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Letter to the Editor for Wed., Nov. 4, 2020

Dear Editor,

2020 has thrown many obstacles before us and is proving to be a year that we will not forget. With all the negative issues we have faced recently, I want to share a spot of positivity.

The following is a write up from Dana Vickrey. Dana is on the board of directors of the Atmore Historical Society. She worked tirelessly to obtain Atmore’s very own copy of the MAKING ALABAMA Bicentennial exhibit from the Alabama Humanities Foundation. This exhibit is now on display in the Watson Cabin in Heritage Park in Atmore.

“The Atmore Historical Society had the pleasure and privilege of hosting the MAKING ALABAMA Bicentennial exhibit at the Club in May of 2019. This was a traveling exhibit celebrating 200 years of history and statehood. I decided we should ask if we could be the permanent custodian for one of the five copies of the exhibit after the tour was complete. In early February, the Atmore Historical Society proudly accepted delivery of the exhibit and welcomed it to its permanent home at the Watson Cabin.”

The exhibit had a soft opening on Williams Station Day last weekend. Dana has done a remarkable job in getting this exhibit ready with the help of Joe Brown, Buck Powell and Hope and Shawn Lassiter. I encourage everyone to visit the exhibit. This is now a jewel in the Crown of Atmore. The donation of this exhibit is valued at $100,000 and now permanently belongs to Atmore. The effort involved in obtaining this exhibit is a credit to the Atmore Historical Society, Herb Hackman – president, and especially to Dana Vickrey. Visit the Atmore Welcome Center and Museum in the Peavy-Webb building in Heritage Park for access to the Watson Cabin and the exhibit.

Atmore now has multiple organizations that are working hard to make our town a place to want to live and work. The Atmore Historical Society, the Pride of Atmore, Main Street Atmore, the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce, the Atmore Historical Preservation Commission, the Atmore Community Foundation, and Smart Growth America are just some of the organizations that offer volunteers the ability to make Atmore a wonderful town full of history and opportunities.

Come volunteer and get involved in these and other civic organizations and clubs. Together we can make great things happen, come join us in this journey that is now before us. We are on the cusp of making major changes and improvements here in Atmore, come be a part of this progress. Get involved, volunteer, help your neighbor and those less fortunate than you, get out of your comfort zone, say hello to strangers, smile, shop local, and be proud to be from Atmore.

Sincerely,

Foster Kizer