TUSCUMBIA – The city of Tuscumbia’s Bicentennial Commission will kick off its 2019 year-long celebration with a Bicentennial Speaker Series.

The series will begin Saturday, February 16 with a discussion and exhibit depicting the Tennessee River and North Alabama. Dr. Carolyn Barske Crawford, co-author with Brian Murphy of their recent release, The Tennessee River and Northwest Alabama, will speak at 10am at the Round House in Tuscumbia. Using images drawn from collections across the state of Alabama, the book examines a range of subjects. These include the Civil War, the construction of Wilson Dam and the nitrate facilities, the coming of TVA to the region, and the work of IFDC.

Dr. Barske Crawford is director of the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, and Murphy is curator at the Florence Indian Mound Museum. The two designed a special companion exhibit tracing the river’s history that was funded in part through a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation in conjunction with their book.

That companion exhibit will be on display in the Round House from 10am-2pm.

The traveling exhibit is available free to libraries, schools, museums, and other public spaces across the six counties of the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area (Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Morgan). There are also resources about the river available for teachers on the MSNHA website - http://msnha.una.edu/education/.

Books will be available for purchase during Dr. Barske Crawford’s talk Saturday morning. All proceeds from the sale of the book will support MSNHA projects to preserve, protect, and interpret our natural, cultural, and historical resources in northwest Alabama.