Huntsville doesn’t just have space – it has history, as well. That history will be celebrated throughout the entire month of October as part of Huntsville History Month, a new campaign spearheaded by the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). Through this initiative, the CVB has curated a digital, month-long calendar of events that focus on Huntsville’s heritage and/or take place in historically significant venues and museums.
The campaign has received endorsement from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission as an official ALABAMA200 event. The City of Huntsville extended their support as well, with Mayor Tommy Battle officially designating October as “Huntsville History Month.”
“The past is a prologue. It helps us to understand our roots and connections and breathes life and meaning into our identities. By recognizing Huntsville History Month, and celebrating our heritage, we’re better able to guide our community into the future,” said Mayor Battle.
The CVB aims to target the heritage tourism market and attract visitors interested in Huntsville’s cultural and history offerings. A market research study revealed that museums and history-related points of interest were among the top reasons that visitors travel.
“Whether it’s Huntsville’s unique history as the birthplace of the U.S. space program, our stunning historic neighborhoods, or our variety of museums that bring visitors to our area, we know that people come to Huntsville in part because they are fascinated by our city’s heritage,” said Judy Ryals, President/CEO of the CVB.
Many of the events included in Huntsville History Month are annual community favorites. These include the Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll and Huntsville Ghost Walks. Plus the CVB’s own guided walking tours in the Five Points and Old Town historic districts.
Although many of the events are returning, several new activities have been announced as part of History Month, including a guided photowalk through the Twickenham historic district, extended dates for the EarlyWorks Breakfast Trolley Tour, guided tours of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment every Saturday in October, history hikes with the Land Trust of North Alabama, and more.
Just in time for History Month, the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society will also debut the new Historic Marker Challenge, which will encourage residents and visitors to learn more about Huntsville’s history by visiting set ‘trails’ of local historic markers. The first two trails, located in downtown Huntsville, are completed along with smartphone apps and downloadable trail maps. They guide participants from marker to marker, provide additional historical background information, and track their progress.
Straight to Ale, InnerSpace, and Green Bus Brewing all creating special beers as part of the campaign. There will be g a Pub Ale from Straight to Ale. Green Bus is giving a not to Huntsville’s original name with their “Twickenham London Porter.”
We invite everyone to share their favorite historical places and little-known historical facts on social media using the hashtag #HistoryHsv. The CVB will be choosing winners every Monday for special prizes based on the creativity of submissions.