Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

When Lesli Johnson was in school, she hated history. But for over 10 years, she has been teaching history to others, just in a different way. Read more


Recently I asked my 9-year-old daughter what she wants to be when she grows up. She eagerly replied, “I want to be awesome and make history!” Read more

Kari Kampakis

Bobby Joe Seales

Photo by Sydney Cromwell.

Shelby County Museum and Archives director Bobby Joe Seales is retiring after 16 years. Read more


Bobby Joe Seales

Sydney Cromwell

Shelby County Museum and Archives Director Bobby Joe Seales talks about his 16 years at the museum and the upcoming retirement ceremony. Read more


The Cahawba Chapter of DAR invited Ethan Vice from former U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus and current U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer’s office to speak to the sixth-grade students at Liberty Park Middle School. Read more

Liberty Park Schools

The sixth grade students at Liberty Park Middle School recently participated in a flash mob of the once popular dance The Charleston. Read more

Liberty Park Schools

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Photo courtesy of Tim Hollis.

A look at 280’s past for area travelers. Read more


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Photo by Jessa Pease.

Someone unexpected addressed the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce in July — Martha Washington. Read more


0614 Jill Wallace

Photo courtesy of Jason Gaston.

Spain Park High School teacher Jill Wallace has been selected as one of fourteen educators from across the United States to participate in a unique field study of South Korean geopolitics, culture and history during June 24-July 2. Read more


Learning came to life during the Living Museum at Forest Oaks Elementary. Read more

Private Schools

Clara Dunaway HIstory of Shelby County

Photo courtesy of Carrie Sue Hinds.

Change to the rural society came slowly as poor road conditions made the automobile impractical. Therefore, the Victorian influence lingered longer in the lives of early 20th century Shelby County women, as was the case with Clara Dunaway. Read more

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Greystone museum Apollo 13

Photo by Jeff Thompson.

For Steve Dichiara, part of the fun of collecting is the hunt, and what he ultimately sees for his collection is a museum where not only does every item have historical significance but also a specific story. Read more


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Photo courtesy of Nancy Perdue Boone.

Today Heardmont, or as it’s officially named, The Park at Heardmont Farm, welcomes kids playing in its ball fields. But longtime residents may remember the park was once Heardmont Farm. Read more

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