City of Gulf Shores

University of South Alabama hosts annual Distinguished Lecture Series and various other activities at the Cultural Center this month 

The annual Distinguished Lecture Series is a series of six monthly lectures on topics of interest by recognized experts.  These lectures are held October through March and are free and open to the public. Registration is requested so that we can plan for seating and refreshments.

Various other arts and cultural-related lectures and activities are offered throughout the year.  See the calendar or Upcoming Events for more information.

Reflective of the mission and vision of the University, the USA Gulf Coast campus was established to make a difference in the lives of those it serves in south Baldwin County through promoting discovery, health, and learning, always striving to have a positive intellectual, cultural, and economic impact on those it serves.

USA Gulf Coast

Your Family Tree:  Who, What, When, and Where?

January 16th, 23rd & 30th - 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. 

Are you interested in starting a genealogical search, or are you in the early stages of family research?  If so, this three-week course is for you!  Instructor Jeanette Bornholdt is the Genealogy and Alabama History Division Head at the Foley Public Library, and has been conducting family research for 45 years.  Her instruction is engaging, fun, and easy to understand.  

This three part course takes place January 16th, 23rd and 30th from 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Cultural Center. The cost to participate is $35.

Register online, by email or calling 251-460-7200.

This course is part of  Discover!  An Institute for Learning in Retirement at the University of South Alabama, Gulf Coast Campus.


Mardi Gras in Mobile:  America‚Äôs First Mardi Gras

January 11th - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

In 1703, Mobile hosted the first Mardi Gras Celebration in the Western Hemisphere. The following year, the first Mystic Society was established. In 1830, the first float parade rolled through Mobile. Today, Mobile has 77 Mystic Societies and 37 parades.

Come for a lively exploration of the history and tradition of Carnival with Mobile's resident Mardi Gras historian and author, Craig Reynolds. 

Join us for the Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, January 11th at the Cultural Center.  The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

Register online, by email or calling 251-460-7200.

Mardi Gras

Gulf Shores Cultural Center, 19470 Oak Road West (County Road 6), Gulf Shores 36542

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