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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
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Can You Repeat That? for the holidays
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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

William Paul Pim

​Birimingham Cartoonist, Illustrator

William Paul Pim (1885-1950) was a newspaper cartoonist and illustrator famous for his "Baby Mine" syndicated cartoon series and his "Telling Tommy" children's books.  He lived and worked in Birmingham for 35 years.  The History Center has recently received a collection of his work.

Click here for his 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

The Birmingham History Center and the City of Mountain Brook have partnered to showcase the Center's artifacts in the City Hall lobby case.  The History Center will change out the exhibits three times each ye​ar. 

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

Click Here to View Answers to the Mountain Brook City Hall Case Quiz


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