ABOUT ALABAMAAlabama is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States of America. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama ranks 30th in total land area and ranks second in the size of its inland waterways. The state ranks 23rd in population with almost 4.6 million residents in 2006.
Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become known worldwide through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker.
Festivals and Events
USS Alabama Battleship
USS Alabama (BB-60), a South Dakota-class battleship, was the sixth completed ship named Alabama of the United States Navy, however she was only the third commissioned ship with that name. Alabama was commissioned in 1942 and served in World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. She was decommissioned in 1947 and assigned to the reserve duty. She was retired in 1962. In 1964, Alabama was taken to Mobile Bay and opened as a museum ship the following year.
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is located in Huntsville, Alabama. The Center includes a museum designed to showcase the hardware of the U.S. space program and the facilities of the United States Space Camp.
Helen Keller's Home
Ivy Green is the birthplace of Helen Keller and is the place where her advocacy for persons with disability believed to have started. The white wooden home was constructed in 1820, a design typical to houses in Southern states. A room inside the house is arranged to serve as a museum that showcases Helen Keller?s personal belongings and memorabilia. It includes her Braille typewriter and books, gifts, letters, pictures, and some of the things that a famous close friend known as Alexander Graham Bell gave to her as gifts. Ivy Green was included in the list of National Register of Historic Places in 1954. Since then, it has become a memorial to the incredible phenomenon that happened to the seven year old young Helen. Every year, Ivy Green hosts the Helen Keller Festival that happens in June, which is also the birth month of Helen.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is a 65-acre botanical garden and mansion located on the Fowl River in Theodore, a suburb of Mobile, Alabama. The site was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on September 14, 1977 and on the National Register of Historic Places on October 19, 1982."
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Cathedral Caverns State Park
Cathedral Caverns State Park in Marshall County, Alabama. An immense cave entrance leads viewers to unique subterranean rock formations such as a 45-foot tall stalagmite named Goliath, and a stalagmite forest. As far as caving goes, this is one of the best caves."