Now Streaming: “‘Dear Neil Armstrong’: Alabamians’ Letters to the First Man on the Moon”


Special to the
Opelika Observer

The Alabama Department of Archives & History presents ‘Food for Thought 2020’.

Join Dr. James R. Hansen for “‘Dear Neil Armstrong’: Letters to the First Man on the Moon from Alabamians.” In this presentation, Hansen examines letters written to astronaut Neil Armstrong following the historic moon landing on July 20, 1969, and explores how Alabamians have remembered the astronaut. Hansen also shares his own personal memories of Armstrong as his official biographer for his book, First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong.

Hansen is Professor Emeritus of History at Auburn University. He has written extensively about aerospace history and the history of science and technology for the past thirty years. He has published books and articles on a wide variety of topics ranging from the early days of aviation, the first nuclear fusion reactors and the Moon landings, to the environmental history of golf courses. His most recent book is Dear Neil Armstrong: Letters to the First Man from All Mankind.

For additional information call (334) 353-4689.  The presentation can be viewed at


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