Huntingdon Hosts Authors on Alabama History

Huntingdon College

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November 5, 2019

For more information, contact: Su Ofe, (334) 833-4515;

Huntingdon Hosts Authors on Alabama History

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College will host authors Emily Blejwas (November 11) and Ed Bridges (November 12) on campus, as part of the state of Alabama’s bicentennial observance. Both events are free and open to all.

Ms. Blejwas, the author of “The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods,” will appear Monday, November 11, at 6:00 p.m. at The Scarlet & Grey Shop, the College’s new bookstore located in the Phyllis and Gene Stanaland House at Huntingdon College, 1140 E. Fairview Avenue (former Capitol Book & News building). “Fourteen Foods,” published by the University of Alabama Press, explores well-known Alabama food traditions, revealing the history of the state through the palates of Alabama’s diverse populace. Also the author of the novel, “Once You Know This” (Penguin/Random House, 2017) Emily Blejwas directs the Gulf States Health Policy Center in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and has worked in the fields of community development and victim advocacy. She holds degrees from Auburn University and Kenyon College, and lives in Mobile, Alabama, with her husband and four children. Books are on sale now at the Scarlet & Grey Shop. The author will sign books during her appearance. Parking is available at the store.

Dr. Ed Bridges will speak on his book, “Alabama: The Making of an American State,” Tuesday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. in Delchamps Recital Hall, inside Sybil Smith Hall at 3105 Huntingdon College Drive. He will be available to sign books in the Smith Hall lobby following the lecture. Books are available for purchase in the Huntingdon Scarlet & Grey Shop and will also be sold at the booksigning. Retired after 30 years as the director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History and 14 months as interim director of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Dr. Bridges is the author or co-author of numerous articles and historical volumes and has presented programs about Alabama history to groups across the state. He serves as chair of the steering committee for the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. His appearance is sponsored by the libraries of the Montgomery Higher Education Consortium. Parking is available in the Smith parking lot between Smith Hall and Neal Posey Field, with an entrance off of Fairview Avenue.

Founded just 35 years after Alabama became a state, Huntingdon College embraces students’ development and growth in faith, wisdom, and service, providing a solid foundation that enables graduates to respond to the needs of today’s complex world.


Huntingdon College is committed to a policy against legally impermissible, arbitrary, or unreasonable discriminatory practices. Therefore, the College, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and stated College policy, prohibits discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age and/or national origin. Inquiries and/or complaints may be addressed to: Huntingdon College Title IX Coordinator, 1500 East Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106;; or 334-833-4420.

Suellen (Su) Ofe

Suellen (Su) Ofe

Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
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