March 5, 2024

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Department of Archives and History

Billy Singleton to Present Food For Thought Lunchtime Lecture on March 21 at 12:00 pm CT

Press Release - For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Hayley Richards

(334) 353-1881 or hayley.richards@archives.alabama.gov

FOOD FOR THOUGHT LUNCHTIME LECTURE AT THE ARCHIVES ON 
THURSDAY, MARCH 21 AT 12 PM
ALABAMA’S FIRST LADIES OF FLIGHT
PRESENTED BY BILLY SINGLETON

Montgomery, AL (03/05/2024) – The Alabama Department of Archives & History (ADAH) will continue its 2024 Food for Thought lunchtime lecture series on Thursday, March 21, at 12 p.m. CT. Billy Singleton will present Alabama’s First Ladies of Flight. The program will be held in the ADAH’s Joseph M. Farley Alabama Power Auditorium in Montgomery. It will also be livestreamed on the ADAH’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Admission is FREE.

Author and aviation expert Billy Singleton will present the remarkable stories of Katherine Stinson and Ruth Elder, two of Alabama's pioneering female aviators. From Stinson’s historic flying license to Elder’s bold attempt to cross the Atlantic, this program will explore daring exploits that earned these women worldwide acclaim during the Golden Age of Flight.

Singleton has been involved in the aviation industry for forty-eight years. He is the author of six books and has written extensively on the history of aviation in the state of Alabama. He earned a degree in Business Administration from Troy University and a Master of Aerospace Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame; the Southern Museum of Flight; the National Soaring Safety Foundation; and President of the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce. Singleton currently serves as the Mayor Pro Tempore of the City of Clanton and is a member of the Chilton County Airport Authority.  

For additional information, contact Alex Colvin at alex.colvin@archives.alabama.gov or (334) 353-4689. A complete schedule of our 2024 lunchtime lecture series is available at archives.alabama.gov. Food for Thought 2024 is sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Alliance and the Friends of the Alabama Archives. 

The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the state’s government-records repository, a special-collections library and research facility, and home to the Museum of Alabama, the state history museum. It is located in downtown Montgomery, directly across Washington Avenue from the State Capitol. The Museum of Alabama is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30. The EBSCO Research Room is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30. To learn more, visit www.archives.alabama.gov or call (334) 242-4364.

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