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    HISTORY + HERITAGE

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life in Pictures

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

    January 19 - April 19, 2015

    The Birmingham Museum of Art proudly honors the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this selection of photos from our collection, documenting his extraordinary life and work.

    The Museum itself has directly benefited from Dr. King’s struggle for equality. Founded in 1951 as a department of the City of Birmingham, the Museum was subject to the Jim Crow laws that variously ...more


    Book Signing with Jerry Armor, Author of A Home for Wayward Boys

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    April 2, 2015

    Join us as we welcome author Jerry Armor as he discusses his book, A Home for Wayward Boys. The books tells of the inspiring story of the Alabama Boys' Industrial School school, its leaders,...more

    Volunteer Vacation at Red Mountain Park

    Presented by Red Mountain Park at Red Mountain Park, Birmingham

    March 30 - April 3, 2015

    Beginning March 30th and running through April 3rd Red Mountain Park is hosting Volunteer Vacation! This year’s Volunteer Vacation is going to be a little different in that we are offering...more

    Cottontail Express

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

    March 28 - April 4, 2015

    Hop aboard for a ride to Peter Cottontail’s meadow. Join in the fun as we hunt for Easter eggs – you might win a prize! Jumpstation, temporary tattoos, coloring, and sandbox provide...more

    Red Mountain Park Welcomes Spring Breakers with Special Offer

    Presented by Red Mountain Park at Red Mountain Park, Birmingham

    March 13 - April 5, 2015

    Beginning Friday, March 13th and running through Sunday, April 5th, Park guests can receive $10 off any of the Park’s four Adventure Area activities—the Red Ore Zip Tour, Hugh Kaul...more

    Starch in their Petticoats

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

    April 11, 2015

    They were tough, resourceful, and ready for anything! Pioneers, homesteaders, professional gamblers, mail order brides ... these were some of the women who added their own particular shine to the...more

    17th Annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival

    Presented by Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival

    April 10 - April 11, 2015

    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

    Fossil Hunt

    Presented by Fresh Air Family

    April 11, 2015

    Join Fresh Air Family at one of the world’s most important fossil sites, so important, it may rewrite history! This site is so rich in fossils that paleontologists can study the behavior and...more

    Batson Bladesmithing Symposium & Knife Show

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

    April 10 - April 12, 2015

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

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

    Stories Remembered & Retold

    Presented by Birmingham Holocaust Education Center at Temple Beth-El, Birmingham

    April 12, 2015

    “Don’t forget, tell the world” was the last thing many Holocaust victims said before they were taken to their deaths. The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (BHEC) invites the...more

    Chasing Dreams: African Americans and the Perpetual Pursuit of Voting Rights

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

    April 16, 2015

    A Lecture by Dr. Charles McKinney, Associate Professor and Director of the Africana Studies Program, Rhodes College

    Hosted by the Birmingham Chapter of Rhodes College...more

    OLLI Bonus Program: Teddy Roosevelt’s Wild Daughter, Alice Roosevelt

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    April 17, 2015

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth was a chip off the old block of her tough, and sometimes controversial father, Theodore Roosevelt. What wild things did she do? Join us and learn for yourself about...more

    Live @ the Library

    Presented by Samford University Library

    April 17, 2015

    Samford University Library is excited to welcome Jerry Armor for Live @ the Library, April 17th, 6:30 p.m. Mr. Armor will be presenting his latest book, "A Home for Wayward Boys: the Early...more

    Tannehill Trade Days

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

    April 18 - April 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

    South of Gold Mountain

    Presented by Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation and Samford University at Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center - Samford University, Birmingham

    April 19, 2015

    South of Gold Mountain is an artistic interpretation, choreographed by H.T. Chen, Artistic Director, and Dian Dong, Associate Director, of the H.T. Chen Dance Center, based...more

    Gardendale Magnolia Festival

    Presented by Gardendale Magnolia Festival at Gardendale Civic Center, Gardendale

    April 24 - April 25, 2015

    Featured on Food Network and Cooking Channel! Voted Birmingham Parent magazine’s Family Favorite Fair/Festival 2014. 205-514-6799. The Total Family...more

    The Art of the Locomotive

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

    April 25, 2015

    Ken Boyd will be the speaker at the April 25 meeting of the Mid-South Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society to show some of his locomotive photography, talk about how he made...more

    Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals and Their Contemporaries

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

    January 30 - April 26, 2015

    The exhibition, organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art and sponsored by PNC, will be on view from January 30 - April 26, 2015, and will feature works by the greatest masters of the Dutch...more

    OLLI Bonus Program: All Aboard: A History of the Railroads with Jack Norris – Brown Bag Lunch

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    April 29, 2015

    Join us as acclaimed railroad speaker Jack Norris brings his "Lifelong Railroad Odyssey" to the library.  Norris takes the audience from his early obsession with railroads to his...more

    42nd Annual Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival

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

    May 2, 2015

    The annual dulcimer festival features dulcimer craftsman and musicians from across the country. The festival features a dulcimer making class and beginning and...more

    Historic Hollywood House Tour

    Presented by Hollywood Garden Club

    May 3, 2015

    The tour will take place on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year there are 4 historic homes lined up - 2 spanish and 2 tudors. This year's spectacular line-up of homes...more

    Above and Beyond the Call of Duty: The Medal of Honor with Niki Sepsas

    Presented by Homewood Public Library at Homewood Public Library, Homewood

    May 7, 2015

    Our country has awarded the Medal of Honor, our highest military award, to only about 3,400 recipients since the award was created. Of that number, fewer than 140 are alive today. This program...more

    A. H. Parker High School 115th Years Celebration

    Presented by A.H. Parker High School United Alumni Association, Inc. at Sheraton Hotel Downtown, Birmingham

    May 7 - May 10, 2015

    Arthur Harold Parker High School will be celebrating it's 115th Anniversary.

    Thursday, May 7th will be the Meet & Greet starting @ 6:30 pm

    Friday, May 8th, 8:00 pm-...more

    The Desert Song: Directed by Kristin Kenning

    Presented by Birmingham Music Club at Virginia Samford Theatre, Birmingham

    May 8 - May 10, 2015

     Broadway & The Birmingham Music Club, in conjunction with Patty McDonald, continues its return to Light Opera with this classic production. It will be directed by Kristin Kenning, who is...more

    Barber Historics featuring Lotus

    Presented by Barber Motorsports Park at Barber Motorsports Park, Leeds

    May 15 - May 17, 2015

    The Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) in association with ZOOM Motorsports and Barber Motorsports Park is pleased to announce the first annual Barber Historics featuring Lotus to be held on...more

    Tannehill Trade Days

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

    May 16 - May 17, 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

    Great Southern Gun & Knife Show

    Presented by Great Southern Gun & Knife Shows, LLC at Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) Exhibition Halls, Birmingham

    May 16 - May 17, 2015

    Ernie and Helen Bean of Great Southern Gun & Knife Shows, LLC have been in business 30 years producing high-quality shows that are consistently well attended by the public. Our hallmark of...more

    20th Annual Rickwood Classic

    Presented by Birmingham Barons at Rickwood Field, Birmingham

    May 27, 2015

    Since 1996 the Birmingham Barons have traveled back to historic Rickwood Field once a year to celebrate Birmingham's rich baseball past. The home of the Birmingham Barons from 1910-1987,...more

    Enduring Legacy - The Tuskegee Airmen Exhibition

    Presented by Southern Museum of Flight at Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham

    February 12 - May 30, 2015

    Enduring Legacy - The Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit features paintings and drawings by artist, Chris Hopkins. The collection is a visual narrative that records and pays tribute to the African-American...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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    “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

    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

    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

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