April 29, 2018 in Montgomery , AL
2:30pm - 3:30 pmwebsite
Brackner serves as the Director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, a department of the Alabama State Council on the Arts. In addition to grants making, the Center conducts research in order to produce the weekly “Alabama Arts” public radio program, an ongoing series of documentary music CDs and occasional traveling exhibitions. A native of Fairfield, Alabama, he received a B. A. in Anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1977 and a M. A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. He was Humanities Scholar in Residence at the Birmingham Museum of Art prior to being hired as state folklorist in 1985. The Montgomery County Historical Society formed in 1992 and is dedicated to preserving Montgomery’s oldest existing brick house, the Figh-Pickett-Barnes School House. Built in 1837 and now serving as the MCHS headquarters, the house was threatened with demolition in 1992, when the organization stepped in to preserve the structure through its relocation and restoration. MCHS’s mission is to document the history of Montgomery County, Alabama, by collecting and preserving its historical records, photographs, and archives; to foster historical research; and to provide enriching educational opportunities through access to its collections and public programming.