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427 6th Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 | Smith Hall, University of Alabama

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NEWS RELEASE April 5, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information: Randy Mecredy, Executive Director Phone: (205)348-2136 E-mail: rmecredy@bama.ua.edu

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OPENS WINDOW TO THE PAST The Alabama Museum of Natural History to open its 100-year-old cornerstone Saturday TUSCALOOSA, Ala.— If its yellow walls could talk, Smith Hall would probably have a lot of stories to tell. This Saturday, April 10, the University of Alabama’s Smith Hall, which houses the Alabama Museum of Natural History, will celebrate its hundredth birthday. As part of the celebration, the staff at the museum will hold a ceremony to open the building's cornerstone at 2 p.m. The cornerstone contains a time capsule placed there when construction began on Smith Hall a century ago. Smith Hall, located on the corner of the University of Alabama’s main quadrangle, was built in honor of Dr. Eugene Allen Smith, who was appointed state geologist in 1873. Smith devoted nearly four decades to mapping, surveying and collecting scientific specimens in Alabama. Today, the building carries on Smith's legacy, as the museum displays historical artifacts and scientific collections and museum staff participate in a variety of ongoing research projects throughout the state. After a century of serving as the Alabama Museum of Natural History, providing a place for classes in biology and geology and hosting countless University events, Smith Hall has assuredly witnessed a great deal of history. Randy Mecredy, executive director of the museum, said the staff doesn't know much about the time capsule, except that it contains documents and souvenirs from the turn of the twentieth century. “Really, all we know is that the cornerstone was sealed in May of 1907 when the University began construction on the building. We truly have no idea what we'll find when we crack it open; it should be a lot of fun.” -###-


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