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Research, Publishing, & Education – Address Change

Birmingham has a very rich heritage and Birmingham Historical Society has been researching and publishing educational articles about Birmingham for 80 years. Established in 1942, the Society has published an impressive list of books about its neighborhoods, its origins, its industrial history, and its civil rights history among others. Want to know more? Join us! … Continue reading Research, Publishing, & Education – Address Change

Highland Avenue’s Historic Parks

When journalists write about the history of our city’s landmarks, the Society takes note, and appreciates their interest in Birmingham’s heritage. One recent example is Gabby Gervais’ article on 1/27/22 in Bham Now entitled, ”Discover the origin of the 3 unique parks in Highland Park”, in which she quotes BHS Director, Marjorie White. Today, part … Continue reading Highland Avenue’s Historic Parks

By Popular Demand!

The evening lecture at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens entitled, Celebrating Olmsted with Historian Laurence Cotton, on February 16th, filled overnight. In an effort to accommodate all those with an interest in attending, an additional lecture has been added at 10AM. Registration opens to the public at 5PM on Wednesday, January 19th.

Brock’s Gap as a Pedestrian Pathway per Hoover Developer

The mission of the Birmingham Historical Society includes supporting the preservation of historic landmarks and educating the community about their significance. This often requires field study, mapping, photography, and fact checking before informing owners and developers about their property’s history. Many times, owners are initially unaware of the historic significance of their property, but once … Continue reading Brock’s Gap as a Pedestrian Pathway per Hoover Developer

Birmingham becomes a Bird & Wildflower Sanctuary in 1927 thanks to Mayor George Ward

Today’s Alabama Audubon was organized in 1927 by Birmingham Mayor George Ward who was influenced by birdhouse salesman, Joseph Dodson. After purchasing a collection of his products for his private residence in Vestavia, Ward became an avid bird enthusiast. He solicited the help of Dr. H.E. Wheeler, who was a curator of the natural history … Continue reading Birmingham becomes a Bird & Wildflower Sanctuary in 1927 thanks to Mayor George Ward

Alabama NewsCenter shares Mayor George Ward’s story

Many thanks to the Alabama NewsCenter division of Alabama Power for sharing the story of George Ward’s contributions to the City of Birmingham with their customers. In their interest of highlighting ”…entrepreneurs doing innovative things, communities that make our quality of life so much better, and people doing things both great and small that make … Continue reading Alabama NewsCenter shares Mayor George Ward’s story

You’re Invited! Nov 1, 2021

Birmingham Historical Societyinvites you toAn Evening in Honor of George B. WardMonday, November 1, 20217:00 p.m. Strange AuditoriumatBirmingham Botanical GardensPROGRAMBy Marjorie WhiteSIGNING OF THE NEWLY RELEASEDBirmingham: The City Beautiful, Compliments of G. WardPublished by the Societywith the financial support ofThe Sterne-Agee FoundationMembers paid for 2021 may pick up their copy of the new release.Books not … Continue reading You’re Invited! Nov 1, 2021

Birmingham – The City Beautiful

Vestavia will be featured in Birmingham Historical Society’s newest book Birmingham: The City Beautiful, Compliments of George Ward. A publication celebration will be held on November 1 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.  The event is open to the public. The book will be available from Birmingham Historical Society, One Sloss … Continue reading Birmingham – The City Beautiful

CBS 42 News Brings Attention to Brock’s Gap Concerns

An interstate exchange is causing concern to Birmingham Historical Society members because of its impact upon the historic Brock’s Gap. A major mining area and a landmark of Birmingham’s founding, the nineteenth century site is currently a unique educational resource as well as a beautiful green space and nature trail. The hope is that interstate … Continue reading CBS 42 News Brings Attention to Brock’s Gap Concerns

Field of Dreams

Build it and they will come! Red Mountain Park is now a 1500 acre park with 15 miles of trails. But back then it was a former mining complex, and a ‘safe place’ that was healing and close to nature for Ishkooda resident Erwin Batain. Son of a miner, Batain cleared a path from his … Continue reading Field of Dreams

Ancestral Memories preserved in Birmingham’s Oak Hill Cemetery

Oak Hill Cemetery’s tour guide and historian, Wilhelmina Thomas, is featured in a podcast/blog entitled “Love Lives in This Place/The Order of the Good Death” Death is not frightening, according to Birmingham Historical Society Trustee Wilhelmina Thomas, who leads tours through the historic Oak Hill Cemetery. She is among a number of volunteers who dress … Continue reading Ancestral Memories preserved in Birmingham’s Oak Hill Cemetery

BHS concerns considered for Planned Parkway that could destroy Historic Landmark

It’s rewarding when the efforts of Birmingham Historical Society trustees to preserve a first-class historical site are not only recognized, but seriously considered by city leaders and developers in urban planning. Thanks to the research and site visits of BHS Director Marjorie White, and BHS Trustee and Hoover resident Birgit Kilbeka, plans for a 4 … Continue reading BHS concerns considered for Planned Parkway that could destroy Historic Landmark


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