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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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Honoring Dr. Bayard Tynes

(From left to right:  Fox deFuniak, BHC Co-President, Dr. Tynes, Garland Smith, BHC Co-President

In 2004, Dr. Bayard Tynes and six other community members founded the Birmingham History Center, dedicated to the collecting, preserving and presenting the comprehensive history of the Birmingham region.  He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for many years and became the chief fundraiser, personally accounting for over $1 million in contributions. 

He recently announced that he would be stepping down as the Chairman at the end of 2015 (remaining as Chairman Emeritus).  In order to show appreciation for his efforts, the Center asked our end of the year donors to send a check in his honor.  This campaign raised over $10,000.  At the January 2016 board meeting, we presented Dr. Tynes with a large symbolic check reflecting these donations.  Thank you Dr. Tynes for your dedication to our cause.

The latest from 310 Pythian Place

One Game, One Inning - The Major League Career of Birmingham Native Ernest Thompson Cox

Earnest T. Cox was born in Birmingham in 1894 and died there in 1974.  For one inning in 1922, he became baseball pitcher in the major leagues.   To read about his moment in the "Bigs," go to our blog page or click below.

Click here for the story 

1940s Tax Assessor Photographs
A donor recently brought in eighty-six tax assessor ph0tographs from the 1940s. The photos show buildings and billboards in the Birmingham area.  The tax assessor often installed a stand with the building's tax number in front of the building before taking the photograph.  The photo would then be attached to a file.

The photos are 4.25" x 2.5" inches and were probably taken using a Kodak Six-16 camera.   616 film was originally produced by Kodak in 1932.  It used the same format as that of 116 film but on a slimmer spool, for use in more compact cameras. The format was used in many other cameras such as the Kodak Brownie Junior and the Kodak Target SIX-16. The first "6" in the name refers to the number of frames that could originally be exposed on a single roll of film. The name was not changed when this was increased to eight exposures.This size film became less popular and was finally discontinued in 1984.

Go to our Gallery Page to view 30 of these photographs.  If you recognize some of the buildings or have a story to tell about them, please send us that information via e-mail at bjhm@bham.rr.com. 

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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