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“Young World” Comes to Alabama Department of Archives and History

Memorabilia from popular children's program "Young World" have come to the Alabama Archives! Check out our video to learn more about this great, new exhibit.

If you have lived in central Alabama for any amount of time, then you might have heard about “Young World,” a popular children’s program that ran on WSFA-TV in the 1970s and 1980s. It featured Marge Payne as the host, Clydetta Fulmer as Payne’s assistant, and a host of other guest stars. We even got to speak with Art Williams, who made his first appearance on the show at eight years old. He would go on to be a regularly occurring guest of “Young World,” and maintained a relationship with Payne for many years after the show ended.

A new exhibit featuring Williams’ collection of “Young World” memorabilia is set up at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. It debuted last week, and the organization is having events to commemorate the new addition; you’ll be able to see it until October, when they plan on cycling the presentation out. Williams allowed the Archives to clean up his collection for display, which means you’ll never get a better opportunity to see all the puppets and props. They look fantastic!

Speaking of events – they’re also holding a Young World Screening this summer featuring actual episodes of the show. That’s set for July 14 at 10 a.m. and should bring back lots of memories for everyone. If you’ve never heard of “Young World,” then take this as a great opportunity to learn more about it. The show was a staple for children in the area and is prime viewing for anyone looking to get a little more appreciation out of our collective, Alabama history.

If you’d like to get a more up-close view of the action or want to learn more, click on our video up above. We talked to Williams and Fulmer about their time on the show, and they were more than happy to share.