News and Newsletters
Our newsletters are published quarterly and provide members with up to date detailed progress on current projects and special events, as well as a preview of upcoming publications.
Our New Home on Highland – We have moved!
The Society and The Altamont
About our new home: The Altamont
Jacob E. Salie
Red Mountain Park – Up & Over Red Mountain
B.F. Roden & Associates Plan Clifton…in Shades Valley, 1886
Developing a Park at the Crest, 1890
Leasing the Park Site for Mining, 1903-1908
Ore Mining at Township 18 S.,R.2 W.
Subdividing the Park and Mine Site, Beginning in 1925
Birmingham’s Olmsted Legacy
About Frederick Law Olmsted & Olmsted Brothers
The Birmingham Legacy
Frederick Law Olmsted Observes the Future Site of Birmingham, 1853
Olmsted Brothers Plans a Park System for Birmngham
George Ward, The Birmingham Audubon, and the Wildflower and Bird Sanctuary at Vestavia
Celebrating Birmingham: The City Beautiful
and George B. Ward, its Champion
Celebrating Birmingham’s 150th Anniversary
“This Magic Little City” of 1873
The Emperor of Vestavia
Completing the Rail Link to Found Birmingham
Farming in Old Elyton: Making Sense of the Censuses
A Few Farms and Farmers in “Old Elyton,” 1850-1880
What Happened to Old Elyton’s Farms and Fashionable Residences
Rails to Trails: Celebrating the City Created at the Crossing of Two Railroads
The Cut that Created Birmingham
The Loop that Integrated Birmingham’s Iron Industry
The Club and Plans for Vulcan’s Iron Wonderland
Redeveloping the Railroad as the Kiwanis Vulcan Trail
Birmingham’s Cholera Epidemic of 1873
The Spanish Flu of 1918
Family Flu Stories from Trustees
Samuel Ullman and the Poem,”Youth”
True Tales: John T. Milner and the Making of Birmingham and Ross Bridge’s Journey from the Old South to Today
The Birmingham District – The 2020 Members Book
Stories from 2019 Family Favorites Cake Contest
What you (the members) think…Survey Results
Survey Response by Age Graph
Membership Tenure by Years Graph
Activity Participation in the Past Year
Likelihood to Recommend BHS
If BHS went away, what would be missing?
One thing BHS should start doing
One thing BHS should stop doing
Overall Opinion of BHS
Additional Thoughts to Share
Birmingham Foodways: Cultural Traditions in Home Gardens
About Grandmother’s Garden
About our Gardeners and Talk Leaders Grandmother’s Garden Planting Plant, Spring 2019
Shades Creek to Flow Freely Through Time at the Annual Meeting
2018 Nifty Fifties Cake Competition Winners
Heirloom Cakes Feature Your Faves
2019 Heirloom Cake Competition Entry Form
Annual Report to the Members: Accomplishments in 2018; Membership Updates
Planning the Future Greater Birmingham, 100 Years Ago; Shades Creek Book Inching to Press
Let Us Eat (Heirloom) Cake–Again!; 2017 Heirloom Cake Competition Winners
Grandmother’s Garden at Sloss Quarters Today and Yesterday; Sloss City Furnaces and the Sloss Quarters, 1880s; Sloss Furnaces and the Sloss Quarters, Early 20th Century; Site of Sloss Quarters, 1922; The Site of Sloss Quarters, 1930; Sloss Furnaces and the Quarters Site, 1950s; Sloss Shuts Down, 1972; Sloss Quarters Begin Again, 1983; Investigating Life in the Quarters, 2012.
Warren H. Manning: Environmental Planner and Landscape Architect
Ross Bridge Goes on the Record.
Let Us Eat (Heirloom) Cake … with Frances Robb. Society News. Second Saturdays at Sloss Walks and Talks for Spring 2017. 2017 Heirloom Cake Competition.
For Science and Humanity: Building Southern Research (2016 Members’ Book); Quinlan Hill’s Transition; How Does Our Garden Grow?; Artists in the Garden; Scanning; Easement Review.
Reminiscences on the Annual Meeting of 1976 and Getting the Society Running Again. Reflections on the Second Society’s Early Operations. A New Look at an Old Creek: Birmingham’s Shades Creek. The Other Giant on Southside. Society Calendar. Announcing Second Saturdays at Sloss.
Donald Dohrer of Auxvasse, Missouri thoughtfully preserved this 1915 promotional booklet, issued by the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and the Dixie Route railroads to encourage travelers to stop, enjoy and invest in our city. Thanks to Mr. Dohrer’s generosity, we are pleased to share with you this view of Birmingham a century ago.
The Confederate Monument in Linn Park
The Yankees Came: Wilson’s Raid Across Alabama and Georgia, March 22-April 20
Wilson’s Raid by Jim Bennett
Timeline of the War in the East, 1864-1865
Timeline of Wilson’s Raid Across Alabama and Georgia
The Spencer by Carol Slaughter
Major-General James Wilson’s Summary Report on the Raid
Major-General Edward Winslow’s Official Report of the Destruction Military Facilities of Selma
A Special Invitation to a presentation at Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens on April 14
Annual Meeting Salutes Bob Moody and His Vision of and for Our City
MOUNTAIN BROOK BOOK / EXHIBIT TO DEBUT AT EMMET O’NEAL LIBRARY APRIL 13; April Garden Workshop Features Common Cure-alls for Your Health; Veggie Garden to Feature Southern Soul Food
Annual Meeting Offers Sneak Peek at Newest Book, Gardening the Old-Fashioned Way, 2014 Officers and Trustees to Be Nominated
Our Next Volume …The Planning of Mountain Brook; Photographing the Mountain Brook Landscape; Improvements at the Duncan House; Artists in the Garden
SALUTE TO ’63, SATURDAY FEB. 2ND; Seeing the Scene.
ANNUAL REPORT TO THE MEMBERS 2012: ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2012; EVENTS COMING IN 2013
Exhibit Highlights Career of Civil Rights Attorney Shores
Arthur Shores Timeline: 1904-1996
Selected Cases of Attorney Shores
BEAUX ARTS IN BIRMINGHAM The Jemison Magazine: Birmingham and Mountain Brook, 1926-1930;
Daniel to Debut in September; Officers and Trustees to be Elected
The Birmingham Scene: Seldom Seen Artwork from the 1930s and 1940s. Artists and Their Work in the Birmingham Scene Exhibition.
Jemison Book Debuts: Forward-thinking Birmingham. Sky’s the limit. Growth, prosperity, promise, and innovation. A city on the rise, notable on the national scene. Vibrant and important. That’s the way our city looked in 1910.
New Exhibit to Open November 6 at the Library Gallery, Special Publication from the Archive: Two Industrial Towns: Pratt City and Thomas.
BRIDGING THE PARKWAY
A New Road for a New Era–“New” Montgomery Highway
Parks and Parkways: The Lake and Lakeshore Parkway
The Lakeshore Bridge-The R.H. “Bob” Wharton Bridge
What Is a “Functionally Obsolete” Bridge?
ANNUAL MEETING FEATURES TALK ON ARCHITECTURE
Local Ash Can Advocate to Be Featured
From Plantation to Suburban Community-The History of Smithfield and Dynamite Hill
Jemison Magazines to Be Re-issued
DEPRESSION-ERA MURALS LIVE ON
Where to See the Real Murals
Murals, Murals Artists
Historical Panorama of Alabama Agriculture
The Roads to Mountain Brook Talk
Naturalistic Design Philosophy
Digging Out of the Great Depression: Federal Programs at Work
The Alphabet Agencies
What New Deal landmarks remain?
A List of Major WPA Projects, 1935-1941
A Time to Celebrate Local Landmarks.
Election of Officers and Trustees
PRESERVATION AWARDS 2009
What is an heirloom plant? Why grow heirloom plants?
Sources of Seeds and Plants.
What We Do at Duncan House Garden. Heirloom Varieties Currently Grown at Duncan House Gardens.
Tips to Try a Home Garden This Year.
Lists of Most Common Vegetables, Annuals, Perennials, and Medicinal Herbs.
Architecture As Art-Drawings from the D. O. Whilldin Collection (1904-1962) at the Birmingham Public Library Archives.
About D. O. Whilldin.
About Thomas Mark Shelby, His Research, and the Forthcoming BHS Book.
About the Whilldin Collection at Archives.
Society Publishes Park Letters: Hand Down Unharmed-Olmsted Files on Birmingham Parks, 1920-1925.
Annual Meeting Salutes Our Hero: M.P. Phillips
Cataloguing School Closures
Models for Successful Reuse of Historic School Buildings
Turning On Alabama-An Exhibition of Images and Artifacts from the Collections of the Alabama Power Company and the Alabama Historic Radio Society at Birmingham Public Library
Hand Down UnHarmed-Olmsted Files on Birmingham Parks, 1920-1925, the Society’s forthcoming publication.
All Fixed for Fall-A Report from the Society’s Duncan House Garden.
PRESERVATION WORKS. 2007 Preservation Awards.
An Evening in Celebration of Parks and People: Looking at Birmingham’s Exciting Park Developments and a Talk with Tupper Thomas. Feb. 27, 2007.
The Society’s Olmsted Project.
The Caldwell of Caldwell Park.
Society News: Endowment Thriving; New Trustees and Officers to be elected.
Celebrating 40 Years of Historic Presevation. The Keynote Address to the Alabama Preservation Conference, By Richard Moe, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation,
Preservation Organizations in Birmingham,
Alabama Historical Commission: 40 Years of Educating and Preserving by Ellen Mertins, AHC Director of Outreach. (Originally published in and reprinted with permission of Design Alabama.)
Parks for Birmingham, Putting Flesh on the Bones of Birmingham’s Civil Rights History.
Revisit The Olmsted Vision and the Annual Meeting and the exhibit at the Botanical Gardens
Phillips High School: Can It Be a National Historic Landmark?
“Restore America”: Preservation Week 2005 Activities
2005 Preservation Award Winners
Reflections on Art of the New South: Women Artists of Birmingham—Talks for the Annual Meeting
The Olmsted Vision: announcement of the forthcoming exhibit and publication
Registering Civil Rights Resources
“New Frontiers in Preservation”: Preservation Week 2004 Activities
2004 Preservation Award Winners
The Houses We Live In—A Talk by Frances Robb at the Annual Meeting
Let’s Hear for “the Ladies” of the Birmingham Art Club
Name That Style!
About the Illustrator of Birmingham Homes: Cheryl Morgan
Birmingham Illustrated: The Variety of Styles in the Magic City
Quick. How many house styles can you name in the Birmingham area?
“Cities, Suburbs and Countryside”: Preservation Week 2003 Activities
2003 Preservation Award Winners
Theatrical Tales to be Told at the Little-Virginia Samford Theatre—Talks for the Annual Meeting
Birmingham Parks and Parkways: You Don’t Know What You Have
The Little Theater—A Brief History
Maps from the Collection of Rucker Agee Exhibition
Rucker Agee: The Man Behind the Maps
“Preserving the Spirit of Place”: Preservation Week 2002 Activities
2002 Preservation Award Winners
Motor on Over to the Motorsports Museum for the Annual Meeting
All Jazzed Up–J.L.Lown’s book on Birmingham Jazz Greats
Motorcycle Mania— a Look at the Barber Motorsports Museum
Discover Downtown Anew: Society Reissues The Discovery Tour
The Birmingham Public Library Archives Celebrates Twenty-five Years
Digging Deep—The Collections of the Birmingham Public Library Archives
Title That Treasure (architectural details of city center buildings)
“Renew, Restore, Rediscover Historic Schools”: Preservation Week 2001 Activities
Powell School and its Honoree—James P. Powell, Birmingham’s First Elected Mayor and Friend of Education
A Community Guide to Saving Older Schools
Alabama Architecture: Alice Bowsher’s new book
Aspiration Attained—Birmingham’s Historic Houses of Worshippublished and exhibited
Title That Treasure (churches and synagogues)
Vive Vulcan!: Long Live Our City Symbol – an exhibit and publication
National Trust for Historic Preservation lists Vulcan as an American Treasure
4th-6th Grade Teachers Receive 3,000 Vive Vulcan Packets
Vulcan and the Society