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  1. Civic Dispatch: The Future of Small Town America

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Vaughn Gingerich reflects on small town America in his thought piece from Walker County.

    I kept an open mind, having spoken with a previous intern who had a great experience, but didn’t quite know what to expect. Having grown up in Anchorage, Alaska, I had never spent much time in a rural setting before, let alone in the American South. So, when I first came to Jasper, my eyes mostly picked out what confirmed the stereotypes and assumptions people have about small, rural towns: vacated industrial properties, abandoned storefronts, and empty streets.

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  2. Civic Dispatch: Collinsville Museum Celebrates Local History

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Hannah White reports on The Museum of Collinsville History in her thought piece from Collinsville, Alabama.

    Not all small towns can boast of having a museum to showcase their history. But Collinsville can.

    The Museum of Collinsville History documents and celebrates the rich history of this community in northeast Alabama. Historic objects donated by countless citizens, ranging from military artifacts to agricultural tools, can be seen by visitors who stop by the museum housed in a former bank on Main Street. Read More »

  3. The Fourth Annual Civic Institute: Closer to Home

    The David Mathews Center for Civic Life held its Annual Civic Institute at the American Village on August 16th, 2019.

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  4. 2019 Jean O’Connor Snyder Award Press Release

    Montevallo, AL – The David Mathews Center for Civic Life would like to announce that Dr. Hollie Cost was awarded the David Mathews Center for Civic Life’s 2019 Jean O’Connor-Snyder Award at the Mathews Center’s fourth annual Civic Institute Luncheon on Friday, August 16, 2019, at the American Village in Montevallo.

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  5. Civic Dispatch: Finding Home

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Logan Fenhouse reflects on the idea of home in her thought piece from Walker County.

    The photo of Logan was taken by Ms. Nicole Smith for the four-piece series on the 2019 Walker County Interns featured in the Daily Mountain Eagle.

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  6. Civic Dispatch: Recent graduates bring health, education initiatives to Perry County

    In Perry County, one of the rural Alabama counties that does not have its own hospital, healthcare challenges can take a toll.

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  7. 2019 Civic Institute: Found in Translation

    “Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of that jewel. A facet of that jewel. And in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal. We are intimately related. May we never even pretend that we are not.” – Fred Rogers Read More »

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