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A visit to the ruins of Alabama’s first penitentiary

A 1940s postcard of the Alabama State Penitentiary in Wetumpka, Ala. (Troy University Libraries) Not long ago, when Sweetums was doing a presentation at the Elmore County Museum in Wetumpka, Ala., we decided to see what remained of Alabama’s first prison, opened in 1842. Known as Wetumpka State Penitentiary or Alabama State Penitentiary, it operated for 100… Continue reading A visit to the ruins of Alabama’s first penitentiary

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Win a signed copy of ‘Guide to South’s Quirkiest Roadside Attractions’

NOTE: This contest is closed to entries and winners will be announced by Oct. 7, 2022. If you would still like a signed copy of the book, please email kellykazek@kellykazek.com. Let me know in the email if you'd like to pay through PayPal, Venmo or credit card and send your address. You will not be… Continue reading Win a signed copy of ‘Guide to South’s Quirkiest Roadside Attractions’

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Here are some of your thoughts on the pandemic, 2.5 years later

A sign at Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville, AL when stores reopened in July 2020. (Kelly Kazek) Businesses closed in March 2020 near the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to try to prevent its spread. I gathered photos from local places to have my own record of this strange time and I wrote several… Continue reading Here are some of your thoughts on the pandemic, 2.5 years later

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You need to see Reed Books and Museum of Fond Memories

Reed Books and Museum of Fond Memories, Birmingham, Ala. (Kelly Kazek) I’ve written before about what I would grab from my house in the event of a fire, besides any humans, pets and important documents, of course. The main thing would be my signed copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was a birthday gift… Continue reading You need to see Reed Books and Museum of Fond Memories