Archives Exhibit for UNA Homecoming

We are celebrating UNA’s Homecoming with an exhibit displaying some of the best memorabilia from the University’s history. Visit our archives exhibit on Saturday, October 7th from noon -2pm and take a walk down memory lane. We’ll even let you take a picture with the mascot heads.

Free dessert available.

Built for the People: Cultural Productions of the TVA

Dr. Ted Atkinson, Associate Professor of English at Mississippi State University, will visit FLPL to present “Built for the People”: Cultural Productions of the TVA.

In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote to Congress to recommend legislation to create the Tennessee Valley Authority. FDR pointed to rehabilitation of the industrial plant and supporting infrastructure constructed in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in 1918, as elements of a vision for the Tennessee River that “transcends mere power development” to benefit the region and the nation. “It touches and gives life to all human concerns,” he said, referring to the ambitious plan for programs ranging from flood control to hydroelectric power to soil conservation. Such visionary thinking required imagination so that people could see what the future might hold. While architects and engineers drew up the blueprints and oversaw construction of the massive infrastructure, the TVA enlisted and inspired work by writers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, and theater companies who lent artistic expression to the agency’s monumental designs. These cultural productions comprise a neglected arena of “TVA modernism” that is helpful for rethinking relations between the region and the nation in the 1930s and for better understanding the role of state-sponsored culture in the New Deal.

This program is sponsored by Florence-Lauderdale Public Library and the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area.

Cover photo image credit: https://www.tva.com/About-TVA/Our-History/The-1930s

History Harvest at FLPL

Bring your artifacts that relate to African American history in Florence! Letters, diaries, photos, bibles, etc. to be digitized at this event. Bring anything that helps to tell a story!

W.C. Handy Music Festival

A week long tribute to the “Father of the Blues”, W.C. Handy. Great Jazz and Blues music can be heard throughout the Shoals at restaurants, theatres, malls, parks and other locations. The week will include over 100 events perfect for the jazz and blues enthusiast as well as great family entertainment.

W.C. Handy Music Festival

A week long tribute to the “Father of the Blues”, W.C. Handy. Great Jazz and Blues music can be heard throughout the Shoals at restaurants, theatres, malls, parks and other locations. The week will include over 100 events perfect for the jazz and blues enthusiast as well as great family entertainment.

W.C. Handy Music Festival

A week long tribute to the “Father of the Blues”, W.C. Handy. Great Jazz and Blues music can be heard throughout the Shoals at restaurants, theatres, malls, parks and other locations. The week will include over 100 events perfect for the jazz and blues enthusiast as well as great family entertainment.

W.C. Handy Music Festival

A week long tribute to the “Father of the Blues”, W.C. Handy. Great Jazz and Blues music can be heard throughout the Shoals at restaurants, theatres, malls, parks and other locations. The week will include over 100 events perfect for the jazz and blues enthusiast as well as great family entertainment.

W.C. Handy Music Festival

A week long tribute to the “Father of the Blues”, W.C. Handy. Great Jazz and Blues music can be heard throughout the Shoals at restaurants, theatres, malls, parks and other locations. The week will include over 100 events perfect for the jazz and blues enthusiast as well as great family entertainment.

W.C. Handy Music Festival

A week long tribute to the “Father of the Blues”, W.C. Handy. Great Jazz and Blues music can be heard throughout the Shoals at restaurants, theatres, malls, parks and other locations. The week will include over 100 events perfect for the jazz and blues enthusiast as well as great family entertainment.

W.C. Handy Music Festival

A week long tribute to the “Father of the Blues”, W.C. Handy. Great Jazz and Blues music can be heard throughout the Shoals at restaurants, theatres, malls, parks and other locations. The week will include over 100 events perfect for the jazz and blues enthusiast as well as great family entertainment.