Greg and Lisa Pace
Erin Coggins, Ed.S.
Greg and Lisa Pace have always had a love for history. Their past projects have included Civil War, War of 1812, English country of regent times and the Jacksonian era.
They have been involved in bringing many historical projects to life for a modern-day experience. Historical preservation is a top priority for them, along with education. They have served on numberous councils and assisted with many projects over the last two decades. At the present they serve on the Alabama 200 for the Bicenntennial in both cities of Tuscumbia and Courtland. They actively particpate with the Colbert County Historical Landmarks, Courtland Community Revitalization Committee and the Courtland Historical Association.
Lisa Pace currently serves on the board of directors for Belle Mont Mansion, Tuscumbia Historical Preservation Committee, and Tuscumbia Planning Commission.
Originally from downtown Tuscumbia, Alabama, Courtland stole their heart a few years earlier. They purchased the historic McMahon home located at 833 Hamilton and Courtland Streets. Built in 1928, the house is on the National Registry of historic places. This property was used as housing for the officers coming to the newly constructed Air Base while the barracks are being built in 1942.
They recently opened the Warbird Diner in Courtland . The Diner commemorates The Courtland Army Airfield which was constructed in World War II. There is also a Wall Service Heroes that veterans can sign in when visiting.
Erin Coggins fell in love with World War II as a college student doing a research paper for a communications course at the University of Alabama. The subject of the paper was WWII correspondent, Ernie Pyle.
Coggins is currently a journalism and history teacher at Sparkman High School in Madison County. She teaches a course on World War II and has participated in fellowships that have taken her study of World War II to Stanford University, Normandy, France and the Mediterrean Campaign area. She is a collector of World War II artifacts and an avid researcher of Ernie Pyle. She has been recognized for her history teaching by the VFW, American Legion and The University of Alabama: Award of Excellence in teaching history. She has written lesson plans on WWII and The Great Depression for national teacher resources.
Coggins' philoshopy of teaching history is to involve her students into as much hands-on learning as possible. Her students created the Voices of Service project that captures veterans' stories and publishes them on voicesofservice.org .
Coggins is orginally from Lawrence County, Alabama where her father, Odis Cartee, worked for the International Paper plant for 42 years.