Ross Bridge – Remnants of the Civil War Era

The 2020 annual meeting focused on a portion of Shades Valley originally developed for the South & North Alabama Railroad which is now in the Ross Bridge community. A beautifully designed stone culvert, c. 1864, which bridged Shades Creek is all that remains of the original railroad causeway designed to bring iron ore from the Oxmoor Furnaces to Confederate arsenals.

A project of one of Birmingham’s important pioneers, John T. Milner, his railroad led to the founding of Birmingham in December of 1871. Several descendants of Milner’s attended the meeting along with an audience of over a hundred. The history of the area was presented by BHS Director, Marjorie White, and the construction of the bridge was illustrated and discussed by Birgit Kibelka.

The meeting began with a presentation of the strategic plan for BHS by Joe Limbaugh, and was followed by a ‘taste testing’ of eighteen cakes and pies based on a memorable family recipe, organized by Carolanne Roberts. Each entry was accompanied by a family history or story, and many had been baked annually for special occasions or presented as gifts for years!

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

Historical Research, Publishing, and Education