April 16-18 and 23-25, 2021

Hiram Becoming Hank

The stage play Hiram Becoming Hank, which depicts the transformation 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.

After a couple of postponements due to the Covid-19 pandemic, performance dates are now set for April 16, 17 & 18 and 23, 24 & 25, 2021. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 6:30 pm, with Sunday matinees beginning at 2:00 pm.  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 mchm@frontiernet.net or 251-575-7433. Tickets will be non-refundable and, in the event of another 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, MW Smith Jr Foundation, Gate Precast, Peoples Exchange Bank of Monroe County and R & R Contractors.                                                                                         

April 19-May 28, 2021

Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest Exhibit


Monroe County Museum is honored to have been chosen as one of the limited locations in the state to host an exhibit of winning photographs in the annual Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest.


The exhibit will be free and open to the public April 19 – May 28, 2021 during the museum’s regular open hours of Monday – Friday, 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.


The Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest is a joint project between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the Alabama Tourism Department (Tourism).


“The abundant diversity in Alabama’s landscape and native wildlife make it a photographers paradise,” said Chris Blankenship, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  “From the north Alabama mountains to the state’s Gulf Coast beaches, the winning images in this year’s Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest highlight the natural beauty of our state.”


The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions:  Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. 


Sponsors of the 2021 photo contest include the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association (ACEOA), Alabama State Parks, and the Alabama Tourism Department.


All Covid-19 regulations and precautions in place at the time of the exhibit will be followed.

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.

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