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Alabama Bicentennial Speaker – Jim Phillips Tallassee City Hall 4:00-6:00pm

November 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This presentation is titled “Alabama…the Formative Years.”.  It takes a look at the immediate years leading up to and after Alabama’s entry into statehood in 1819.  We examine some of the early paths that became crude roads leading the first settlers into the central Alabama regions.  I review the dangers of these travels as well as old ghostly pioneer villages and homesteads, early steamboat and stagecoach travel, early Indian conflict, lost and found (some still lost) antebellum Alabama treasures, the old folk and proprietary medicines and cures of that era, etc. I have produced such past history videos as “History of Jefferson County”, “History of St. Clair County”, “History of Tannehill Iron Furnace”, “History of Southern Aviation”, “Blount County – Then and Now”, and others.  These were produced for local, state, and federal government agencies. My video company (1983 – 2008) produced many corporate marketing and training videos and over 500 TV commercials.  Early commercials involved Fannie Flagg and Jim Nabors.  I started getting requests to do public history presentations and have performed over 800 of these in the past several years for libraries (around 80 Alabama libraries), historical societies, civic clubs, colleges, church seniors clubs, and retirement communities .Some presentations have been in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia.  I have a MA (educational media) from UAB, graduate work in film at San Diego State, and a BA (broadcast communications) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  My brother is Doug Phillips who produces and stars in the award winning Alabama Public television production “Discovering Alabama with Dr. Doug Phillips.  It’s produced out of the Museum of Natural History at the University of Alabama.  He’s the naturalist…I’m the historian.  I am constantly researching “lost” places in Alabama’s 1800s history, video documenting these places, and telling of their amazing histories on my public speaking ventures.  Remember, I love old (pre 1920) bottles and always encourage those with such bottles to try to bring a few for my examination when my talk is over.  I’ve been honored to have many attendees of my history talks say they’re the most entertaining they’ve ever attended.



November 14, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm