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Historic Tuscaloosa Lecture Series
Historic Tuscaloosa Lecture Series

Thu, Jul 20


Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion

Historic Tuscaloosa Lecture Series

Come join us for a series of lectures that explores the fundamentals of historic preservation. Historic Tuscaloosa features live lectures from preservation professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and expertise, and includes interaction between participants and presenters through Q&A sessions

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Jul 20, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion, 1305 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, USA


Historic Tuscaloosa will continue its 2023 summertime lecture series on Thursday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m. 

James Barksdale will present Old Tuscaloosa Postcards at the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion. 

This event is open to the public and free of charge.

In his presentation, James Barksdale will include a brief history of postcards focusing on postcards with images of Tuscaloosa sites from the early 1900s up to the late 1940s.

Although James was born in Mobile, his lineage has resided in Tuscaloosa County since 1817.  He considers Tuscaloosa to be his home and has always shared an interest in the history of Tuscaloosa. James is also an avid amateur genealogist, photographer, woodworker, and blacksmith.

Lectures will begin at 5:30 pm, with a pre-lecture gathering at 5:00 pm. and admission is always free. Complimentary refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres will also be available. Space is limited, so reservations are appreciated.

PARKING — Guests can park in the parking lot on the right side of the mansion, on the corner of 14th street and Greensboro Avenue.

ENTERING THE MANSION— Guests may enter through the main doors of the mansion or by following the signs in the parking lot, directing guests to enter through the conservatory side door facing the parking lot. This entrance is wheelchair accessible.

Disability Accommodations:

The Jemison-Van de Graff Mansion endeavors to provide reasonable accommodation and to ensure equal access to all visitors with disabilities. Due to the configuration of the house and the inability to make modifications to a protected building, issues may arise for visitors with mobility concerns. A good access point for wheelchairs is on the right side (when facing the house) of the house, near the kitchens. Parking for visitors with mobility issues is available.

For more information on the Lecture Series, follow our Historic Tuscaloosa Facebook event page.

For questions concerning Tuscaloosa’s preservation society, contact the Historic Tuscaloosa office, at (205) 758-2238 or by email at

HISTORIC TUSCALOOSA: Historic Tuscaloosa, a nonprofit organization, works to develop an appreciation and awareness of the historical and cultural heritage of Tuscaloosa. Through its research archives, exhibits, and educational programs, Historic Tuscaloosa chronicles the rich history of Tuscaloosa. For more information about Historic Tuscaloosa, please visit and follow us on Facebook at




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