refreshments will be served to those participating.

“We are also encouraging those who have stories to tell about Brundidge, its people and places to come and let us record those stories,” Trawick said.

Stories told in the oral tradition have traditionally been the avenue through which people have learned about their families and their communities.

“We want people to tell their stories, the ones that are not written down, just passed down,” she said. “Let’s not let Brundidge be the ‘Forgotten Brundidge.’ Help “Tupper” preserve our past through the copying of photos and documents and the telling of the stories.”