Local Heritage Month celebration highlighting local events and activities
HUNTSVILLE – Tomorrow, the Huntsville / Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) kicks off Huntsville History Month, the fourth year of the community campaign that celebrates the area’s rich historical heritage throughout October . The focal point of the initiative is the month-long calendar of events – a one-stop-shop for those who wish to turn back time.
This year’s History Month format will also include four specially themed weeks that will highlight specific pillars of the city’s history.
Judy Ryals, CVB President / CEO, said, “Huntsville is a destination that celebrates our rich past, while looking to the future and laying the groundwork for a better tomorrow. Our community’s history is woven into the fabric of our attractions, architecture, outdoor spaces and beyond, making Rocket City a must-see destination for those wishing to experience both history and history. to become.
October 4-8: Space
Huntsville is set to make history again as NASA returns to the moon – a milestone in human achievement as Artemis I launches the first woman and the first person of color onto the lunar surface. Coinciding with World Space Week, the first week of History Month will highlight Huntsville’s connection to space missions yesterday, today and in the future – and why we are called the ” Rocket city ”.
October 11-15: Outdoor
From Monte Sano State Park to the historic trails and green spaces of the Land Trust of North Alabama, Huntsville’s outdoor spaces have many stories to tell. Hear stories of coal mining, stray goats, electrification, and even a Civil War skirmish with Burritt on the Historic Mountain Hike Day on October 16.
October 18-22: Huntsville Visionaries
The Huntsville we know today is the result of the strategic foresight of key visionaries of the past – those who dreamed big and worked to make those dreams come true. Join the Huntsville Historical Foundation on October 24 for a special historic dedication at William Hooper Council Memorial Park, recognizing Huntsville’s first black suffragettes.
October 25-29: Art
Although Huntsville is known for its strong STEM community, we are also home to a thriving arts and culture scene. Highlights this week include Huntsville Arts Week, coordinated by Arts Huntsville, which includes half-price admission to the Huntsville Art Museum on October 23-24 and other activities.
After many events traditionally included in Huntsville History Month have been put on hold for 2020, several community must-sees are returning this fall. Ghost Walks in Huntsville run through October, as well as the Rocket City Rover Boos Cruise, a guided tour of lived history in a pedal-powered pub.
Digital and outdoor activities, such as the Digital Huntsville History Tour, Rocket City Civil Rights Driving Tour, a variety of scavenger hunts, and free guided tours of the Historic District through the neighborhoods of Five Points and the old town offer a variety of ways to explore the past.
In addition to special events, the CVB encourages visitors and residents to explore the region’s many historic attractions, many of which offer unique seasonal programming related to the historic goal of the campaign.
The Huntsville / Madison County CVB will also share Huntsville’s history on the digital screen, inviting the public to share their favorite historic places and little-known historical facts on social media using the hashtag #HistoryHsv.
For more information, visit huntsville.org/HistoryMonth or contact Kristen Pepper, Director of Marketing at Huntsville / Madison County CVB, at 256.551.2294 or email [email protected]