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Posted on: January 19, 2017

Road Scholar To Speak In Gulf Shores On “Spare Time, Leisure, And Recreation In Alabama”

Alabama Humanities Foundation

Frances Robb, a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, will present “Spare Time, Leisure, and Recreation in Alabama 1890-1950” on Wednesday, January 25, at 10:00 a.m., at Gulf Shores Museum. Between 1890 and 1950, Alabama saw profound cultural change. By 1890, as the work week shortened for office and factory workers, the idea that the “good life” included time for hobbies, leisure and recreation emerged across America. This presentation explores traditional spare-time activities between 1890 and 1950 and introduces emerging leisure activities. Presented by Frances Robb, social, cultural and photograph historian and museum consultant who works on research and exhibition projects across the state. Robb has presented scores of public programs on historic and family photographs, and on Alabama's people and lifeways. She recently completed a book on the history of photography in Alabama, 1839-1941, and a checklist of Alabama photographers--both are now under review by the University of Alabama Press.

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