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Adult Brown Bag Lecture Series Winter 2016 “Take Me Back In Time”

Wednesday, January 13—Buddy Simpkins and Friends “The Best of Jazz and More” Once again, retired Sylacauga High School Band Director, Buddy Simpkins, has gathered a “who’s who” of musicians to join him in playing for the enjoyment of the Comer Library brown bag audience. Drawing on songs from musical history, the group will play their […]

Brown Bag Fall 2015 “Looking Forward to the Past”

Wednesday, September 16—Elnora Spencer “Best of the ‘Jazzy Blues’ and More” Award –winning singer, Elnora Spencer, will open the Comer Library’s SouthFirst Bank Lecture Series accompanied by piano, bass and drums. Elnora calls her style the ‘jazzy blues’ and her repertoire of songs—gospel, jazz and R&B—will feature favorite oldies from several eras. Music in Elnora’s […]

Brown Bag Winter 2015 “Turn Back Time”

Wednesday, January 14, 2015—Buddy Simpkins and Friends “Best of Jazz and More” Buddy, who will play the drums, will be joined by bassist, Jeff Drew, and Bo Berry—the talented trumpeter from Birmingham who played with “Jam Sessions on the Avenue” from 1947 to 1963. Berry’s track record includes playing with Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, the […]

Brown Bag Lecture Series Fall 2014 “Lest We Forget”

Chris Phillips: Bad Boys: Good Songs: Up and Down Lives and Crowd Anointed Songs” The iconic “bad boys” of country, pop, and rock music sing about loving the wrong women, bucking the system, fighting for their country, adoring their families, and representing the uneducated and poor. Their names are household words and millions are drawn […]

The Way It Used To Be Brown Bag Lecture Series Winter 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Steven P. Brown“John McKinley and the Antebellum Supreme Court: The Circuit Riding Judge” Steven Brown’s program will portray native Kentuckian, John McKinley—a lawyer and land speculator who came to Alabama in 1819—as a leader in the financial, legal and political circles of his day. After three terms in the state legislature, […]

Old Times Are Not Fogotten Brown Bag Fall Series 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Martin T. (Marty) Olliff“The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama During World War I” The United States participated militarily in World War I (1914-1918) for only nineteen months—hardly enough time to effect the long lasting changes that war can make on a society. Much has been written about how […]

Prime Time History Brown Bag Winter Series 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 – Kathryn Braund “Creek Indian Women in Time of War” Historians of the Creek War traditionally focus on battles and commanders and rarely, if ever, consider the impact of war on women and children. And yet the Creek civil war resulted in an invasion of a populous region which destroyed not […]

Moments In Time Brown Bag Lecture Series Fall 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 – Harvey H. (Hardy) Jackson “The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera” Between Gulf Shores, Alabama and the Flora-Bama bar on the Florida line is the region sometimes called the Redneck Riviera.  Once populated by roadhouses and seafood joints, this storied strip now boasts upscale condominiums and gated communities with […]

SouthFirst Bank Winter/2012 Winter Lecture Series Another Place-Another Time

Wednesday, January 18, 2012-Jerry E. Brown: “Alabama’s Mitcham Wars” n the 1890s, a bloody episode in Clarke County left 10 people dead!  The tensions between backcountry farmers who borrowed money to put in their cotton crops and merchant-lenders who took advantage of the crop-lien system erupted into “the Mitcham War.”  The conflict—a gang of local […]

Memories Are Made Of This – Fall 2011

SouthFirst Bank Lecture Series/Fall 2011 Memories Are Made Of This Stories that Enrich Our Lives Refreshments 11:00 am – Program 12:00 noon Harry I. Brown Auditorium Wednesday, September 14, 2011 – Wayne Flynt “Memories and Memoir” Rick Bragg characterizes Dr. Wayne Flynt’s just-off-the-press historical memoir – Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives – as […]


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