Street Names Book Tells Auburn’s Story and Suggests Future ‘Camps’ for Auburn Youth Programs


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How did Auburn, Alabama get its name, and why is it called “the the most beautiful village? A new book, “Auburn: A History in Street Names”, written by Sam Hendrix, provides a comprehensive history of the city of Auburn and much more. The book tells the stories of the “village” and its inhabitants, street by street, act by act, over nearly two centuries.

To commemorate the book’s debut, the public is invited to a book talk with author Sam Hendrix on Thursday, December 2. at 4 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Drafting Center for the Arts and Humanities in Pebble Hill, located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street in Auburn.

By telling Auburn’s story, the volume creates future opportunities for today’s youth to tell stories of camp experiences. Proceeds from the book sale will fund an endowment to Auburn University to provide Academic Camp Scholarships for Auburn Youth Programs, or AYP. Campingships, which cover registration fees, on-campus accommodation and meals, offer local youth the opportunity to participate in one-week college summer camps at Auburn University.

“It’s important to me that the youth of Auburn get to experience campus life,” said Hendrix. “There are so many bright young people who live near the university or spend it every day, but don’t see going to college as a possibility. University camps aim to change the dynamics of our under-represented young people and to bring these lively and curious individuals to discover unsuspected careers and to carve out a new future.

The endowment was made possible through a campaign by the Auburn Heritage Association, which raised over $ 21,000 to fully cover the costs associated with the printing process. “With printing costs covered up front,” said Hendrix, “every penny will go to support college camps. “

Every year, Auburn Youth Programs, offered by the Office of Professional and Continuing Education, or OPCE, serve thousands of young people who travel around the world to attend one or more of the more than 60 summer camps and programs offered. on the Auburn University campus. Academic camps are offered in partnership with schools and colleges across campus, including the College of Veterinary Medicine; College of Architecture, Design and Construction, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture; MRI research center; Harrison School of Pharmacy; School of Nursing and the Department of Aviation. The programs are led by Auburn professors and faculty members and provide campers with the opportunity to explore potential majors.

AYP is proud to work with its campus partners to offer camps and academic programs, consistent with the OPCE’s mission to make the educational resources of Auburn University available.

“We are more than grateful for the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Hendrix. The campsites will allow us to serve the youth in the area who might not otherwise be able to attend our camps, ”said Jim Franklin, OPCE Deputy Director for Youth Programs at Auburn. “It’s great to see how the stories that tell the story of our city can impact the future of its youth. “

“Auburn: A Story in Street Names” Uniquely tells the city’s past by telling hundreds of stories of its people and the events that took place in its very streets. From Academy Drive to Zellars Avenue, the 735-page hardcover book features 400 alphabetical street name entries and 65 stand-alone essays, plus photos and illustrations. Its first edition, now available, is limited to 1,500 copies.

Books can be purchased online and locally at area events and at select bookstores. For a calendar of events or to buy online, visit

Author Sam Hendrix is ​​an Arab, Alabama native and graduate of Auburn University. Hendrix has spent most of his career at Auburn University as a public relations and development professional. He authored a History of the Auburn Church of Christ and a biography of the founding dean of veterinary medicine, Dr. Charles Allen Cary, before publishing “Auburn: A History in Street Names”. He resides with his wife, Mary Ellen, in Auburn.

Auburn Youth Programs, a program area within OPCE, is an extension of University Outreach that sponsors and delivers a variety of summer programs designed to educate and inspire young people. To learn more about Auburn’s youth programs, visit camps.


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