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By exploring local history and initiating dialogue, the Mobile History Project 

seeks to connect and empower citizens to know more and do more in the community. 


to active citizenship by expanding knowledge and engagement 

to create resources which expand our perspective on the past

to explore the connections between the past and present so they may guide us toward a more enlightened, peaceful and prosperous future.


The more we understand about the past, the better we are able to reconcile perceived differences and move toward the future with unity and confidence.

With this in mind, the goals of the Mobile History Project are

to build unity and inspire progress,

to strengthen civic identity and a shared commitment to the city's future

by providing useful and relevant resources in local history

which increase awareness of

Mobile's unique role in the broader context of American history. 

The Mobile History Project encourages an historical perspective

which embraces both triumphs and failures,

a more inclusive and document-based perspective on Mobile's historical narrative. 


Realizing that no idea or event takes place in isolation, the Short Stories blog illuminates people and events which have been traditionally overlooked or under-represented, encourages empathy and understanding by exploring the motivation and causes of historical events, and identifies the patterns and actions which create community values.

Exploring not only what happened but why, the resources of the

Mobile History Project 

are intended to establish a more 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." 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.



and the Mobile Dialogue 

was created in the Belief that citizens who KNOW MORE, identify more closely with the community and its success,

because informed citizens DO MORE,

both in the community and for the community, 

The Mobile Dialogue seeks to



In other words,

knowledge leads to engagement

and engagement leads to commitment

and when citizens are committed to the community,

they share a responsibility

for making it the best it can be,

now and in the future. 

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