Historians to meet at Blakeley Saturday

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BLAKELEY -- The Alabama Historical Association will hold its annual fall pilgrimage at Historic Blakeley State Park on Saturday, Oct. 2. Founded in 1947, the Alabama Historical Association is the oldest statewide historical society in Alabama and welcomes anyone who has an interest in the state's history. The meeting will feature a guided walking tour and boat tour, as well as a roundtable discussion on “Mobile During the Civil War” with historians Michael Bailey, Paul Brueske, John S. Sledge and Paula Lenor Webb. Historic Blakeley State Park north of Spanish Fort on Alabama 225, is on the site of the largest land battle in Alabama. The Battle of Blakeley on April 9, 1865 was also one of the last engagements of the war. The park’s 2,000 acres also includes some of the most biodiverse habitat in North America and contains the sites of the important early Alabama town of Blakeley, and Native American settlements dating back thousands of years. Attendees can register for the event by Sept. 22 online at www.alabamahistory.net. Membership in the AHA is encouraged but not required to attend. Anyone wanting more information on the event can contact the Alabama Historical Association at alabamahistory@gmail.com.