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    HISTORY + HERITAGE

    19th Annual Down Home Psaltery Festival

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

    June 12 - June 13, 2015

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

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    Tango in Paris: Argentine Milonga w/Tango Alabama

    Presented by Continental Bakery Downtown at Continental Bakery Downtown, Birmingham

    May 30, 2015

    Beth Nicholson of Tango Alabama and her tango enthusiasts will show us how it's done. Our upstairs loft will be open for table service and primo viewing while the dance floor in our downstairs...more

    Rail Safety Day

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

    June 4, 2015

    Free Train Rides & fun family activities!

    Alabama Operation LifeSaver, the Alabama Department of Transportation, and the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum co-sponsor Rail Safety Day at...more

    Opening Reception of 3 New Exhibitions

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

    June 5, 2015

    June 5 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    Please join us on Friday, June 5, 6:00 - 8:00 pm for the opening of three new exhibitions at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA)...more

    Public Lecture by artist Willie Cole

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

    June 5, 2015

    June 5 | 4:30pm

    Willie Cole, among the most noted American artists of his generation, is recognized for his potent and poetic sculptures, compositions, and...more

    Amuse Bouche Poetry for Dinner w/ Irene Latham, Barry Marks, and James Miller Robinson

    Presented by Continental Bakery Downtown at Continental Bakery Downtown, Birmingham

    June 6, 2015

    Another evening of dinner and poetry is upon us featuring local published and prize-winning poets:
    IRENE LATHAM
    BARRY MARKS
    and special guest
    JAMES MILLER...more

    Vulcan's 111th Birthday Bash

    Presented by Vulcan Park and Museum at Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham

    June 7, 2015

    Make plans to attend the BIGGEST Birthday Bash in Birmingham! Vulcan may be the world’s largest cast iron statue, but he still needs help blowing out his birthday candles! Join us as we host...more

    Three On a String

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

    June 13, 2015

    Welcoming back Birmingham's favorite trio, Three on a String, for an evening of "Good, Clean, Hilarious...more

    Beyond the Basics of Genealogy Workshop: Census and Sensibility Using and Interpreting U.S. Census

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

    June 13, 2015

    First taken in 1790, the U.S. census is probably a genealogist's most-used resource. Beginners and experts alike use the federal census as the starting point for their research. Learn the ins...more

    Mr. Will & Dutch: Alabama's Legendary Bankheads

    Presented by Tallulah Bankhead Tribute and Walker County Arts Alliance

    June 12 - June 13, 2015

    This story of Tallulah Bankhead’s life is told through the eyes of her sister, Eugenia Bankhead Hoyt.  Set at the time of Tallulah’s death in 1968, Eugenia begrudgingly recounts...more

    Local Author Signing Donald E. Wilson

    Presented by BAM! Publishing/Espresso Book Machine at Books-A-Million, Birmingham

    June 13, 2015

    Local Author Book signing, Saturday June 13th at 2:00 pm, BAM! Publishing and the Espresso Book Machine are proud to present local Birmingham Author Dr. Donald E. Wilson, Professor of History...more

    Sloss Furnace Presents The Role of Convict Leasing

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Five Points West Regional Library (BPL), Birmingham

    June 17, 2015

    The story of Alabama's convict leasing system, in effect from 1866 to 1928 (last state to outlaw this horrific system), is an infamous chapter in the state's history. Robert Patton, Alabama...more

    Escape Your Town with Brandon Smith

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

    June 18, 2015

    Join Brandon as he takes you on a look around the Birmingham area for quick and inexpensive fun trips!


    The Normandy Invasion…What If? With Niki Sepsas

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    June 18, 2015

    Join us as writer Niki Sepsas explores the Normandy Invasion. It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitler’s dream of Nazi...more

    To Kill A Mockingbird Page and Screen Night

    Presented by Barnes and Noble Booksellers at the Summit at Barnes & Noble at The Summit, Birmingham

    June 18, 2015

    Don’t Miss Out!

    Join in the discussion and activities all about Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill A Mockingbird, as we prepare for the release of the sequel, Go Set A Watchman, set...more

    Father's Day Limited

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

    June 20, 2015

    Treat Dad to a train ride through the forests of Shelby County!  See railroad artifacts, memorabilia, and books in restored depots, and visit the Railroad Signal Yard.  

    Dad...more

    Tannehill Trade Days

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

    June 20 - June 21, 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

    Birmingham Black Rodeo

    Presented by Southeastern Rodeo Association at Legacy Arena at the BJCC, Birmingham

    June 27, 2015

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    Ride the Calera & Shelby RR Train

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

    March 14 - June 27, 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

    “Selma to Montgomery: A March for the Right to Vote- Photographs by Spider Martin"

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

    March 3 - June 28, 2015

    In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights March, BCRI will display this important set of images from our collection. A March for the Right to Vote chronicles the Selma to...more

    Escape Your Town with Brandon Smith

    Presented by Birmingham Public Library at Avondale Regional Library (BPL), Birmingham

    June 29, 2015

    Join Brandon as he takes you on a look around the Birmingham area for quick and inexpensive fun trips. 


    Escape Your Town with Brandon Smith

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

    June 30, 2015

    Join Brandon as he takes you on a look around the Birmingham area for quick and inexpensive fun trips. 


    Mysteries of the Unseen World - IMAX

    Presented by McWane Science Center at McWane Science Center, Birmingham

    January 9 - July 8, 2015

    Mysteries of the Unseen World will transport audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in...more

    Hero Quilts

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

    July 10, 2015

    This will be an interactive workshop that explores the African American tradition of quilt making. Participants will create a quilt square using an applique technique to highlight their own...more

    Antique Engine & Tractor Show

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

    July 11, 2015

    Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park has more than 1,500 acres in three counties set aside for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. A miniature railroad chugs through the pines. From...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

    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

    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

    The Voting Rights Act @ 50 Series

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

    June 18 - August 6, 2015

    This three-part series educates audiences about the Voting Rights Act and its ongoing legal challenges.


    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

    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

    “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People”

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

    June 16 - August 31, 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...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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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