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Historian Leah Rawls Atkins will speak on the first 100 years of the Alabama Power Company on Thursday, August 30 at 12 p.m. at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery. The free program will take place in the Alabama Power Auditorium and the public is invited.
Atkins is author of “Developed for the Service of Alabama”: The Centennial History of the Alabama Power Company 1906-2006. The Alabama Historical Association awarded the book the 2007 James F. Sulzby Book Award for best publication on Alabama history.
Few if any lives in Alabama have not been touched by the Alabama Power Company. Thousands of people have worked for the company—sometimes one generation of family members following on the heels of another—and millions of citizens have been able to power their homes and offices thanks to APC.
From turning the lights on to hurricane damage repair, APC has been a presence and a force within the state, and the tale told in Atkins’s book is one of politics, economics and technological advances, as well as vision and determination.
Atkins, a native of Birmingham, is a co-author of Alabama: The History of a Deep South State, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She is also the author of The Valley and the Hills: An Illustrated History of Birmingham and Jefferson County, and other studies and articles on Alabama history. Atkins has taught history at Auburn, UAB, and Samford University. In 1995, she retired from Auburn as director emerita of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities.
The program is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Archives and History and is one of several that will take place around the state in 2007. The series is funded by the Alabama Power Company and administered by the Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.
For more information about the program, call Sherrie Hamil at 334-353-4712. For information about the other programs in the series, call the Center for the Arts & Humanities at 334-844-4946 or go to www.auburn.edu/cah.
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