If you spend an hour or more in Auburn, Alabama, you will more than likely hear the phrase “the Auburn Family.” The Auburn Family is a collective term for students, faculty and alumni alike who know and love Auburn University and who bleed orange and blue through and through. But the Auburn Family is more than a collective group of people – it is a symbol of loyalty, commitment and dedication to a place that is loved.
It is no surprise that a body so passionate about Auburn would be equally – if not more – passionate about the state of Alabama. The Alabama Bicentennial is quickly approaching in 2019 and to celebrate, the state is throwing a three-year-long bash, full of events and initiatives to commemorate and improve our state. Auburn, Alabama is contributing to the events calendar with fun of its own.
Alison Hall, the Community and Special Programs Director for Auburn Parks and Recreation, said that the city of Auburn has many ideas in motion for Alabama 200.
“Not a lot is set in stone yet,” she said. “But we’ve been talking about it and we are very excited about it.”
Two Auburn events are currently on the events calendar on Alabama 200’s website: The Itty Bitty Auburn Scavenger Hunt and Forgotten Alabama. The Itty Bitty Auburn Scavenger Hunt is special scavenger hunt in downtown Auburn beginning on Aug. 1 and going until Aug. 25. According to the events calendar, “participants will hunt for the locations of 25 itty bitty pictures in the downtown area, complete worksheets identifying these places and submit them to the Auburn Parks and Recreation for prizes.”
Forgotten Alabama is an event hosted by the Auburn Public Library on Aug. 22. Over the past ten years, photographer Glenn Wills has visited each county in Alabama and taken about 15,000 images. Wills will share these images and stories with attendees.
The statewide project by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a traveling history exhibit called “Making Alabama”, will be at the Auburn Public Library in April 2018.
“It’s something the whole state is a part of and we’re very excited to have it here,” Hall said.
Hall also said that Auburn is planning an event called “One Community, One Book” for 2019. It is still being developed, but the concept is for the community to enjoy book sharing and promote literature. Ultimately, Hall said she would like to include the greater Auburn-Opelika area in the book sharing event.
Though still largely in the planning stage, Auburn, Alabama will play a role in the state’s bicentennial celebration. Auburn is considered home by many, and the Auburn Family is excited to see which projects and events Auburn contributes to the commemoration.