FLORENCE — The Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area received two grants from Alabama state agencies for projects.

The Alabama Tourism Department awarded $3,937.50 to the Heritage Area to update the organization's website. 

The Alabama Humanities Foundation awarded a grant of $1,260 for a traveling exhibit to accompany the upcoming book "The Tennessee River and Northwest Alabama" by Heritage Area Interim Director Carrie Barske and the University of North Alabama public history graduate students Brian Murphy and Brian Corrigan.

The book is set to be released in the fall of 2018. 

"The Tennessee River has influenced culture and life here in northwest Alabama for hundreds of years, and as we move into the 21st century, it continues to do so," Barske said in a news release. "Focusing on the river's impact, the exhibit will travel to libraries, museums, community centers, colleges, archives and other venues."

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