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WORTH REMEMBERING: An exhibit coming in May
The Birmingham History Center and Alabama Power Co. present a free exhibit of the city's history May 16-Aug. 8.


Thanks to the Alabama Power Co., selected artifacts from BHC's museum collection will be on display to the general public in a special, free summer exhibit beginning Friday, May 16 and runing through Aug. 8, at the power company's main office downtown. "We knew the History Center's exhibits had been (temporarily) stored and we wanted to be able to bring it out, and keep it fresh in the public eye," said APCO archivist Bill Tharpe, a member of the BHC board.

Visitors to the upcoming exhibit should check in at the front desk inside the power company's building entrance at 600 18th Street North, in the middle of the block. The exhibit will be open M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Currently on display in that space are modern and historic ceramic pieces drawn from the Alabama Craft Council's 2014 Clay Conference, celebrating Alabama's 2014 "Year of the Pot."   

The latest from 1807 Blog Avenue
A marble "mystery head" taken decades ago from the Elyton Cemetery has reappeared. Is it the work of Guiseppe Moretti? Some people think so, and the investigation is ongoing.  

Look what was hiding in someone's
garage for 35 years! Is this marble
head from the Elyton Cemetery the
work of Guiseppe Moretti? Student
intern Michelle Mandarino from
Jefferson County's IB school did
some detective work this semester
and produced this article on the
mysterious figure. Click here to
read this and other entries at 1807
Blog Avenue.

BUDDY was a success!
Fundraiser was fun--and cold 
Horn-rim glasses were part of the salute to the late Buddy Holly at the Virginia Samford Theatre's opening night of the Buddy Holly Story. Attendees are posing with smiles despite windy, 20-degree conditions. A BHC board member brought her '57 Thunderbird for the occasion. Click on GALLERIES button at the top of the page to view all the photos.
The Birmingham History Center has moved from the Young & Vann Building and temporarily closed the museum
The Birmingham History Center is pulling up stakes after Advance Media (al.com and The Birmingham News) leased the Young & Vann building--the museum's home since 2010--earlier this year.

On Nov. 1, the center moved museum exhibits into temporary storage and opened its offices into space adjacent to the Alabama Theatre.
         1807 Third Avenue North
          Birmingham, AL  35203
          (205)202-4146 -- unchanged
          bjhm@bham.rr.com -- unchanged

The center has ceased museum operations but will continue collections, the website, the bi-monthly newsletter, the blog (birminghamhistorycenter.wordpress.com), speaking engagements, and a new video contest for high school students, ZOOM BACK!, see below, at the new location.

The History Center will shift into a planning mode in the next 12 months as it considers options for acquiring a permanent site.
Who we are, What we do
BHC's The Birmingham History Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed in 2004 by a group of preservation-minded citizens who wanted a repository and exhibit platform for artifacts of local history. The museum in April 2010 opened exhibits at the historic Young & Vann building downtown, thanks primarily to a generous 10-year, $750,000 bequest from the Thomas E. Jernigan family foundation.

In October 2013, Y&V owners leased the entire property to Advance Media, parent company of The Birmingham News and al.com, which required the History Center and two other tenants to move. The History Center on Nov. 1 opened offices at 1807 Third Avenue North, adjacent to the Alabama Theatre. It will continue to operate a website, publish a blog and bi-monthly e-newsletter, administer a Facebook page and fulfill speaking engagements. Its museum is in temporary storage as it considers options for a permanent--and larger--site.

The organization today is governed by a 21-member board of directors and is staffed by an executive director and administrator. 

Photo:  BHC 2012 tour "Naked Birmingham" led by BPL archivist Jim Baggett. 
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