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Heritage Society enjoys the Bush-Hill-Cooley Home

One of the most anticipated Birmingham Historical Society events each year is the annual Heritage Society party. It often features one of Birmingham’s most magnificent historic mansions and this year was no exception, with the Bush-Hill-Cooley residence. Local architectural firm, Warren, Knight, & Davis, was hired by Morris Bush soon after his marriage in 1920 … Continue reading Heritage Society enjoys the Bush-Hill-Cooley Home

100th Birthday Observance of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth

Historic Bethel Baptist Church, in conjunction with the Greater New Light Baptist Church of Cincinnati, Ohio, will celebrate the 100th birthday of Freedom Fighter, Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth, on March 18, 2022. The event will originate out of Cincinnati but will be simulcast in Birmingham. Dr. Carolyn Shuttlesworth, Reverend Shuttlesworth’s youngest daughter, will be in Birmingham for the event.  Bethel Pastor Thomas L. Wilder … Continue reading 100th Birthday Observance of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth

Colored Masonic Temple – A Step Back in Birmingham’s Civil Rights History

Attached is exclusive video from inside the Colored Masonic Temple, also known as the ”Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Alabama”, courtesy of photographer Hunter Stone at Leeds Sign. He has been working with the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Alabama, for several weeks on a historical documentary … Continue reading Colored Masonic Temple – A Step Back in Birmingham’s Civil Rights History

Slossfield, Midwifery, and Birmingham Historical Society – Then & Now

At its annual meeting on February 28th, the Birmingham Historical Society celebrated its 80th year. James White first shared a report on its financial history and its founders, as well as the current safeguards that protect its financial future. The Society’s stated goals of research, publication, and education often provide new owners with information that … Continue reading Slossfield, Midwifery, and Birmingham Historical Society – Then & Now

Celebrating 150 Years of Religious & Civic Growth: A Panel Discussion

“Sacred Spaces, Civic Places,and the Building of a Magic City” February 27, 20223:00PM to 4:30PMFirst United Methodist Church Sanctuary518 19th Street NorthBirmingham, AL 35203 Panelists: Pam King, Assistant Professor of History and Historic Preservation, UAB Dept of History (retired) Jim Baggett, Head, Archives Department, Birmingham Public Library Barry McNealy, Historical Content Expert, Birmingham Civil RIghts … Continue reading Celebrating 150 Years of Religious & Civic Growth: A Panel Discussion

The Life and Legacy of the Olmsted Family by Laurence Cotton, Historian

As part of a series of nation-wide, year-long events celebrating the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and the Olmsted family of landscape architects, historian Laurence Cotton presented a lecture detailing their impact at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens on February 16th. Consulting producer on the PBS film, Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, Cotton had not only … Continue reading The Life and Legacy of the Olmsted Family by Laurence Cotton, Historian

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


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