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Joe Fiore – Model Railroad Collector

Joe Fiore’s Southern Keystone Railroad is one of the largest model railroad collections in the world. Other collections this large have been built by groups of collectors but all of the work here was done by Joe over a long period of time. He is a retired pharmacist from Birmingham, Alabama and his collection began… Read more »

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Kerry Kennedy of Fire Horse Pottery

Her beautiful pottery reproduces the styles of medieval and renaissance times. Kerry Kennedy is an artist in residence at the Kentuck Art Center in Northport, Alabama and her studio operates under the name Fire Horse Pottery. Kerry and her husband participate in the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating… Read more »

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Cecil Williams, the Peanut Man

Cecil Williams operated A-1 Sharpening Service in Tuscaloosa for many years before he decided to give some roasted peanuts to his customers as a gift. Folks liked the nuts so much they asked if they could buy some more. That led to Cecil’s second business, The Nut Shop.

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"Boom Town" Chronicles Childersburg, AL WWII Growth

By all indications, Childersburg is, and always has been, a quiet little town. But that is not the case. During the 1940s Childersburg experienced explosive growth when the US Army decided to locate an ammunition plant there. Thousands of people from across the nation came to work on the massive construction project spreading over 13,500 acres.

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    A National Historic Landmark, Gaineswood was built by Nathan Bryan Whitfield. A cotton planter and Renaissance man of his time, Whitfield moved from North Carolina to Marengo County in 1834. The house and grounds are currently operated by the Alabama Historical Commission as a historic house museum. Today visitors can tour the Greek Revival structure… Read more »

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    The Coon Dog Cemetery in Colbert County, AL

    The Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard is located in Colbert County in northwest Alabama. The location had been a hunting camp for coon hunters before Key Underwood buried his beloved dog Troop there in 1937. Other hunters started doing the same when their favorite coon dogs died. Today more than 185 coon dogs from… Read more »

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    1996 Documentary Tells Amazing Story of Kudzu

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    The 12th Alabama CBG Festival

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    Afterhours: Live from the Red Cat Birmingham

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    The Box Collects Stories for Smithsonian Exhibit

    The University of Alabama Center for Public Television is collecting stories from local athletes and sports fans in cities across Alabama for a traveling Smithsonian exhibition. Participants share their stories in a recording booth known as The Box. “It’s similar to a photo booth, and is equipped with high-tech video and sound recorders and offers… Read more »