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Parnell Visits Birmingham
Charles Stewart Parnell, the Irish Nationalist leader, visited Birmingham in 1872
Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891) is often considered to be, along with Benjamin Disreali and William Gladstone, one of the thre...
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Alabama Heritage, Number 116, Spring 2015
Check out the latest edition of Alabama Heritage magazine for a great article about the Birmingham H...Read More...
Can You Repeat That? for the holidays
Thanks to Brighthouse, our popular summer quiz show, Can You Repeat That? has been captured on video...Read More...
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"Fifty Years After" New History Center Traveling Exhibit
For many years the leaders and citizens of Birmingham approached significant anniversaries of the events of the mid-1960s with fear . . . fear that the national press would come back to remind the world of Birmingham's shame.  But then the leaders and citizens of the city decided instead to embrace those troubled times as a symbol for the world.  The Birmingham History Center's new traveling exhibit "Fifty Years After" explores the last five decades of Birmingham's history.  It is a city that has changed dramatically.  The smokestake pall of heavy industry has been replaced by a more diverse and less vulnerable economy.  There is a spirit of optimism in the air.  The magic has returned.

The latest from 1807 Blog Avenue

How Ambrose Bierce used a news item from Birmingham to write a short story.

In 1890, Ambrose Bierce, an author and journalist, famous for his short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," used a sensational news item posted from Birmingham, Alabama for a remarkable short story. 

Click here for the story.   

Grape shot, musket ball, ball bearing, or what?
The Avondale neighborhood is never out of the news, a hipster enclave sporting trendy shops to new restaurants and Birmingham's first "craft" brewery since the free-the-hops legislation. As such, businesses have mined the area's history to give historic continuity to their new creations. Avondale Brewing Company has adopted the park's former zoo exhibit, the circus elephant Ms. Fancy, as its mascot. The park itself underwent a $2.8 million re-construction in 2011. And not long ago, a Birmingham metal detector enthusiast dug up an artifact that recalls Avondale's legendary place in Civil War history--the site of Jefferson County's only blood shed in a military engagement. And we use that term loosely. Click here to read more. 
A current event
Showcasing History Center Artifacts

   Irondale Furnace artifacts from the History   
   Center's collection can be
found in a case at
   the M
ountain Brook City Hall.  The Irondale
   Furnace, located in present-day Mountain
   Brook, went into operation in 1863, producing
   pig i
ron for the Confederacy.  It was destroyed
   by fire and explosion by Federal troops during
   Wilson's Raid in March of 1865. 

Irondale Furnace, c.1864

                                  Irondale Furnace, c.1864

History Center artifact cases can also be found in the Alabama Theatre lobby and the lobby of the Tutwiler Hotel.


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