Natchez Trace Parkway Association

2016 Annual Meeting





Florence, Alabama

October 20-22


Thursday, October 20

3:00 Check in – Marriott Shoals

5:00 – BBQ buffet dinner:   Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 E. Tuscaloosa St., Florence, AL. (Cost $7 payable on site).

View historic photographic exhibit of our National Parks

7:00:  Celebration of the NPS Centennial with Theodore Roosevelt, a one-man show with James Foote,  who portrays the president at the TR New York Birthplace and  other locations.  Location:  The historic Shoals Theatre, 123 N. Seminary St., Florence, AL,  two blocks from Kennedy-Douglass (no charge, reserved seating for association attendees)


Friday, October 21

9:00 – Opening Welcome and Chapter Reports

9:15 – Welcome Center Development and New Projects

9:30 – Pew Charitable Trust

9:50 – Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund Safety Program

10:10 – Living History

10:30 – Outreach

10:45 – Trails, Trail Fit, Trail Volunteer Program

11:00 – Business Meeting: Dick Jordan

Approval of Financial Report

Approval of MINUTES


11:15 – Chickasaw Inkana Foundation and its new work in the Natchez

Trace Homeland,  Jacob Dawson, Inkana Foundation Development Director

11:45 – BREAK

12:00 – Luncheon:  ($15) Speaker, Natchez Trace Parkway Superintendent Mary Risser.  Purchase tickets at 1-888-356-8687.

1:30 – Free time in afternoon.  Visit the many sites in Florence at your leisure.  A Museum Pass is included in your welcome bag that allows you to visit the Florence Museums complimentary:  Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum House, Historic Pope’s Tavern, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, W.C. Handy Home and Museum, the new Florence Indian Mound Museum (not officially open but you are welcome to go climb the mound and visit the inside though the exhibits are not yet completed)

5:00- Social Hour at the Florence Visitors Center

Dinner on your own

Enjoy music at the hotel or visit the annual Renaissance Festival in Florence.

Saturday, October 22                Explore the Park  (Exact Locations Subject to NPS Permit)

Check out of the hotel .

8:00  Cycling Safety and Bike Ride.  Colbert Ferry.

Leave 9:00 from hotel for tour of Tom Hendrix’s Wall – Tom Hendrix

10:30 – Nature Walk at Rock Spring and Birding – Led by Charles Rose

11:30 – Living History at Chief Colbert’s Ferry – Reenactment of Creek Removal Council with the Chickasaws and Choctaw House Dances

12:00 – Boxed Lunch Picnic ($10). Purchase tickets at the Annual Meeting.




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