Learning Lunch

Of all the History Museum’s programs, Learning Lunch affords me the most consistent opportunity to remove myself from a busy work week, and learn something new about the city I call my home….”

Pat Hand, Owner of MH3 Printing and proud sponsor of Learning Lunch 2015

This series allows guests to enjoy free presentations on a wide range of historical and cultural topics. Admission to Learning Lunch is free. Bring your lunch and enjoy complimentary beverages.

Each program begins at noon.

For more information about the Learning Lunch programs, contact Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education at: 251-301-0270 or theeckj@historymuseumofmobile.com

Learning Lunch Speakers & Topics


January 12, 2022

A Culinary Tour Through Alabama History

Monica Tapper, Author and Historian


February 9, 2022

Mardi Gras 2021 in 15 Objects

Steve Joynt, Journalist and Editor of Mobile Mask Magazine


March 9, 2022

Hank Aaron: The Life and Legacy of 'The Hammer’

Dr. Damion Thomas, Museum Curator of Sports for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture


April 6, 2022 (UPDATED)

The Assault on Fort Blakeley: The Thunder and Lightning of Battle

Mike Bunn, Author, Historian and Director of Blakeley State Park


May 11, 2022

The Southernization of America: A Story of Democracy in the Balance

Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, and Frye Gaillard, Award Winning Author


June 8, 2022

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail

Lee Sentell, Author and Director of the Alabama Tourism Department


July 13, 2022

Mobile Before Air Conditioning

 Tom McGehee, Journalist and Director of the Bellingrath Home


August 10, 2022

A Thousand Thirsty Beaches: Smuggling Alcohol from Cuba to the South during Prohibition

Dr. Lisa Lindquist Dorr, Author, Professor, and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Alabama


September 14, 2022

The Gee’s Bend Quilts

Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, Author, Professor, and Curator of the University Museum at Texas Southern University 


October 12, 2022

The Gulf of Mexico and its Blended Cultural Legacies

John Sledge, Author and Architectural Historian


November 9, 2022

The Old Federal Road in Alabama

Raven Christopher, Author and Archaeologist


December 14, 2022

Finding Mabila

Dr. Ashley Dumas, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of West Alabama, and Director of Fort Tombecbe Archaeological Site



Dates and topics are subject to change. Call (251) 301-0270 for more information.