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Events and Programs

The Historic Mobile Preservation Society works year-round to provide educational opportunities, as well as fun and engaging programs for the community and visitors of Mobile. Tickets to select events may be purchased in advance.


The Alabama Women's Hall of Fame with

Dr. Valerie Pope Burnes 

Thursday March 23, 2023


Historic Oakleigh House

Created in 1970 at Judson College to honor the women of Alabama, the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame, located at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, houses the plaques of almost 100 women who have been inducted into the AWHF.  Those honored include writers, artists, educators, lawyers, businesswomen, nurses, missionaries, volunteers, social workers, and social movers and shakers.  The Board of the AWHF chooses up to two women for induction each year.  The induction takes place the first Thursday in March.  Women who were born, lived in, and/or contributed to the betterment of Alabama, and have been deceased for two years, are eligible for nomination. 

About Dr. Burnes 

Valerie Pope Burnes is a Professor of History and executive secretary of the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame at the University of West Alabama. She holds an M.A. in archival studies and a Ph.D. in history from Auburn University. She defended her dissertation, "From Pre-Civil War to Post-Civil Rights: The Political Lives of African-Americans from Slavery to the 21st Century in Perry County, Alabama," under the direction of Dr. David Carter. Valerie is the author of numerous articles in Alabama Heritage and is co-author of the book Visions of the Black Belt: A Cultural Survey of the Heart of Alabama. She has also written three articles on the Suffrage Movement for the Encyclopedia of Alabama.  Valerie appeared on C-SPAN and served as president of the Alabama Historical Association from 2018-19. She was a Bicentennial Scholar from 2017-19 and led a statewide committee to identify sites in Alabama associated with the women’s suffrage movement in commemoration of the passage of the 19th amendment in 2020.  
Burnes is president of the Sumter County Historical and Preservation Society, the Epes Barbecue Club, and the Friends of the Ruby Pickens Tartt Library, and serves as Regent of the Bigbee Valley DAR chapter. 

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Archaeology Day at Historic Oakleigh 

Saturday April 22, 2023
Tickets: $15

Bring the entire family for a day of interactive learning and fun with archaeologists from University of South Alabama, including hands-on activities for kids of all ages.

*See artifacts found on the Oakleigh property
*Hunt for your own "artifacts" in our two sifting stations
*Make your own fossils to take home
*Tickets include a tour of Oakleigh 


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The Boyington Oak Festival

Saturday May 20, 2023

Sunday May 21, 2023
Tickets: $50

Package Price: $50.00, includes:

  • 4th Production of Play ($20):

The Truth is in the Tree
Written by: Mary S. Palmer
Directed by: Dr. Stewart Hawley

  • Oakleigh House Museum Tour ($10)

  • Footsteps of Boyington - Gulf Coast Trolley Tour ($20)

  • Signed copy, Boyington Oak: A Grave Injustice ($20)

  • Drinks, Boarding House Crackers & SO jam delicious

Note: $50 package saves $20 over individual purchases!

Schedule for Both Days

1pm- Tour of Oakleigh/Trolley Tour

2pm- Tour of Oakleigh/Trolley Tour

3pm- Play The Truth is in the Tree

4pm- Tour of Oakleigh/Trolley Tour

5pm- Tour of Oakleigh/Trolley Tour

Click here for more information on the event and schedule. 

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