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March, 2017

William C. Gorgas and the Great War
Dates: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 09:00am - 05:00pm

Opening March 4th, 2017, "William C. Gorgas and the Great War" offers an exciting glimpse into the experience of Alabamians in the global conflict. In addition to detailing the life and impact of Gorgas, renowned physician and surgeon general, the exhibit delved into the lives of soldiers and students affected by the war. Important topics include Camp Sheridan and the lauded 167th division.Exhibit opening reception free to the public.For more information please visit
Contact: Lydia Joffray (205)348-5906
Gorgas House Museum

Tuscaloosa, AL


Category: Museums and Exhibitions

2017 SUPER Teacher Program "World War I Centennial: Alabama in the Great War"
Dates: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 08:00am - 04:00pm

In conjunction with statewide efforts recognizing Alabama’s place in WWI history, this one-day workshop will explore Alabama’s contributions to and commemorations of WWI. Teachers will also be introduced to digital and physical archival resources along with methods on how to incorporate those resources into classroom projects and lesson plans. Teachers will be reimbursed for a substitute teacher. All 4th-12th grade teachers currently teaching in Alabama public and accredited private schools are eligible. School librarians and pre-service teachers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.   Application available:
Contact: T.C. McLemore (205) 558-3999
Pebble Hill

Auburn, AL


Category: Conferences, Shows & Panels, Education
April, 2017

Maxwell Air Force Base Sculpture Dedication
Dates: Thursday, April 06, 2017

To commemorate the centennial of the entry of the United States air service into World War One and the centennial of Alabama's entry in to the war, join Maxwell Air Force Base in the unveiling of the new Daedalus sculpture by James Butler, R.A.  
Maxwell Air Force Base

, AL


Category: Performances & Creative Exhibition

World War I Commemoration
Dates: Thursday, April 06, 2017 11:00am

Please join the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of 1812 in Mobile for a commemoration of the US entry into World War One. The event will be held at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial at 11:00 am. Commemorations include a speaker, a band, and the distribution of poppies. Please bring a lawn chair as there is no seating at the memorial.
Contact: Carol May 251-591-3368
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial

Mobile, AL


Category: Commemoration & Memorial Events

Film Screening & Exhibit Launch
Dates: Thursday, April 06, 2017 04:00pm - 06:00pm

Join us for the launch of Remembering the Great War: Alabama and World War One, a traveling exhibit created by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the Alabama Department of Archives & History, with assistance from Industrial Design students in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction and Associate Professor Shu-Wen Tzeng.    A special preview screening of the PBS and American Experience documentary The Great War will begin at 5 p.m. The Great War tells the rich and complex story of World War I through ...
Contact: Maiben Beard 334-844-4903
Pebble Hill

Auburn, AL


Category: Conferences, Shows & Panels, Museums and Exhibitions

Shiloh-First World War Hike
Dates: Friday, April 07, 2017

As a part of its annual anniversary hikes, on 7 April 2017 Shiloh National Military Park will commemorate the 155th anniversary of the battle of Shiloh and the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into the First World War with an all-day hike comparing the two periods of military history. Please contact Dr. Jeff Gentsch, Department of History and Social Sciences at the University of West Alabama, for more details.
Contact: Dr. Jeff Gentsch
Shiloh National Military Park

Savannah, TN


Category: Commemoration & Memorial Events

Maxwell Air Force Base Airshow: From Legacy to Horizon
Dates: Saturday, April 08, 2017 - Sunday, April 09, 2017

To commemorate the centennial of the entry of the United States air service into World War One, Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL will host a two-day Centenary Airshow, featuring American and international aircraft and a special appearance of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds.  Learn more about the event at:
Maxwell Air Force Base

, AL


Category: Commemoration & Memorial Events

Alabama Historical Association Annual Meeting
Dates: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Alabama Historical Association's 70th Annual Meeting in Auburn will have several panels focusing on World War One and the Great War's Alabama connections.  Call for Papers: Alabama Historical Association Call for Papers
Contact: Dr. Ben H. Severance

Auburn, AL


Category: Conferences, Shows & Panels
May, 2017

Blue Star Salute Celebration
Dates: Saturday, May 20, 2017 06:00am - 03:00pm

Celebrate Armed Forces Day with a 5K Memorial Run and Walk at 7 am and the Blue Star Salute Celebration featuring music, presentations, and a keynote speaker. This year's event will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of WWI, with participation from the French government.  $2 Park entrance fee per car 
Contact: R. Glenn Nivens, LTC, US Army, Infantry (Retired)
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

Mobile, AL


Category: Commemoration & Memorial Events
August, 2017

Centennial Commemoration of the Departure of the 167th Alabama Regiment (Rainbow Division) to France
Dates: Monday, August 28, 2017 05:30pm

Join the Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts in celebrating the Centennial of the departure of Alabama's soldiers from Montgomery's Union Station. Festivities include dedicating The  Rainbow Division Soldier Statue at Union Station, Centennial celebrations, and a parade.  
Contact: Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts 334-263-2224
Union Station

Montgomery, AL


Category: Commemoration & Memorial Events
October, 2017

Dixie's Great War: World War I and the American South
Dates: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - Saturday, October 07, 2017

Thursday, October 5 5:00-7:00 Opening Reception   Thursday, October 6 8:30-4:15 Symposium 4:30 - 5:30 Closing Reception 7:00 Dinner at Chuck's Fish   Saturday, October 7 Departures 
Contact: John Giggie
Hotel Capstone

Tuscaloosa, AL


Category: Conferences, Shows & Panels

Alabama WWI Commission Logo


Amy Williamson 
(334) 353-4689 


  • Steve Murray, Director, Alabama Department of Archives and History
  • Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, Adjutant General, Alabama National Guard

Honorary Chairman

  • Nimrod T. Frazer, Montgomery 

U.S. Commission Liaison

  • Monique Seefried, Atlanta

Committee Members

  • Greg Akers, Montgomery

  • Leah Rawls Atkins, Birmingham

  • Jim Baggett, Birmingham

  • Mike Bailey, Gulf Shores

  • Donna Baker, Tuscaloosa

  • Randy Bartlett, Auburn

  • Ken Bedsole, Abbeville

  • David Black, Florence

  • Young Boozer, Montgomery

  • Borden Burr, Birmingham

  • Lt. Gen. Charles G. Cleveland, Montgomery 

  • Patrice Donnelly, Birmingham

  • Lydia R. Ellington-Joffray, Tuscaloosa

  • Stuart Foss, Birmingham

  • Gary Fuller, Opelika

  • Gen. Walter Givhan, Troy

  • Col. Joe Greene, Montgomery

  • Jan Gunter, Opelika

  • Laura Newland Hill, Auburn

  • Jeff Jakeman, Auburn

  • Gerald Johnson, Butler County

  • Tina Jones, Livingston

  • Mary Jones-Fitts, Faunsdale

  • Mortimer Jordan, Tuscaloosa

  • Jay Lamar, Montgomery

  • Ashley D. Ledbetter, Montgomery

  • Sebastian Lukasik, Montgomery

  • Clark Lundell, Auburn

  • Jo Screws McGowin, Montgomery

  • Shea McClean, Mobile

  • T.C. McLemore, Birmingham

  • Joel Mize, Tuscumbia

  • Darryn Moten, Montgomery

  • Graham Neeley, Montgomery

  • Glenn Nivens, Harpersville

  • Lt. Col. Larry Norred, Bessemer

  • Marty Olliff, Dothan

  • Michael Panhorst, Montgomery

  • Melvina Phillips, New Hope

  • Rob Riser, Livingston

  • John A. Screws, Birmingham

  • Betsy Simmons, Birmingham

  • Steve Trout, Mobile

  • Ruth Truss, Montevallo

  • David Tuck, Rockford

  • Ted Urquhart, Mary Esther, FL

  • Tom Walker, Montevallo

  • Johnny Waller, Montgomery

  • Mike Watson, Montgomery

  • Phil Williams, Gadsden

  • Mark Wilson, Auburn