200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

On May 12, 2018, The Newbern Library will host a “Family Banners” workshop for community members. The workshop will combine artistic expression with genealogical research.

Artist Pinky Bass of Fairhope will lead the workshop and instruct participants on how to use an assortment of materials to construct personalized banners representative of family lineage, history, and stories. Bass recently displayed a 3D portrait of her own extended family at the Mobile Museum of Art, featuring a collection of family photos, mementoes, old books, and fabric. The workshop will offer opportunities for adults, students, and children to actively contribute, and participants will be encouraged to share their research and artwork with one another.

In the weeks prior to the workshop, the Newbern Library is offering its extensive genealogical resources to the public to allow participants to prepare the artifacts and components for their banners in advance. At the conclusion of the workshop, artists can take their banners home or elect to display them at the Newbern Library as part of the “Honoring Our People” bicentennial celebration. A community history event will follow, in which artists and their families can gather and discuss their artwork and genealogical discoveries.

For more information, visit the Newbern Library's Facebook page.