Alabama and the Great War: A Symposium on World War I
July 25-26, 2008 at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, and Troy University - Montgomery campus

November 11, 2008, will mark the 90th anniversary of the armistice that ended the world's first truly industrialized war. Teachers and the general public are invited to Montgomery to attend Alabama and the Great War: A Symposium on World War I. Teacher workshops will be held Friday, July 25, and a conference for the general public will take place on Saturday, July 26. A special birthday celebration on Friday evening will be open to all symposium participants.

America's active participation in World War I lasted only nineteen months, from April 1917 until November 1918, but Alabama certainly felt its impact. The Friday program for teachers will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. It will feature workshops based on the Alabama Course of Study and designed to help educators teach about the war. Teachers will also tour World War I sites in Montgomery, view a screening of the movie Company K (based on the novel by Alabamian and veteran William March), and hear a keynote address by Dr. James Meredith on the literature of the war. 

Friday evening will feature a reception and birthday celebration for Zelda Fitzgerald at the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, 919 Felder Avenue, Montgomery.  Scott's wartime assignment to a Montgomery base led to the couple's marriage and subsequent rise to prominence in Jazz Age society. This event is open to teachers attending the Friday workshops and members of the general public registered for the Saturday symposium.

The public is invited to gather at the Montgomery campus of Troy University for Saturday's general conference featuring a variety of sessions on the war, a screening of Company K, and a bus tour of war-related sites in Montgomery. Many of the scheduled speakers are contributors to a forthcoming book on the war from the University of Alabama Press: The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama During World War I, edited by Martin T. Olliff of Troy University, Dothan campus.

The cost for teachers is $25 for Friday or $35 for both days. The general public may attend the Fitzgerald reception and Saturday programs for $30. For more information and to register, visit This event is co-sponsored by Troy University, Alabama State University, the Alabama Department of Archives and History, and the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. The project is supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Created: June 30, 2008
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435