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Join the Alabama Department of Archives and History on June 19 to celebrate beloved storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham’s 90th birthday. Starting at 10:00, visitors can view “Kathryn: The Story of a Teller,” a documentary film by Norton Dill. At Noon audience members will enjoy tea cakes and lemonade, while Kathryn Tucker Windham shares highlights from her recently reissued book, Alabama, One Big Front Porch. Mrs. Windham will sign books after her talk, with books available for purchase from NewSouth Books.
Cover of Kathryn Tucker Windham's book Alabama, One Big Front Porch
“Alabama is like one big front porch where folks gather on summer nights to tell tales and to talk family,” Mrs. Windham has said. Born and raised in Thomasville, Alabama, she has lived in Selma for 53 years. She began her writing career as one of the first women daily newspaper reporters in Alabama. One of America’s best-loved storytellers, she has written more than two dozen successful books, including seven collections of “Jeffrey” ghost stories. She has also written, produced, and acted in a one-woman play, narrated several television documentaries, and is one of the most popular performers at national storytelling festivals. National and international journalists visiting Alabama regularly search out Mrs. Windham for interviews and she has been a featured commentator on National Public Radio and Alabama Public Radio. Her most recent books, Ernest’s Gift and Jeffrey’s Favorite 13 Ghost Stories, were released by NewSouth Books in 2004.
This ArchiTreats presentation is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures presented by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information call (334) 353-4712 or go to www.archives.alabama.gov.
Updated: June 4, 2008
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435