DPL’s Lunch & Learn sessions present an educational talk/discussion about a subject in a casual environment. Bring your lunch (if you are so inclined) and we will provide beverages and dessert. All are invited to this free program.
These programs are designed with adults in mind; accompanied children with an interest in the subject matter are welcome but be aware that the content may be of a mature nature.
Lunch & Learn sessions take place in the Community Room and last from 12pm to 2pm on the date they occur. Dates are scheduled based on speaker availability.
The following sessions were scheduled to coincide with the 2017 Alabama Bicentennial celebration Exploring Our Places:
- June 28 (Wednesday) – “The Story of Decatur: From Pre-history to Present-Day” presented by David Breland, Director of Historic Resources for the City of Decatur
- June 30 (Friday) – “Backtracking: The History of the Railroad in Decatur” presented by David Breland
CLICK HERE to see the video Decatur: The Railroad City.
- July 13 (Thursday)—”Words From Removal: Cherokee Removal through Eyewitness Accounts” presented by Shannon Keith, President of the Alabama Trail of Tears Association
CLICK HERE to see the video about the Trail of Tears that Shannon shared with us.
- July 26 (Wednesday) – “Decatur’s History & Its Cemeteries,” presented by Phil Wirey
- August 8 (Tuesday) – “Successful Women of Old Town Decatur: The Best, Brightest and Well Connected” presented by Wylheme H. Ragland
- Miss Athelyne Celest Banks: educator, philanthropist, civic leader
- Grace Elvina Hinds Duggan Curzon: Marschioiness Curzon of Kedleston
- Abbie Robinson Schaudies: she and other women of Old Town would not leave their husbands, family, and community during the Decatur 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic
- Ada Garth Sykes: businesswoman, real estate holdings
- August 22 (Tuesday) – “19th Century Aldermen of Old Town Decatur, 1880 – 1892” presented by Wylheme H. Ragland
- Burrell W. Lemmons
- Matthew Hewlett Banks
- Charles Pearl Sykes: Alderman and later Justice of the Peace
- August 26 (Saturday) – “Celebrating Early Old Town with Art” presented by Frances Tate.
- September 9 (Saturday)- “The River Clay Festival” presented by Noel King, Mary Reed, and Beth Bachuss.
- Noel King – All About River Clay
- Mary Reed – What NOT to Say to a Visiting Artist
- Beth Bachuss – How to Talk Like an Art Critic
- September 20 (Wednesday)-“Mildred Nungester Wolfe and the Decatur Arts,” presented by Phil Wirey.
- The presentation will highlight the life, career, and art work of Mildred Nungester Wolfe and her impact on art in Decatur and the Southeast including her painting of Eudora Welty that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
CLICK HERE for the Lunch & Learn Book List.
2017 begins Alabama’s Bicentennial celebration by recognizing the 200th
anniversary of Alabama becoming a territory. The Alabama 200 Commission has designated this year’s theme as “Discovering Our Places.” With that in mind, the Bicentennial Editions of our Lunch & Learn series focuses on learning more about the history of our city.
To learn more about Alabama’s bicentennial celebration, click here.
For questions about DPL’s Lunch & Learn programs contact Rhonda or
Stephanie at (256) 353-2993 ext. 106.