History Outreach Program for Educators (HOPE)
Education Resources Search
This is a prototype for a list of Teacher Resources about the local history of Huntsville and Madison County developed for the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society.
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- Resources on The Civil War in Madison County
- Resources on Early Statehood in Huntsville
- Resources on Historic Homes of Madison County
- Resources on Women's History in Madison County
- Resources on African-American History in Madison County
- Resources on Native American History in Madison County
Tours, Games, Audio, & Activities
- Olde Towne Brass - Huntsville's Olde Towne Brass performs in the manner of Early American and Civil War bands, playing original Civil War Music on actual Civil War Over-The-Shoulder (OTS) Brass Horns.
- Tour Historic Downtown Huntsville with The Huntsville History Tour.
- Explore the Huntsville Public Square and Big Spring in 1823 as depicted by Sarah Huff Fisk.
- Discover the stories behind the "Historic Markers of Madison County"
- Glimpses of Old Huntsville - A series of brief audio recordings by Nancy Rohr, a local historian, author and storyteller whose familiar voice tells stories about life in early Huntsville, the residents of historic homes and local heroines of the Civil War.
- Looking Back: How Well Do You Know Huntsville? - A series of short quizzes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
- HMCPL Speakers Bureau - A service of the the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library.
This needs to be developed.
Books Available on PDF
- A History of Early Settlement: Madison County Before Statehood, 1808-1819, published by the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society, 2008
- A History of Madison County and Incidentally of North Alabama 1732-1940 by Judge Thomas Jones Taylor, Edited with an Introduction by W. Stanley Hoole and Addie S. Hoole, 1976
- A Walk Through Downtown HUNTSVILLE: Then and Now by Fred B. Simpson, 2002
- An Alabama School Girl in Paris, 1842-1844 by Nancy M. Rohr, 2001
- Changing Huntsville 1890-1899 by Elizabeth Humes Chapman, 1989 (originally written in 1932)
- Early History of Huntsville, Alabama by Edward Chambers Betts, 1916
- Echos of The Past: Old Mahogany Table Stories by Nancy M. Rohr, 2010
- Historical Markers of Madison County, Alabama by Frank Alex Luttrell, III, Editor, 2001
- Incidents of the War: The Civil War Journal of Mary Jane Chadick by Nancy M. Rohr, 2005
- Maple Hill Cemetery, Phase One by Diane Robey, Dorothy Scott Johnson, John Rison Jones, Jr., & Frances C. Roberts (Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society), 1995
- Northern Dollars for Huntsville Spindles by Patricia H. Ryan, originally published by the Huntsville Planning Department, 1983
- People of Color in Madison County, Alabama by Nancy Rohr, 2015
- The Huntsville Parker Historical Edition 1900-1955 edited by Sarah Huff Fisk, 1955
- The People Who Lived On The Land That Is Now Called Redstone Arsenal by Beverly S. Curry, 2005
- Why Is It Named That? by Dex Nilsson, 2005
- Huntsville History Videos
- Huntsville, AL Sesquicentennial 1955
- "The Tornado of '89" - WHNT 19 Special on Huntsville, AL F4 Tornado
- Inside Huntsville With Brenda Martin
- Did You Know With Brenda Martin
- Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, AL
- Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll 2014 Highlights
- Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll 2013 Highlights
- Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll Map
- Huntsville Historical Review - Read about Huntsville's History in this publication of the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society.
- Historic Huntsville Quarterly - Read articles about Huntsville's Historic Buildings in this publication of the Historic Huntsville Foundation.
- Find Place - A database of information on Huntsville's Historic homes and structures in Twickenham, Old Town, Five Points, Marshall Space Flight Center and Other Locations. Over 1900 places can be accessed via the Find Place list or from a variety of maps. Each place has a gallery of current and/or historic pictures, as well as drawings, audio recording and other related information such as architectural style, approximate date of construction, etc.
- Find People - Information about people, past & present, who have shaped Huntsville and the World.
- The Southpaw Postcard Collection - A collection of about 500 Huntsville and Madision County postcards provided by George (Buzz) & Peg Heeschen.
- Vintage Vignettes - A series of short stories by John about the people and history of Madison and Madison County, originally published in The Huntsville Times.
- AL.com Vintage - Links to AL.com stories of historical interest.
Local Museums & Historical Sites
- Harrison Brothers Hardware - "Harrison Brothers, located on South Side Square in Huntsville, is the oldest operating hardware store in Alabama. Founded in 1879 by brothers James and Daniel Harrison as a tobacco store on Jefferson Street, the business was moved to its present location in 1897." It is maintained by the Historic Huntsville Foundation.
- Weeden House Museum - "The Weeden House Museum, located at 300 Gates Avenue, Huntsville, Alabama is home to the artwork of Maria Howard Weeden and currently houses many of her works in the museum collection." It "is now owned by the City of Huntsville and is leased by the Twickenham Historic Preservation District Association and maintained as a 19th Century house museum."
- Burritt on the Mountain - This museum located on Monte Santo includes Dr. William Henry Burritt's eclectic mansion and a historic park with restored 19th century houses. The old church is the venue for a variety of concerts, plays and exhibits.
- Alabama Constitution Village - "Forty-four delegates of the constitutional convention gathered here in a vacant cabinet shop on July 5, 1819, to organize Alabama as the 22nd state. John Boardman's print shop, Clement Comer Clay's law office, the Federal Land Surveyor's office, a post office and sheriff Stephen Neal's residence surround that cabinet shop."
- Huntsville Depot & Museum - "Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Depot served as the local passenger house & the corporate offices for the eastern division of the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. An active passenger station until 1968, the original depot building now stands as a symbol of Huntsville's transportation history and city growth."
- North Alabama Railroad Museum - The center piece of this museum with over 30 railroad cars is the Chase Depot, the smallest union depot in the country since it served more than one railroad when in service. If you visit the museum on a day when the train is running, you can ride a vintage train over the museum's own Mercury & Chase Railroad.
- Earlyworks Children's History Museum - "The South's largest hands-on history museum" provides a number of history-related activities for children.
- U.S. Space & Rocket Center - "Home to Space Camp, Aviation Challenge and X-Camp; The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is recognized as one of the most comprehensive U.S. manned space flight hardware museums in the world."