It’s important to look back to see where you came from to understand where you’re going.
A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday for the traveling Alabama Bicentennial exhibit at the Dadeville Community Center. U.S. District 3 Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) cut the ribbon and various county and city leaders attended the event.
The exhibit has eight panels and kiosks where visitors can scroll through timelines and read more on Alabama events.
It’s exciting to have something like this in Dadeville and we encourage residents to visit this exhibit while it’s here. It shows various aspects of Alabama’s history that should not be forgotten, from the state’s involvement in secession to Huntsville participating in the space race.
“I’m enormously proud to be from Alabama and our history is so rich and I want more people to know about it,” Rogers said.
Additionally the Tallapoosa County Tourism Board and Dadeville Chamber of Commerce worked hard on getting the exhibit and setting it up. Tallapoosa Bicentennial Committee member Kurt Pfitzer said the committee worked on the project every day for about two or three months and the exhibit came in 15 boxes they had to put together.
Dadeville Mayor Wayne Smith said previously he wanted the exhibit to come to Dadeville. Because history is worth celebrating there is going to be a community celebration Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring crafts, face painting, a blacksmith, soap making, pottery and more.
“When we think about where we’ve been and where we are and how far we’ve come, it’s only appropriate we make a big deal out of it,” Pfitzer said.
Pfitzer is right. We need to learn from the past but also appreciate how far we’ve come. To have the exhibit featured locally is a treat and privilege
The exhibit runs through May 2 and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Dadeville Community Center is located at 116 Kids Court.