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One of America’s favorite newspaper columnists will return to her Montgomery roots for the next ArchiTreats: Food for Thought program. Join us on Thursday, March 15, at 12 noon at the Alabama Department of Archives and History when Rheta Grimsley Johnson presents “The South Did This to Me.” Johnson’s presentation will recount her travels in both her native South and the rest of the country during a span of 30 years in the newspaper business. She will discuss her favorite writers, places and special stories along the way.
A native of Colquitt, Georgia, Rheta Grimsley Johnson grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, studied journalism at Auburn University and has lived and worked in the South all of her career. Johnson’s syndicated column currently appears in about 70 newspapers nationwide. In reporting for United Press International, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and a number of other regional newspapers, Johnson has won numerous national awards including the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award (1983), the Headliners Award (1985), and the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award (1982). In 1986, Johnson was inducted into the Scripps- Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame. She is the author of several books, including America’s Faces and Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz.
This presentation 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) 353-4712.
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Updated: February 23, 2007
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435