Thursday, June 16, 2011
off the beaten path
Today we went further south on 85 into Montgomery, Alabama which led me officially off the beaten path – I’ve never been to this state before and all of the rest of the states on this trip will be new until we start heading home. We had a very easy drive from Atlanta to Montgomery save some spots of rain and got to the archive easily. The clerk at the registration desk told me excitedly that this was the first library in the state of Alabama to begin collecting archival materials and that the national archives in DC were modeled after it. We also entered central time today so it feels like we got an hour for free. Unfortunately, the archives today were somewhat of a bust and I didn’t really find much in the way of material for my dissertation. On the up side, some free hours meant that we went to the Mooseum (run by the Alabama Cattleman’s Association) which was entertaining and visited the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church which was very interesting to see. In the meantime, I’ve made plans for our min-weekend-beach-vacation which starts tomorrow as we head south on 65 to Mobile. White sand beaches of Alabama, here we come!