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    HISTORY + HERITAGE

    Independence Day at the American Village

    Presented by American Village at American Village, Montevallo

    July 4, 2015

    On this July 4th we honor the founders who pledged their “lives, fortune, and sacred honor” when they signed the Declaration of Independence. They boldly declared as self-evident “truths” that life and liberty are given to us by our Creator, not by government or man. They asserted the revolutionary principle that government is granted its powers only by the consent of the people.

    Today we also ...more


    Toby Richards, Artist-In-Residence, Birmingham Museum of Art

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

    July 14, 2015

    Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing, or capping it. Learn the history of shibori, discuss different...more

    The Voting Rights Act @ 50 Series: Restoring Your Right to Vote

    Presented by Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham

    July 16, 2015

    This is the second of a three-part series that educates audiences about the Voting Rights Act and its ongoing legal challenges.


    Woodward – The Short Railroad that Built a Long Company in Birmingham

    Presented by Mid-South Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society

    July 18, 2015

    Woodward – The Short Railroad that Built a Long Company by John Stewart.  Come and learn about the Woodward Iron Company’s Railroad, as well as the company and some of its...more

    Tannehill Trade Days

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

    July 18 - July 19, 2015

    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

    Escape Your Town with Brandon Smith

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Powderly Branch Library (BPL), Birmingham

    July 24, 2015

    Have you ever wanted to escape Birmingham for a day? Experience something unique and inspiring? And not spend a fortune? If so, you will want to attend this program in which travel enthusiast...more

    Summer Art Camp: Passport to Fun! (ages 5 - 8)

    Presented by Shelby County Arts Council at Shelby County Arts Council Gallery, Columbiana

    July 20 - July 24, 2015

    Our 2015 Summer Camp will focus on artists from around the globe!

    Get your passport stamped in Italy, France, Japan, Mexico and beyond! 

    Taught by Professional...more

    Wild West Day

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

    July 25, 2015

    Round up your family and take a journey back to the Wild West! Watch Out! The Black Hat Gang is on the loose! Word on the street is they are looking for a train to rob! Don't worry, we'll have the...more

    Focus I: Identifited

    Presented by Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) at UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA), Birmingham

    June 5 - July 25, 2015

    The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts is pleased to announce FOCUS, a new series of exhibitions that will spotlight local and regional art collections. The Southeastern United States...more

    Community of Readers Literacy Program

    Presented by Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham

    July 31, 2015

    Families are invited to BCRI's Community of Readers program for books, crafts and snacks.  Reservations are suggested at 205-328-9696 x 249.


    Willie Cole: Transformations

    Presented by Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) at UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA), Birmingham

    June 5 - August 8, 2015

    Willie Cole, among the most noted American artists of his generation, is recognized for his potent and poetic sculptures, compositions, and installations. Transforming everyday objects such as...more

    The Freedom Exhibition: Two Countries/One Struggle

    Presented by Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) at UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA), Birmingham

    June 5 - August 8, 2015

    The Comparative Civil Rights Photography of Spider Martin and Peter Magubane
    American Segregation and South African Apartheid
    50th Year Commemoration of the 1965 Voting Rights Act...more

    Inherited Scars: A Meditation on the Southern Gothic

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham

    April 2 - August 9, 2015

    Throughout the spring 2015 semester, University of Alabama at Birmingham students from Photography in the South course have studied photographs made in and about the South. The curriculum...more

    Tannehill Trade Days

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

    August 15 - August 16, 2015

    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

    Amelia Earhart and the Pursuit of a Dream with Niki Sepsas

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    August 21, 2015

    Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set many...more

    Celebrate America!

    Presented by American Village at American Village, Montevallo

    June 1 - August 21, 2015

    Come for red, white and blue all-American family FUN this summer at the American Village! Step back in time and become part of the great American journey for independence and self-government. Meet...more

    Introduction to Native Plant Conservation

    Presented by Birmingham Botanical Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

    August 22, 2015

    The flora of Alabama is one of the richest in the country, which underscores the importance of conserving our plants and their habitats. This course is a general introduction to plant...more

    Tannehill VolksJam

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

    August 29, 2015

    We are a local Birmingham group of VW owners who get together and enjoy our VW's. WE ARE NOT A CLUB, rather individuals who have a good time! We all own a variety of VW's ranging from Beetles,...more

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy: What Time is it? Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Context

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

    August 29, 2015

    Travel through time with your ancestors to find what their lives may have been like and discover untapped sources. Locate contemporaries of your ancestor to determine what people and events...more

    24th Annual Labor Day Celebration and Moon Pie Eatin' Contest

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

    September 7, 2015

    On Labor Day you can participate in Alabama’s largest moon pie eating contest and compete for prize money in both children and adult categories. Across the park, the United Mine Workers hold...more

    “The Roma – Photographs by Karen Graffeo”

    Presented by Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham

    July 13 - September 13, 2015

    Photographer Karen Graffeo has garnered unprecedented access into the everyday lives of the Roma people in Eastern Europe. Through her images, she seeks to give insight and understanding to an...more

    Alabama Forge Council Annual Blacksmithing Conference

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

    September 12 - September 13, 2015

    The Alabama Forge Council is a non-profit organization that promotes the knowledge of Blacksmithing skills and works to promote the continued re-discovery of the art of Blacksmithing.The AFC is an...more

    The World's Greatest Fair - documentary

    Presented by Hoover Public Library at Hoover Public Library, Hoover

    September 14, 2015

    It was the beginning of what Teddy Roosevelt called "the American century". The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair was intended to be the biggest and best World's Fair ever. And it was. This engaging...more

    “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People”

    Presented by Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham

    June 16 - September 20, 2015

    The exhibition weaves the story of W.C. Patton with the story of the struggle for voting rights in the United States throughout the
    20th century. Patton’s commitment to voter education and...more

    Tannehill Trade Days

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

    September 19 - September 20, 2015

    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

    Breakfast Trolly Tours

    Presented by Alabama Constitution Village

    June 15 - September 26, 2015

    Enjoy a muffin and coffee on a vintage-inspired trolley bus traveling through downtown Huntsville and the Twickenham historic district. Tours depart from Alabama Constitution Village, 109 Gates...more

    Ride the Calera & Shelby RR Train

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

    March 14 - September 26, 2015

    RIDE THE TRAIN! The golden age of railroads and the rich heritage of the people who built and operated them come together at the Heart of Dixie, the official railroad museum for the state of...more

    Journey to Space - IMAX

    Presented by McWane Science Center at McWane Science Center, Birmingham

    February 20 - September 30, 2015

    Through visually stunning imagery, and in collaboration with leading space experts, Journey to Space showcases the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on and the...more

    UAB Writers' Series Presents Greg Fraser and Chad Davidson

    Presented by UAB English Department at UAB - Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, Birmingham

    September 30, 2015

    UAB presents a free double reading of Greg Fraser and Chad Davidson. 

    Gregory Fraser is the author of three poetry collections: Strange Pietà (Texas...more

    Tannehill Trade Days

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

    October 17 - October 18, 2015

    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

    Black Like Who?

    Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham

    July 11 - November 1, 2015

    Drawing on the Museum’s collection and select loans from local private collectors, Black Like Who? explores depictions of the black race in American Art from the early 19th century to...more

    Tannehill Trade Days

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

    November 21 - November 22, 2015

    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

    Ocean Oasis - IMAX

    Presented by McWane Science Center at McWane Science Center, Birmingham

    June 15 - November 30, 2015

    Ocean Oasis, a giant-screen film, is a fascinating journey into the bountiful seas and pristine deserts of two remarkably different, but inextricably linked worlds — Mexico’s Sea of...more

    Horses - IMAX

    Presented by McWane Science Center at McWane Science Center, Birmingham

    June 15 - November 30, 2015

    Horses takes you on a spectacular journey through Argentina, British Columbia, Chile, Mexico, Morocco, Spain and Texas to meet vaqueros, gauchos, baqueanos and cowboys – all part of a...more

    Introduction to Genealogy

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

    January 18 - December 20, 2015

    Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey. No registration is required. The same content will...more

    “American Boricua: Puerto Rican Life in the United States”

    Presented by Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham

    September 28, 2015 - January 10, 2016

    American Boricua is the first modern visual history of Puerto Rican life in all 50 states of the U.S. Wanda is traveling throughout the country to interview and photograph Boricuas who live, work,...more

    UAB Writers' Series Presents Tim Parrish

    Presented by UAB English Department at UAB - Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, Birmingham

    March 9, 2016

    Tim Parrish presents a free reading at UAB. Parrish is the author of three books: Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a Memoir (University Press of...more

    Alabama Mining Museum

    Presented by Alabama Mining Museum at Alabama Mining Museum, Dora

    Ongoing

    Focusing on the total concept of coal mining in Alabama from 1890 to 1940. In 1984 the Alabama Mining Museum was designated by the Alabama State Senate as "The Official State Coal Mining...more

    Alabama Veterans Memorial

    Presented by Alabama Veterans Memorial Park at Alabama Veterans Memorial, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    The Alabama Veterans Memorial is far more than just a park... It is a message from all Alabamians, recognizing the price of freedom and peace.

    Amid peaceful Alabama woodlands, you can...more

    Bessemer Hall of History

    Presented by Bessemer Hall of History Museum at Bessemer Hall of History , Bessemer

    Ongoing

    The Bessemer Hall of History offers something for everyone. Plan to visit the Hall soon to "relive" the history of the area through photographs, machinery, books and many other...more

    Alabama Museum of Natural History

    Presented by Alabama Museum of Natural History at Alabama Museum of Natural History, Tuscaloosa

    Ongoing

    Experience the natural diversity of Alabama through exhibits from the Age of Dinosaurs, the Coal Age, and the Ice Age. View the extensive displays of geology, zoology, mineralogy, paleontology,...more

    Birmingham History Center

    Presented by Birmingham History Center at Birmingham History Center, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    The Birmingham History Center collects and preserves an array of historic objects, books, clothing, photographs, machinery, documents and other items of historic significance to Birmingham and...more

    Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

    Presented by Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    Dedicated to the presentation, interpretation, exhibition and history of motorcycles, vintage vehicles and motorsports. Home to the world's best motorcycle collection, the museum now has over...more

    Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens

    Presented by Arlington Historic Home and Gardens at Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    Arlington is a fine example of Greek Revival architecture dating from the 1840s. The house was built by Judge William S. Mudd, one of the ten founders of Birmingham. The house is furnished with a...more

    Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington

    Presented by Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington at Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington, Columbiana

    Ongoing

    The Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington collection focuses on art and artifacts from the colonial period through 1865. The collection contains paintings, letters, furniture, porcelain,...more

    Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

    Presented by Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame at Carver Theatre, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    This art-deco museum honors great jazz artists with ties to the state of Alabama. While furnishing educational information, the museum is also a place for entertainment. Exhibits convey the...more

    Jesse Owens Memorial Park and Museum

    Presented by Jesse Owens Memorial Park at Jesse Owens Memorial Park, Danville

    Ongoing

    In the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, a single man captured the attention of the world, winning 4 gold medals, an Olympic first. Sixty years later, thousands gathered to honor this man with the...more

    Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

    Presented by Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham

    Ongoing

    The mission of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) is to promote civil and human rights worldwide through education. BCRI presents an in-depth look at the Civil Rights Movement through...more

    History Matters! Lecture Series: NEW DEAL WITCH HUNT: Civil Liberties during the Roosevelt and Truman Administrations

    Presented by Tuscaloosa Museum of Art: Home of the Westervelt Collection at Tuscaloosa Museum of Art: Home of the Westervelt Collection, Tuscaloosa

    Ongoing

    featuring DR. DAVID BEITO - Dr. Beito is the author of Taxpayers in Revolt: Tax Resistance during the Great Depression (1989); From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social...more

    Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. Museum & Archives

    Presented by Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. at Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. Museum & Archives, Columbiana

    Ongoing

      The Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. is dedicated to the discovery, collection, and preservation of all things related to the history of Shelby County Alabama; to the encouragement,...more

    Heritage Hall Museum

    Presented by Heritage Hall Museum at Heritage Hall Museum, Talladega

    Ongoing

    Heritage Hall, located in the heart of Talladega's historic Silk Stocking District, has been open to the public since 1983. Housed in the former Jemison-Carnegie Public Library building originally...more

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