MCCPL Celebrates Montgomery County’s 200th Birthday!!




Montgomery City-County Public Library

Bicentennial Plans for Montgomery County


Bertha Pleasant Williams Library

One on One Genealogy Sessions

Every Friday @ 10:30-11:15 a.m. and 2:30-3:15 p.m.

December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Find out how long your family has been in Montgomery, what they’ve done, who they were. In honor of the bicentennial, we’re offering one-on-one genealogy sessions. These are beginning courses for those venturing in to digital research. Learn how to use (free at your library!) and other databases, forums, and family tree builders. If you’ve already done paper family trees, learn how to digitize them and methods of keeping documents online but protected. Pre-registration is required, you may sign up for additional sessions, no shows will not be given priority if they do not call to cancel an appointment.

Genealogy Talks with Frazine K. Taylor

Thursday, December 8 @ 2:30 p.m.

Join us as Ms. Frazine K. Taylor, author of Research African American Genealogy in Alabama,  former Head of Reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History and part-time archivist at Alabama State University, speaks about genealogical research. Ms. Taylor has a long and impressive resume that includes degrees in Business Commerce (B.S.) from Knoxville, TN and Library Science (MLS) from Atlanta University, Georgia. She is currently the President of the Elmore County Association of Black Heritage and Chair of the Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission.

Alabama Needs Your History presented by Haley Aaron,

Alabama Department of Archives & History

Wednesday, December 14 @ 11:00 a.m.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History will be working with Bertha Pleasant Williams Library to record this area’s very special oral histories. This informational session will cover what oral histories are, their importance to research, what they’re looking for in a subject, and what the overall goal of the oral history project will be. There will also be the opportunity to sign up to participate in the project at the library. You do not have to attend the meeting to schedule an interview session!

Ramer Branch Library

Wednesday, December 14 @ 11:00 a.m.

“Early History of Montgomery County”, Rev. Gary Burton, Montgomery County Historical Society, guest speaker. Celebrate Montgomery County’s Bicentennial by learning about the early settlers of this area.

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Celebrating Montgomery County 1816-2016

Montgomery: 200 Years of Change

Tuesday, December 13 @10:00 a.m.

Presenter: Dr. Keith Krawczynski, Scholars Without Walls Speakers’ Bureau, Auburn University at Montgomery

Description: Dr. Krawczynski will discuss Montgomery’s growth and change over the past 200 years, focusing on the years 1819, 1918, and 2016.

The Sound of Music  

Description: The performers will play patriotic and Christmas Carols using a hammered dulcimer which is a percussion instrument and stringed instrument with the strings typically stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board in which the strings are beaten with small hammers.

Presenter: American Dulcimer Society, Mrs. Pamela Robinson, Director

Hampstead Branch Library 

Will feature a book display in recognition of Montgomery County Bicentennial Celebration during the week of December 5th through 9th.   

Pike Road Branch Library 

The East Montgomery County Historical Society will provide a woodblock replica exhibit of historical buildings in the Pike Road area with short histories about each location. The exhibit will be on display at the library throughout the month of December.

Pintlala Branch Library 

Will feature an historic book display during the month of December of the County and State.


Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

“Gone But Not Forgotten: Montgomery County Alabama Cemeteries”

This digital exhibit of Montgomery County cemeteries and the people buried in them represents a partnership between Suzanne Horton of the Montgomery City-County Public Library and Dallas Hanbury of the Montgomery County Archives in celebration of Montgomery County’s Bicentennial. Horton and Hanbury selected cemeteries as their project’s subject for several reasons, including the availability of sources to construct an exhibit, cemeteries’ importance in Montgomery County life and history, and because cemeteries offer a direct, tangible link to the past. Cemeteries provide a living history for those who have loved ones buried in them, as well as for genealogists, historians, and the overall community.  Although all of Montgomery County’s cemeteries have historical value, time constraints demanded this exhibit employ a tight focus. As such, although Montgomery County likely contains hundreds of cemeteries, Horton and Hanbury focused on two. The same rationale was applied when deciding which individuals to spotlight. Within the exhibit’s narrow range, an effort was made to reference a wide cross section of the many individuals who lived and died in Montgomery County. This exhibit is meant to act as a conversation starter about Montgomery County’s history. We hope you enjoy it and trust it inspires further interest in the county and its past.  To access this exhibit, please copy and paste this Link:   


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