The mission of the Mobile History Project is to engage the public in local history by providing accessible, inclusive and compelling educational resources as well as a platform for community dialogue and participation. 

Learning all we can about our authentic heritage and culture, embracing both triumphs and failures of the past, enhances the stability and well-being of the entire community, provides us with a coherent link from the past to the present and a clearer, more unified path to the future.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

invites us to "share a place that helps tell a little-known or underrepresented piece of the American story."

The was created to serve this purpose. Seeking to explore little-known pieces of the past so that, from this mosaic of diverse cultures and people, emerges a more authentic picture of the unique heritage we all share. 

Every piece matters, especially yours. 

Explore and contribute. 


of Mobile, Alabama 


As we kick off the Mobile History Project this year in 2021, we have a unique opportunity to engage students preparing for National History Day. Many local students in grades 6 - 12 participate in this year-long academic program, focused on creative interpretations of historical research. In keeping with the mission of the Mobile History Project, each year's National History Day theme encourages students to apply their understanding of the past to issues that are relevant today and for the future.  The National History Day 2021-2022 theme is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. 

With teachers and students in mind, "Debate and Diplomacy" will be a recurrent theme, tagged for National and Alabama State History Days and look out this fall for the planning of 
"Mobile History and Heritage Week,"
a week of activities intended to spotlight the city's cultural diversity and shared traditions, connecting the community to our heritage and to one another while supporting local culture.


The Alabama Humanities Alliance has also working to explore connections between democracy and informed citizenry with initiatives like "Humanities and the Future of Journalism in Rural Alabama"  which will be available to the public in a live broadcast on August 21st.
Read more here: DEMOCRACY and the INFORMED CITIZEN

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Levert House before the Civil War, Government Street, Mobile

from Glimpses of Old Mobile, a book of sketches by Marian Acker, 1955. 

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A city prospers when citizens share a sense of ownership and responsibility for its future, when their important role in its development is recognized and validated. 

Created and curated by Ann Jurgens-Pond, PhD
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