As several students from area high schools recently learned, history is all around us, even in places you might never suspect.
That was the lesson learned November 5th, when students participating in the Shelby Sentinel Ambassador Program took a field trip to some out-of-the-way locations in Harpersville and Vincent.
Fred Olive, President of the Shelby County Historical Society, Inc., joined forces with fellow board members David Nolen and Albert “Peter” Datcher, Jr., in an effort to expose the Sentinels to parts of Shelby County that don’t often receive the attention they deserve.
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There is a lot to be learned from visiting a cemetery. On October 29th, a valuable lesson in history was provided to participants of the Historical Cemetery Walking Tour at Columbiana City Cemetery.
The cemetery tour, which was a fundraiser for the Shelby County Museum & Archives, attracted over 220 visitors. The evening began with a trolley ride from the Columbiana Senior Center. As groups arrived at their destination, they were greeted by tour guides who provided background on the history of the cemetery, then led each group along a path that featured nine graves highlighted on this year’s tour.
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Anyone who has recently bumped into Bonnie Atchison in Columbiana may have noticed a difference in the way she speaks. Don’t worry, she will eventually return to her normal voice, but from now until October 29th Atchison will be practicing the distinctive way her late friend Jeannette Niven spoke.
Atchison, along with local actors and students from the Calera High School Drama Department, will be participating in the Historical Cemetery Walking Tour at the Columbiana City Cemetery. During the tour, actors will portray a selection of early residents interred at the cemetery.
The tour is a fundraiser for the Shelby County Museum & Archives. As executive director for the museum, I envision the tour as a way to celebrate the history of Shelby County. Because Columbiana has long been a center of influence as the county seat, many of the county’s most influential people from long ago are buried there.
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The applications for the Shelby Sentinel Ambassador program are available, and the deadline to turn them in is Monday, September 19th. 11th grade students from any Shelby County High School are eligible to apply. Homeschooled students are encouraged to apply, as well.
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With crisp, cool breezes and the sound of leaves crunching under your feet, the Columbiana City Cemetery will be the place to be on October 29, 2016 for the first ever Historical Cemetery Walking Tour.
The tour is a fundraiser for the Shelby County Museum & Archives. As executive director for the museum, I envision the tour as a way to celebrate our history as a county. Many of the county’s most influential people are buried in the Columbiana City Cemetery since the city has long been a center of influence as the county seat.
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