Upcoming Events


▼   Monthly Lecture Series

All archaeology talks are FREE and open to the public! Talks are geared toward adult general audiences. Like us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information regarding upcoming programs. 

September 2018

Spare Time, Leisure, and Recreation in Alabama 1890-1950, Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6pm

Join us on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 6pm for a guest lecture presentation by Frances Robb, social, cultural and photograph historian and museum consultant and Alabama Humanities Foundation Road Scholar.

Admission to the event is free.

October 2018

Lost Mobile: Free Public Talk by Tom McGehee, Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6pm

Mobile has been around for more than three centuries and has been built and rebuilt many times. The city is home to such enduring structures as Barton Academy and Government Street Presbyterian Church from the 1830’s and grand homes from the 1850’s including the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion and the Richards-DAR House.

What residents and visitors don’t see today are the countless structures which once adorned out streets but are now sadly missing. Some were lost to fire, but all too many were lost to something termed “progress.”

Images of these lost structures will be joined with their stories. Who built and designed them, and why are they lost to us now?

Tom McGehee
The presenter of Lost Mobile has been researching our city’s lost architectural heritage for more than 30 years. He has published his findings in The Azalea City News, The Harbinger and most recently in Mobile Bay Magazine where his column “Ask McGehee” has been a regular monthly feature for 15 years. His series Lost Mobile appears on NBC 15’ Gulf Coast Today on Thursdays at 12:30 PM.

He has been Museum director and Curator for Bellingrath Gardens and Home for 24 years and serves as president of the Friends of Magnolia Cemetery as well as the being the President Elect of the Rotary Club of Mobile.

▼   Family Programs and Other Special Events

September 2018

Archaeology After Hours: Museum Extended Hours with Guided Tours, Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 4pm-7pm

Can't make it to one of our weekend events or during the week during our regular operating hours? On Wednesday, September 12, 2018 we will be extending our hours to 7pm and offering 20-minute introductory guided tours of the Museum at 5pm and 6pm. You are also welcome to tour the museum at your leisure if one of these times does not fit with your schedule. Admission is free. We hope to see you there!

JUBILEE! Family Day, Saturday, September 22, 2018, 12:00pm-3:00pm

Please join us on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from noon-3pm for our JUBILEE! Family Day! This event will feature a read-aloud and book signing by author Karyn Tunks at 1:00pm, and families can join us before or after the read-aloud for fun craft activities!

The event is free and open to everyone, but please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing Candice at ccravins@southalabama.edu so that we can have enough craft supplies for all!

Karyn W. Tunks, PhD, is a professor of education at the University of South Alabama, where she teaches courses in early literacy and children’s literature. She celebrates her adopted home state of Alabama by writing picture books, including JUBILEE! (2012), USS ALABAMA: Hooray for the Mighty A! (2015), and Mardi Gras in Alabama! (2018). She lives in Fairhope with her family and three-legged cat, Sami.

October 2018

"In Search of Community" Exhibit Reception, Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6:00pm

Please join us on Wednesday, October 3 at 6pm for the opening reception for our new temporary photography exhibit, "In Search of Community." The exhibit features the photography of Byron Baldwin, Carolyn DeMeritt, Sheila Hagler, Rachel Smook, and Carrie Wagner.

In pursuing their talent for photographic essays, all of the artists whose work is exhibited here have collaborated on books with USA Writer in Residence Frye Gaillard. In every case, those books have explored the issue of community, the shared identity and search for common ground that are enduring themes in the great human story. Some of the communities pictured here are anchored in a specific place – an African village, a fishing town on the Alabama coast – while others share a common experience: the preservation of Native American identity, a semipro baseball league in the rural South, young people coming together in the aftermath of tragedy, demanding changes to reduce the threat of gun violence in America.

This exhibition, sponsored by the Archaeology Museum, was curated by Gaillard in cooperation with the photographers and the museum’s Assistant Director, Candice Cravins.

Admission to the event and museum is free of charge. Light refreshments will be available.

International Archaeology Day, Saturday, October 20, 2018, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Please join us at the USA Archaeology Museum on Saturday, October 20 from 12pm-4pm for a fun-filled afternoon of archaeology activities for all ages! Help us celebrate International Archaeology Day and participate in various craft activities, try your hand at native games and spear throwing, learn about forensic archaeology, tour the museum and native plant garden, and see flintknapping demonstrations!