Category Archives: BIRMINGHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Want to enter? You must be a member – but – You can join On the Spot!

Cake vrs Pie Competition celebrates baked memories of the past. Dust off that old recipe and bake that cherished and memorable pie or cake! Bring it to the meeting at 4PM at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. We’d love to share it with you, along with the memories! And HERE’S how to join…

Here’s the entry form below. Be sure to include it with your entry!

2020 Cake/Pie Contest with memories and recipes

THE SWEETEST CONTEST TRADITION CONTINUES so…

LET US EAT CAKE..AND PIE TOO (if it’s your family fave, we’ll love it!)

What to Do:

  1. BAKE A CAKE, MAKE A PIE–either one or both if you can’t decide!
  2. FILL OUT THE ENTRY FORM (we savor your stories)
  3. DROP YOUR CREATION AT STRANGE AUDITORIUM, Birmingham Botanical Gardens for judging by 4 p.m.

CAKES VS. PIES–WHICH WILL TRIUMPH?!

  1. Pick a side. Cake? Pie?
  2. Prepare it just the way your mom/grandmother/best aunt did
  3. Fill out the backstory of your recipe–whose was it, your memories
  4. Include a copy of the recipe
  5.  Bring to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by 4 p.m. February 24 (the day of the meeting)

We’ll do the rest–judge, slice, share after the speakers

Questions? Call Carolanne Roberts at 205-999-6582

2020 ANNUAL MEETING

Birmingham Historical Society’s  ANNUAL MEETING

A Publication Celebration and Family Favorites Cake and Pie Contest

Monday February 24, 2020

7:00 p.m. Strange Auditorium at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

PROGRAM

  • 2020 and Beyond-Our Strategic Plan By Joe Limbaugh
  • Ross Bridge-The Old South Invests in the New By Birgit Kibelka
  • John T. Milner and the Making of Birmingham By Marjorie White

SIGNING OF THE NEWLY RE-RELEASED 

The Birmingham District-An Industrial History and Guide

The indispensable guide to the rise of area industry and communities

Re-Release of 1981 Publication for2020 Annual Meeting and Membership

Annual Strategic Planning, Ross Bridge, Birmingham Industrial District PLUS Pies and Cakes

Annual Meeting – February 24th at 7PM

“[Birmingham District-An Industrial History and Guide] may be the most useful book ever written about the history of Birmingham and Jefferson County.”

Clarke Stallworth, Associate Editor, Birmingham News, 1982

​The Birmingham Historical Society features speakers on Ross Bridge (from Old South to present) and a look at city father John Milner and the Making of Birmingham at its annual meeting February 24 at 7 p.m. in the Strange Auditorium at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 

​”The annual meeting will also explore a strategy plan for ‘2020 and Beyond,'” says Marjorie White, the Society’s executive director. “It is also our tradition to release or re-release volumes published by the Birmingham Historical Society. Additionally, this year our annual Heritage Cake Contest expands to include pies–following the judging, all attending members are invited to sample the creations.”

​ The 2020 meeting presents  a re-release of The Birmingham District-An Industrial History and Guide. “This 324-page volume with 377 illustrations is the indispensable guide to the rise of area industry and communities–in it you will find the cultures of iron ore mines, coal mines, and limestone quarries and of geological discoveries and enterprises that resulted.

​”First published in 1981, the re-release of this carefully crafted history of Birmingham industry is yet compelling and important to the understanding of our community’s growth.”

​  Members of the Society receive this year’s book as part of their membership benefits; for all other, the cost is $24.95).  

​Membership also includes the opportunity to enter the Family Favorites Cake and Pie Contest (entrants may join the Society onsite to participate). “We invite submissions of both cakes and now pies for the first time this year, all a manner of celebrating recipes passed down through families,” says White. “We uncover fascinating stories which harken back to when our ancestors used ‘oleo,’ and tested doneness with broom bristles.”

​She adds, “Anyone attending the meeting may join the Society for $40 a year, which includes invitations to events, newsletters and copies of all newly published books.”

​​The Birmingham District-An Industrial History and Guide] “invites the reader to join in the history of this place…the book gives precise locations of historical places and objects in the county.”

Clarke Stallworth, Associate Editor, Birmingham News, 1982

Shop at Shoppe!

Searching for that perfect holiday gift? Many of our BHS titles are now available at the Shoppe in Forest Park. Enjoy browsing among the gorgeous flowers and gifts to find them.

Our newest publication, Pretty Posies, is surrounded by gardening tools, the best gift ever for the gardener on your list.

Need a stocking stuffer for a golfer? How about BHS publication, “Golf in Birmingham before 1925”, along with assorted pocket tools. And the popular Bob Moody’s Birmingham is stacked among what could be described as a watercolor still life display of history titles and orchids.

A big thank you to the owners for contributing to BHS as Heritage Society members in addition to showcasing their appreciation for the history of our community! Please drop by and support them!