Decatur Public Library

504 Cherry Street
Decatur, Al 35601

Currently Closed

DPL’s FYI Series offers a variety of programs for adults in our community. Whether it’s history or poetry, music or philosophy, on select Wednesdays at DPL you’ll find an afternoon event to enlighten, engage and entertain.

Our program schedule for the 2024 FYI Series:

AMERICAN POETRY: THE PULSE OF A NATION

Wednesday, April 17th

12pm-1:30pm

presented by Harry Moore

Historians record events, but poets probe a deeper truth – a nation’s heart.  This program will examine a selection of American poems from the colonial period to the present.

THREE METHODIST CONGREGATIONS IN OLD TOWN: SHARED METHODIST TRADITIONS WITH UNIQUE DENOMINATIONAL HISTORIES

Wednesday, May 15th

12pm – 1:30pm

presented by Wylheme Ragland

King’s Memorial United Methodist Church, Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Garner Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church are landmark congregations in Old Town Decatur.  They share a common Wesleyan connection, however their names suggest different denominal histories.

What’s in a name? What do the abbreviations mean?  UMC, AMEC, and CMEC represent more than alphabets.  This program will provide an introduction to their histories, witness select photos of early pastors, and discover contributions of the The Methodists to quality of life in Old Town Decatur.

 

WHEELER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE: YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW

Wednesday, June 12th

12pm – 1:30pm

presented by Ranger Daphne Moland

Join Ranger Daphne for a look at the history of Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, recent upgrades and renovations, as well as plans for the future.  She will also share some before and after photos of the Public Use areas of the Refuge.

 

Lelia Edmundson: Politician & Cotton Queen

Wednesday, June 5th

12pm – 1:30pm

presented by John Allison

Morgan County Archivist John Allison will share the story of Lelia Seton Wilder Edmundson, a successful businesswoman who  navigated the male-dominated fields of agriculture, real estate speculation, and finance with intelligence, cunning, and skill.  Edmundson went on to earn  the moniker “Cotton Queen of Alabama, ” was involved in Alabama’s earliest stirrings of the women’s suffrage movement, and later became the first Alabama woman to run for the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

More programs coming soon!

Questions?

Contact DPL’s Marketing & Outreach office: 256 340-5780

or email: stephrhonda@myDPL.org.