Huntsville’s Constitution Village begins ‘spruce up’ ahead of Alabama’s Bicentennial
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama Constitution Village is making preparations to host the world in the summer of 2019. Alabama’s Bicentennial commemoration will be in full swing and Constitution Village will be the shining beacon of the celebration — just as it was 200 years ago.
In July of 1819, 44 delegates gathered in Huntsville to debate and author the document that would allow Alabama to become the 22nd state admitted to the Union. During the summer of 2019 the world will be invited to Huntsville to take part in the 200th anniversary of this historic event.
Daily historic reenactments, special exhibits, student programing and new visitor experiences are currently being planned for the commemoration. “We expect to welcome thousands of visitors during the summer of 2019, and we have a lot of work to do in order to be ready, and today we are getting started’” stated Bart Williams, Executive Director of the EarlyWorks Family of Museums.
Over the next 3 years Constitution Village will be receiving significant renovation. The plan is to complete the renovations in phases, with the first phase beginning in a few weeks. The initial phase is being funded by a grant through the Alabama Historic Commission. This initial work includes replacing all the cedar shingles on the John Boardman House and associated buildings. Chorba Contracting has been contracted to perform the work.
The EarlyWorks Boards of Directors wish to extend a special thanks to Senator Arthur Orr for his work in helping to secure the grant. Senator Arthur Orr is Chairman of the statewide Alabama Bicentennial Commission and has led the effort to find funding for this and many other projects throughout the state.
Senator Orr and members of the Bicentennial Commission are currently involved in planning all the activities and commemorations for the Bicentennial. The Commission is planning to kick-off the commemorations in 2017, the year Alabama became a territory, in other parts of the State, with all activities and energies moving to Huntsville and Madison County during the summer of 2019.