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.

Lafayette in Mobile: Where Did He Go--Where Did He Not?

September 23, 2021 at 5:30pm

Historic Oakleigh House Museum

Tickets: $10 per person, free for HMPS members

Presentation by Dr. Larry Krumenaker
Based on the book: Nine Days Traveling, Lafayette’s 1825 Alabama Tour, Today’s Historical Road Trip

In 1824-5 the last living Major General of the Revolutionary War, the Marquis de Lafayette, came to Alabama by invitation of its governor. After crossing the Chattahoochee River and the Creek Nation of East Alabama, stopping in Montgomery and the Capital, Cahaba, Lafayette took the ‘high tech,” 13 miles per hour steamboat to Mobile and Mobile Point.

Where did he go? What did he do and see? And how can the modern historically interested traveler retrace his steps, without tripping over the lore that says where he went—but did not go!? Come to Oakleigh House Museum and hear the tales!

Want the book, with its maps, photos, and driving directions to every part of Lafayette’s journey through the entire state of Alabama? You can buy it at Oakleigh House before or after the presentation on September 23rd….
You can reserve it online in advance with an online coupon worth 15% OFF and NO SHIPPING CHARGE and pick it up at the talk!! Just go to and use the electronic coupon oakleigh at checkout!! Coupon good until September 23rd, 2021.

Blood on the Bayou: An Evening of Cajun Killers and Swamp Stalkers

October 21, 2021 at 6:00pm

Historic Oakleigh House Museum

Tickets: $25 per person

Join us for an evening of true crime presented by Sarah Cailean. There will be talk of serial killers and both infamous and obscure cases, plus attendees will get to play trivia and try to win prizes.


Sarah Cailean is a former police officer and detective who’s now an independent consultant for cold case homicides and disappearances, specializing in cases involving serial predators. She serves as a crime correspondent for HLN, contributes to numerous true crime podcasts, and produces documentaries about cases she is investigating. In addition to her current work with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Sarah hosts a series of true crime lecture events, including this one which dives deep into the twisted lunatics who lived right here on the Gulf Coast.

A Culinary Tour Through Alabama History

November 20, 2021 at 12pm

Historic Oakleigh House Museum

Tickets: Free

A book signing and presentation by author Monica Tapper

About the book: One of the surest ways to connect with the past is to sample what was on its plate. That's the goal with this gustatory journey through Alabama history. Sweetmeats with the governor's lonely, oft-depressed wife in 1832 Greensboro. Shrimp and crabmeat casserole at a long-departed preacher's house at the Gaines Ridge Dinner Club in Camden. Pimento cheese and tea with notes of cinnamon and citrus at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile. Poundcake from Georgia Gilmore's kitchen in Montgomery, where workaday freedom fighters and luminaries of the civil rights movement sought sustenance. Author Monica Tapper serves up a stick-to-your-ribs trek through Alabama history, providing classic recipes modified for the modern kitchen along the way.

About the author: Monica Tapper is a historian from Alabama. She holds a master's degree in history with a concentration in Public History. She is interested in the intersection where food and history meet.