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 13, 2021- VIRTUAL

Ben Raines, Environmental Journalist, Saving America's Amazon

January 20, 2021- VIRTUAL

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Geologist, retired NASA astronaut, and former Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Handprints on Hubble

February 10, 2021- VIRTUAL

Steve Joynt, Author and Editor of Mobile Mask Magazine, Years Mobile Didn't Have Mardi Gras

March 10, 2021-VIRTUAL

Dr. Melinda Nelson Hurst, Research Associate and Adjunct Instructor of Anthropology and Honors at Tulane University, Preparing for Eternity: Mummification in Ancient Egypt

April 14, 2021- HYBRID

Mike Bunn, Author and Director of Historic Blakeley State Park, Fourteenth Colony: The Forgotten Story of the Gulf South During America's Revolutionary War

May 12, 2021- VIRTUAL

Dr. Susan McCready, Professor at University of South Alabama and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of War and Memory, Harlem Hellfighter: James Reese Europe 

June 9, 2021- HYBRID

Dr. Matthew Downs, Associate Professor of History at University of Mobile, Rallying to the Call: Mobile's Women in World War II

July 14, 2021- HYBRID

Christopher Lang, Master Cabinetmaker and Member of Alabama Humanities Foundation's Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, Antique Alabama Furniture

August 4, 2021- in Collaboration with the Mobile Museum of Art

Dr. John Edwin Mason, Gordon Parks: Segregation Story in Mobile, 1956 

September 8, 2021

John Sledge, Author and Senior Architectural Historian for the Historic Mobile Development Commission, The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History

October 13, 2021

Tom McGhee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home, Mobile's Red Light District

November 10, 2021

Amanda Hartin, Author and Editorial Assistant at Mobile Bay Monthly, What Lies Beneath - A Historical Peek Inside Bay Area Cemeteries

December 8, 2021

Dr. Philip J. Carr, Professor of Anthropology and Director of University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum and Dr. Erin Nelson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University of South Alabama, South Alabama Mound Builders


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