Auburn University historian Dr. Mark Wilson will be the guest speaker when the Guntersville Historical Society meets Sunday, May 19, at 2:30 at the Guntersville Public Library auditorium.
The public is invited and the talk is free.
Dr. Mark Wilson will speak on George Petrie, a historian and the first coach of the Auburn football team. He is the subject of the book "Auburn Man: The Life & Times of George Petrie."
Petrie played a critical role in both Auburn's evolution as a modern academic institution and in the founding of its athletics program. His career spanned more than half a century and culminated with him writing "The Auburn Creed."
Wilson will provide an illustrated overview of Petrie's life and work.
Wilson is the secretary of the Alabama Historical Association and holds a doctorate in history from Auburn.
He is going around the state talking about Petrie as part of Alabama's bicentennial celebration. His visit to Guntersville is co-sponsored by the Guntersville Historical Society and the Carolina Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Auburn University.