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Battle-Friedman House & Gardens

Historic Home | Downtown Tuscaloosa

Built in 1835, this Tuscaloosa landmark has been home to two amazing families with fascinating personal stories and powerful influence over the shaping of Tuscaloosa history. Tours available 5 days per week.

Alabama Museum of Natural History

Museum | UA Campus

For more than 150 years, the Alabama Museum of Natural History has celebrated Alabama’s natural history through exhibitions, collections and programs. Explore Alabama through remarkable exhibitions and specimen collections detailing the state’s natural history and ancient past.

Old Tavern Museum

Museum | Downtown Tuscaloosa

Built in 1827 during the time when Tuscaloosa was the Capitol of Alabama, this tavern has served as an inn, a home, and a gathering place to the city of Tuscaloosa for almost 200 years. Tours available 5 days per week.

Moundville Archaeological Park

Museum | Moundville, AL

The park is one of the nation’s premier Native American heritage sites. Focusing on 14th Century history, Moundville Archaeological Park was once the site of a powerful prehistoric community that, at its peak, was America’s largest city north of Mexico.

Children's Hands-On Museum

Museum | Downtown Tuscaloosa

The Children’s Hands-On Museum is a dynamic learning experience that stimulates curiosity, creativity, and shared discovery in all ages.

Capitol Park

Public Park | Downtown Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa was the state capital from 1826-1846. Explore the ruins of the Capitol Building in this city park. Make sure to stop by the Old Tavern Museum located on-site!

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Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society

Historic Group | Downtown Tuscaloosa

Our closest partner in historic work, the Preservation Society manages the Jemison Mansion and other historic buildings across Tuscaloosa. Visit the Society's webpage to learn more about local tours, preservation events you can attend, and for more information on joining the Society.

UA Undergraduate Historical Society

Historic Group | UA Campus

The UA Undergraduate Historical Society's mission is to foster a love for history among students at the university.

Friends of Historic Northport

Historic Group | Downtown Northport

Friends of Historic Northport is the authority on the beautiful area that is Historic Northport and Kentuck. It was founded in 1996 to promote Northport's history and heritage through education, preservation, planning, and documentation.

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Robert Van de Graaff

Dr. Van de Graff's Professional Summary

Professional Summary | American Institute of Physics

Learn more about one of the Jemison family's most notable members, Dr. Robert Jemison Van de Graaff, from his professional summary at the American Institute of Physics.

1 Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston, MA 02114

Generator at the Museum of Science

Exhibit | Museum of Science

Visit the Museum of Science in Boston to see one of the largest Van de Graaff Generators on exhibit and to learn more about how they work!

36130, 624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104

Dr. Van de Graff's Biography

Life Summary | Encyclopedia of Alabama

Learn more about one of the Jemison family's most notable members, Dr. Robert Jemison Van de Graaff, from his biography at the Encyclopedia of Alabama.