DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY
PRESS RELEASE

Date/Time: Thursday, August 21, 2003 at 12:05 PM

Place: Milo B. Howard, Jr. Auditorium - Alabama Archives

Topic: “New Discoveries in Old St. Stephens”

Speakers: Jim Long and George Shorter

“New Discoveries in Old St. Stephens” will be presented by Jim Long and George Shorter at the ArchiTreats: Food For Thought program on Thursday, August 21st at 12:05 PM in the Alabama Department of Archives and History’s Milo B. Howard, Jr. Auditorium.

From its origins in the 1790s until its decline in the 1820s, Old St. Stephens in Washington County was a bustling center of trade, the site of Spanish and American forts, and the Alabama Territorial Capital. In 1988 the St. Stephens Historical Commission was created to preserve and promote the St. Stephens Historical Park, home to one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in Alabama.

In this joint presentation Jim Long, Director of the St. Stephens Historical Commission will give an overview of the history of St. Stephens including the Spanish occupation; the period of early settlement; and the period during which St. Stephens served as Alabama’s Territorial Capital. Jim Long is a seventh generation descendant of one of the first settlers, John McGrew, who arrived in St. Stephens in 1778. Long currently is pursuing a degree in history at the University of South Alabama.

George Shorter will present findings of recent archaeological investigations by the University of South Alabama, as well as a plat of the town as it was laid out in 1803. Shorter is an archaeologist and research associate with the University of South Alabama’s Center for Archaeological Studies and the principal investigator of the St. Stephens site. He holds a MA in Archaeology from Louisiana State University.

The noontime (12:05 PM) program is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures at the Alabama Archives, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.

For more information call (334) 242-4363, ext. 235.



Created: July 28, 2003
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Alabama Department of Archives & History
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