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Grandmother’s Garden at Sloss

This Facebook video created by Lisa Jones of Jefferson County – Alabama Extension – shares details surrounding the beginning and evolution of Grandmother’s Garden at Birmingham Historical Society’s headquarters at Sloss Quarters. Narrated in part by BHS Director, Marjorie White, the video also pays tribute to retiring longtime Urban Regional Jefferson County extension agent, Sallie … Continue reading Grandmother’s Garden at Sloss

This Old House Research

The research volunteers at Birmingham Historical Society are committed to providing education not only about Birmingham’s history, but generic information that’s useful to everyone. So BHS was delighted to hear from a youth services librarian and educator at G.A.T.E. DENVER CHILDREN’S COALITION who was able to use our online resources and educational programs for a … Continue reading This Old House Research

Coming Soon – Tour of Avondale Churches

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 Historic Houses of Worship: AvondaleA Walking and Driving TourLed by David R. Bains, PhDSunday, April 5, 2020, 1:30-4:00 p.m. Several Avondale churches built in the 1880’s still remain and have been joined by others in this thriving residential community established in 1884. See the map below for the … Continue reading Coming Soon – Tour of Avondale Churches

And the Winner Is….

The annual BHS cake/pie competition was a huge success with eighteen entries and just one more cake than there were pies. Oh my! It was hard to choose! There were pound cakes, there were tea cakes, chocolate, caramel, and even a büche de noel. The stories behind them were as good as the cakes! But … Continue reading And the Winner Is….

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

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: BAKE A CAKE, MAKE A PIE–either one or both if you can’t decide! FILL OUT THE ENTRY FORM (we savor your stories) DROP YOUR CREATION AT STRANGE AUDITORIUM, Birmingham Botanical Gardens for judging by … Continue reading 2020 Cake/Pie Contest with memories and recipes

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 … Continue reading 2020 Annual Meeting

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

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 … Continue reading Shop at Shoppe!

Flash Sale! Coming Soon!

FLASH SALE of Birmingham Historical Society titles; $10-$20 per book. Great gifts for holiday giving (or gifting to yourself). Titles range from Bob Moody’s Birmingham (watercolors) and Shades Creek-Flowing through Time; Tall Tales (of Birmingham) and Pretty Posies-Powerful Healing; Digging Out of the Great Depression, Art of the New South AND MANY MORE. Details: Saturday, … Continue reading Flash Sale! Coming Soon!

Pretty Posies “Rainy Day” Garden Party, Sunday Oct 13th, 2019

Pretty Posies publication principals: artists/illustrators, author and editor, left to right: Gardener, Editor, & BHS Director, Marjorie White; Illustrators, Ellen Erdreich, Sumter Coleman; Herbalist and author, Antonia Viteri; Illustrators, Gail Cosby, Louise McPhillips, and Jane Reed Ross….and Mary Virginia Rushing and her sister sampling the lavender. Barbara Shores is presiding over the Lemon Balm and … Continue reading Pretty Posies “Rainy Day” Garden Party, Sunday Oct 13th, 2019

Sunday, October 13, 3-5PM

Sunday, October 13, 3–5 p.m.—Garden Party, Publication Celebration, and Exhibit of watercolors from Pretty Posies, Healing Powers–An Herbal Primer by featured artists Sumter Coleman, Gail Cosby, Ellen Erdreich, Louise McPhillips, and Jane Reed Ross, all Birmingham residents. Grandmother’s Garden at Sloss Quarters, 10 North 32nd Street. October 15–November 30—Watercolors from Pretty Posies, Healing Powers–An Herbal … Continue reading Sunday, October 13, 3-5PM


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