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    HISTORY + CIVIL RIGHTS

    Black History Movies

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at West End Branch Library (BPL), Birmingham

    February 16 - February 23, 2017

    Black history is the study of African American history, culture, and accomplishments. Bring a friend, watch a movie, and learn about the many contributions blacks made to society.
     

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    Documentary Sunday - The World’s Most Enlightening Region by N.S. Xavier

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    March 5, 2017

    Documentary Sunday - The World’s Most Enlightening Region by N.S. Xavier

    Sunday, March 5, at 3 p.m. in the Large Auditorium

    In a world of...more

    Opening Reception for Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps Exhibit

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch, Birmingham

    March 5, 2017

    The public is invited to the Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps exhiibit in the Fourth Floor Gallery of the Central Library. The exhibit opens in the Fourth Floor Gallery of...more

    Graphic Means Preview Screening

    Presented by Design Week Birmingham & AIGA Birmingham at UAB Hill University Center Alumni Auditorium, Birmingham

    March 7, 2017

    AIGA Birmingham, Design Week Birmingham, and the Department of Art and Art History at UAB present a preview screening of Graphic Means, A History of Graphic Design...more

    The Fab Four

    at Alabama Theatre, Birmingham

    March 9, 2017

    If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute.

    The Emmy Award Winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other...more

    OLLI Bonus Program - Elections, Making Sense of It All

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    March 10, 2017

    OLLI Bonus Program - Elections, Making Sense of It All

    Friday, March 10, at 1 p.m. in the Large Auditorium

    Dr. Natalie Davis, Professor of...more

    White Birminghamians for Black Lives witness

    Presented by White Birminghamians for Black Lives at Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham

    December 30, 2016 - March 10, 2017

    White Birminghamians for Black Lives is a weekly gathering that takes place on Fridays at Kelly Ingram Park to bear witness to the truth that Black Lives Matter. It is an invitation and...more

    Civil War Living History

    Presented by Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Bessemer

    March 11, 2017

    Bring the family to get up close and personal with history!  Interact with Civil War soldiers and see them re-enact a skirmish at the Tannehill Ironworks. Kids can participate in a military...more

    Genealogy 101 - Digital Dixie

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    March 14, 2017

    Genealogy 101 - Digital Dixie

    Tuesday, March 14, at 11:30 a.m. in Room 101 (Lower Level) 

    Do you have ancestors from Virginia, Maryland,...more

    Booksigning with Carolyn Roberson

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    March 15, 2017

    Booksigning with Carolyn Roberson, Author of Where the Miracle Continues

    If you love horses, this program is for you! Local author Carolyn Roberson has been...more

    Birmingham Bar Foundation presents A Conversation with Dean Strang

    at Lyric Theatre, Birmingham

    March 16, 2017

    A conversation with Dean Strang of the Netflix documentary "Making A Murderer". The attorney will discuss the Steven Avery case and its broader implications.


    Revisiting Forgotten Alabama with Author Glenn Wills

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    March 17, 2017

    Come along on with author/photographer Glenn Wills as he describes his journey to document Alabama's forgotten and abandoned treasures. These images displayed in this book have been collected over...more

    Tannehill Trade Days

    Presented by Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Bessemer

    March 18 - March 19, 2017

    The third weekend of each month, from March through November, shoppers and swappers come from far and near to Tannehill Trade Days in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and...more

    Alabama Gun Collectors Association Spring Show

    Presented by Alabama Gun Collectors Association at Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) Exhibition Halls, Birmingham

    March 18 - March 19, 2017

    The Alabama Gun Collector's Association is presenting it's annual "Salute to Veterans" gun show. This gun show features firearms used by our veterans while they defended our liberties and firearms...more

    Niki Sepsas Presents Gibraltar - The Rock at the End of the World

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    March 22, 2017

    Niki Sepsas Presents Gibraltar - The Rock at the End of the World

    Tuesday, March 22, at 1 p.m. in the Round Auditorium

    The story...more

    Pre-Code Film Festival

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    March 23, 2017

    The five years between 1929 and mid-1934 was a period of loosened censorship that finally ended with the imposition of a harsh Production Code that would, for the next 34 years, censor much of the...more

    Antiques

    Presented by Samford Academy of the Arts at Samford University, Birmingham

    February 21 - March 28, 2017

    Explore the world of antiques and culture with an exciting new series taught by veteran instructor Daniel Brooks. Join fellow antiquarians as the Samford Antiques Class marks Brooks' 30th...more

    Alabama History from the Words of Alabama Authors

    Presented by OLLI of Greater Birmingham at Vestavia Hills Civic Center & Wald Park, Vestavia Hills

    March 7 - March 28, 2017

    OLLI of Greater Birmingham presents ALABAMA HISTORY FROM THE WORDS OF ALABAMA AUTHORS.  

    March 7: Jerry Armor, author of A Home For  Wayward Boys: The Early History of the...more

    Pre-Code Film Festival Tall, Dark and Dangerous Men

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    March 30, 2017

    Pre-Code Film Festival - Tall, Dark & Dangerous Men

    The five years between 1929 and mid-1934 was a period of loosened censorship that finally ended with the imposition...more

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL), Birmingham

    April 7, 2017

    This class is for beginning and intermediate quilters and includes basic quilting techniques as well as learning how to quilt sample blocks.
     


    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – How to Read and Interpret Maps of the Southeastern United States

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch, Birmingham

    April 8, 2017

    Do old maps enchant or intimidate you? Do the symbols intrigue or confuse you? This hands-on workshop explores the symbols and mapping conventions used on 19th and early 20th century maps to tell...more

    Batson Bladesmithing Symposium & Knife Show

    Presented by Alabama Forge Council at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Bessemer

    April 7 - April 9, 2017

    Collectors and knife enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the Symposium and learn firsthand how modern knives are forged and made.

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    8:00 - 12:00 pm: Demonstrations...more

    Cottontail Express

    Presented by Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum at Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera

    April 8 - April 15, 2017

    Hop aboard the Cottontail Express for a ride to Peter Cottontail's meadow! Join in the fun at the meadow as we hunt for Easter eggs. A bounce house, temporary tattoos, coloring station, and a...more

    Tannehill Trade Days

    Presented by Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Bessemer

    April 15 - April 16, 2017

    The third weekend of each month, from March through November, shoppers and swappers come from far and near to Tannehill Trade Days in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and...more

    19th Annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival

    Presented by Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival at St. Elias Maronite Church, Birmingham

    April 21 - April 22, 2017

    Two day event featuring food and culture of Lebanon. Authentic food including kibbee, grape leaves, tabouleh, grilled chicken, homus, baklawa and more. Dancing by our children performed on stage...more

    16th Annual Gardendale Magnolia Festival

    Presented by Gardendale Magnolia Festival and Gardendale Arts Council at Gardendale Civic Center, Gardendale

    April 21 - April 22, 2017

    Midway Carnival
    150 Vendor Booths
    3 Stages of LIVE Entertainment
    Pooch Parade
    5K Run/Fun Run
    Art Contest
    Car Show
    Free Art Classes
    Free Kids Zone...more

    Introduction to Genealogy

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at West End Branch Library (BPL), Birmingham

    April 25, 2017

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to do genealogical research? Then this class will help you get started on your genealogical journey. Don't take the journey alone, invite a...more

    Feast of Saint Mark Italian Festival

    Presented by Feast of Saint Mark

    April 29, 2017

    Saturday, April 29, 2017, will be our 6th annual Feast of Saint Mark Italian Festival (FOSM) in Birmingham, Alabama. For years, many people in the community have hoped for such a “festa” or...more

    Sylacauga Community Playhouse Production: The Miracle Worker

    Presented by Sylacauga Community Playhouse

    April 21 - April 30, 2017

    The Sylacauga Community Playhouse  will present William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker.  The production tells the story of young Helen Keller, deaf and blind since infancy, who finds her...more

    Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps Exhibit

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch, Birmingham

    March 1 - April 30, 2017

    Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps is an exciting new exhibit from the Birmingham Public Library. The exhibit opens in the Fourth Floor Gallery of the Central Library on...more

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL), Birmingham

    May 5, 2017

    This class is for beginning and intermediate quilters and includes basic quilting techniques as well as learning how to quilt sample blocks.
     


    Alabama Folk Fair

    Presented by Bessemer Hall of History Museum

    May 5 - May 6, 2017

    The Bessemer Hall of History Museum is pleased to present The Alabama Folk Fair.  This fair with a flair for feature handmade arts and crafts. Arts! Crafts! Live Music! Children’s...more

    44th Annual Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival

    Presented by Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Association at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Bessemer

    May 5 - May 6, 2017

    The Dulcimer is a long thin primitive instrument normally has one melody string and two drone strings. Gazebo performances will be on Friday May 5th, and Classes and open stage will be on Saturday...more

    Tannehill Trade Days

    Presented by Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Bessemer

    May 20 - May 21, 2017

    The third weekend of each month, from March through November, shoppers and swappers come from far and near to Tannehill Trade Days in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and...more

    Barber Historics

    Presented by Barber Motorsports Park at Barber Motorsports Park, Leeds

    May 19 - May 21, 2017

    The event will feature on-track racing action from museum quality racing cars including the IMSA GT series that thrilled fans between 1971 and 1993. Porsche 911RSR to 962, Datsun 240Z to Nissan...more

    22nd Annual Rickwood Classic

    Presented by Birmingham Barons at Rickwood Field, Birmingham

    May 31, 2017

    The Birmingham Barons and The Friends of Rickwood will welcome baseball fans back to historic Rickwood Field for the 22nd Annual Rickwood Classic presented by Levy's Fine Jewelry. The annual game...more

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL), Birmingham

    June 2, 2017

    This class is for beginning and intermediate quilters and includes basic quilting techniques as well as learning how to quilt sample blocks.
     


    21st Annual Down Home Psaltery Festival

    Presented by Paulette Lucas at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Bessemer

    June 9 - June 10, 2017

    Morning workshops and lessons on playing the psaltery. Afternoon performances by psaltery players, young and old, professional and amateurs.


    Father's Day Limited

    Presented by Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum at Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera

    June 17, 2017

    Make great memories with your Father and treat him to a day of fun this Father's Day on the Father's Day Limited! Take Dad on a relaxing one hour train ride through the scenic forests of Shelby...more

    Tannehill Trade Days

    Presented by Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Bessemer

    June 17 - June 18, 2017

    The third weekend of each month, from March through November, shoppers and swappers come from far and near to Tannehill Trade Days in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and...more

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – One for the Record Books: The English Census

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch, Birmingham

    June 24, 2017

    Searching for English ancestors? Genealogists know that census records are crucial to family history research, but there are some important differences between the U.S. Federal Census and its...more

    Fiddler on the Roof

    Presented by Red Mountain Theatre Company at Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, Birmingham

    June 9 - June 25, 2017

    When Jewish milkman Tevye’s daughter falls in love with a poor tailor rather than the middle-aged butcher chosen for her, the father strives to maintain "Tradition” in one of Broadway’s most...more

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL), Birmingham

    July 7, 2017

    This class is for beginning and intermediate quilters and includes basic quilting techniques as well as learning how to quilt sample blocks.
     


    Tannehill Trade Days

    Presented by Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Bessemer

    July 15 - July 16, 2017

    The third weekend of each month, from March through November, shoppers and swappers come from far and near to Tannehill Trade Days in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and...more

    Jazz House Poetry

    Presented by WordSpeak Literary Entertainment / We Are Rtists and REV Birmingham

    June 16, 2016 - July 20, 2017

    There is poetry, painting, opera! There will be amazing drinks (brought by You)!! This is the Ensley Your Grandparents remember.  The Ensley that is Alive with art!  The open mic at the...more

    Newsies

    Presented by Red Mountain Theatre Company at Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, Birmingham

    July 7 - July 30, 2017

    When a charismatic newsboy dreams of a better life from the hardships of the streets, he takes on a powerful and corrupt establishment in a David-versus-Goliath struggle. Seize the day with the...more

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL), Birmingham

    August 4, 2017

    This class is for beginning and intermediate quilters and includes basic quilting techniques as well as learning how to quilt sample blocks.
     


    Tannehill Trade Days

    Presented by Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Bessemer

    August 19 - August 20, 2017

    The third weekend of each month, from March through November, shoppers and swappers come from far and near to Tannehill Trade Days in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and...more

    Beginning Quilting

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Springville Road Regional Library (BPL), Birmingham

    September 1, 2017

    This class is for beginning and intermediate quilters and includes basic quilting techniques as well as learning how to quilt sample blocks.
     


    Tannehill Trade Days

    Presented by Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Bessemer

    September 16 - September 17, 2017

    The third weekend of each month, from March through November, shoppers and swappers come from far and near to Tannehill Trade Days in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and...more

    Ride the Calera & Shelby RR Train

    Presented by Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum at Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera

    March 18 - September 30, 2017

    Take a trip back in time as you board vintage railroad coaches restored to their former glory! The Calera & Shelby Railroad runs on a portion of the former L&N Alabama Mineral Railroad,...more

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