February 1-26, 2021
Quilts in the Courtroom
Monroe County Museum is pleased to again present a showcase of quilts on loan from the region in an exhibit which is free to the public. The exhibit will run from February 1st through February 26th during the museum’s regular opening hours of Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Quilts will take center stage, adding lively patterns and vibrant splashes of color throughout the courtroom made famous by the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird. Designs will range from the traditional to one-of-a-kind originals.
A featured item available for sale in the Bird’s Nest Gift Shop is the Museum’s Legacy publication, Cotton Country Quilts, written by Monroe County native Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff.
In addition, the Museum will be selling raffle tickets for “Magnolias in Bloom”, a quilt lovingly made and generously donated by Wanda Fountaine and LuAnn Joswick, members of the Pensacola Quilt Guild. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward support and maintenance of the Old Courthouse Museum. Please contact the Museum to purchase raffle tickets.
All protocols relating to Covid-19 in place during the exhibit, such as social distancing and the wearing of masks or face coverings.
POSTPONED: To be rescheduled at a later date.
Hiram Becoming Hank
The stage play Hiram Becoming Hank, which depicts the evolution of Hiram King Williams into Hank Williams, one of America’s most famous country music stars, will be performed at the Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville, AL. The production will include live performances of songs which inspired the young Hiram to become the great singer/songwriter Hank Williams. The play was written by longtime Atlanta Journal and Constitution journalist and author Rheta Grimsley Johnson, along with retired LaGrange (GA) College English professor and Georgia’s Author of the Year in Fiction, John M. Williams.
Rescheduled performance dates will be announced. Weather permitting, the play will take place outside in the Otha Lee Biggs Amphitheater; otherwise, the play will be staged in the courtroom.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online via Eventbrite or by contacting Monroe County Museum at or 251-575-7433. Tickets will be non-refundable and, in the event of a postponement of the production, will be transferred to the re-scheduled dates. All Covid-19 regulations in place at the time of the play’s production will be followed.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts with additional generous support provided by Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama Tourism Department and MW Smith Jr Foundation.
POSTPONED: Due to concerns about Covid-19, this event will be rescheduled at a later date.
Trace Barnett: Tracing Roots: A Modern Approach to Living Off the Land
Trace Barnett, author of the cookbook Tracing Roots, will visit the Old Courthouse Museum on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:00 am for an enticing program on gardening, cooking and entertaining. Tracing Roots: A Modern Approach to Living Off the Land is a beautifully photographed culinary journey through the seasons, with recipes emphasizing the use of home-grown ingredients at the peak of their freshness and flavors. Included in the book are instructions on beekeeping, raising chickens, planting and foraging, in addition to over 100 recipes. Sumptuous photography by Jean Allsopp transports readers to the rustic simplicity of the American South and marks the introduction of a refreshing new voice in cooking.
Trace Barnett is also the founder of The Bitter Socialite, a culinary and lifestyle blog featuring a return to a simpler way of life, but one still filled with creativity, beauty and grace. A popular guest on several television shows, Trace makes regular appearances on both "Good Day Alabama" on FOX 6 WBRC, and "Talk of Alabama" on ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, "Talk of the Town" on Newschannel5 WTVF in Nashville, WLOV "This Morning" and WTVA "News at Noon" in Tupelo/ Columbus/Oxford, and in Atlanta, both “Good Day Atlanta” and “Atlanta and Co.” Trace was a finalist on The Next Food Network Star on Food Network and was also a finalist on the Food Network series Comeback Kitchen.
Copies of Tracing Roots are available for sale in The Bird’s Nest Gift Shop, located inside the museum. An autographing session with Trace will take place following the program.
Lunch plates, using recipes from Tracing Roots, will be available for pick up from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at the Coca-Cola wagon for $10, including a beverage. Tickets for the lunch plates may be purchased in advance at the museum.