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October 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Second Saturdays at Sloss Walks and Talks in Grandmother’s Garden, 10 32nd Street North
Solomon's Seal: Appalachia's Secret Soother
Herbalist Antonia Viteri will demonstrate making an herbal oil infusion from this herb that grows profusely in the Birmingham area and whose recorded healing qualities date back 3,000 years.

October 22, 5 p.m.
Talks, Tours, and Tastings
Meet at the Theodore, 3211 2nd Avenue South, to tour the former Swann Chemical Company Laboratory, soon to reopen as an event venue, and the Back Forty brewery and restaurant in the recently renovated Sloss Docks, 3201 First Avenue North, for a tour and tasting followed by a Dutch-treat supper. Come meet our new neighbors!

November 5-9
The 2018 members' publication, Warren H. Manning’s City Plan of Birmingham, will be mailed (priority) to members paid for 2018. Please let us know if you DO NOT receive your book by calling (205) 251-1880 or emailing bhistorical@gmail.com.

November 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Second Saturdays at Sloss Walks and Talks in Grandmother’s Garden, 10 32nd Street North

Elderberries: Esteemed Remedy
Herbalist Antonia Viteri will demonstrate how to make elderberry syrup, a tasty and healthy concoction considered particularly beneficial at the approach of the coughs, colds, and flu season, from berries in our garden.

About Grandmother's Garden
Located adjacent Birmingham Historical Society's 1905 house in Sloss Quarters, where industrial workers once lived and raised their food and medicine chest, the garden recreates a home garden of the early 20th century, the days before commercial fertilizers, hybrid seeds, and highly mechanized practices. Then and now, plots separated by gravel walks are laid out for a family's vegetables, kitchen and medicinal herbs, fruits, and flowers. Sallie Lee is a horticulturalist who serves as an Urban Regional Extension Agent for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, working with homeowners and school and community groups, such as Grandmother's Garden. Antonia Viteri is an architect, landscape architect, and herbalist with certificates in Herbal Studies in California and from Alabama herbalist Phyllis Light of Arab.

Sponsored by Birmingham Historical Society and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System with the support of Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark.

All programs are free of charge.

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News and Newsletters


  • October 2018
    Planning the Future Greater Birmingham, 100 Years Ago; Shades Creek Book Inching to Press

  • January 2018
    Let Us Eat (Heirloom) Cake--Again!; 2017 Heirloom Cake Competition Winners

  • November 2017
    Accomplishments 2017; Founding The Society 1942; Keeping Busy; Publishing; Building A Digital Collection

  • October 2017
    Grandmother's Garden at Sloss Quarters Today and Yesterday; Sloss City Furnaces and the Sloss Quarters, 1880s; Sloss Furnaces and the Sloss Quarters, Early 20th Century; Site of Sloss Quarters, 1922; The Site of Sloss Quarters, 1930; Sloss Furnaces and the Quarters Site, 1950s; Sloss Shuts Down, 1972; Sloss Quarters Begin Again, 1983; Investigating Life in the Quarters, 2012.
  • September 2017
    Warren H. Manning: Environmental Planner and Landscape Architect

  • June 2017
    Ross Bridge Goes on the Record.

  • February 2017
    Let Us Eat (Heirloom) Cake ... with Frances Robb. Society News. Second Saturdays at Sloss Walks and Talks for Spring 2017. 2017 Heirloom Cake Competition.
  • September 2016
    For Science and Humanity: Building Southern Research (2016 Members' Book); Quinlan Hill's Transition; How Does Our Garden Grow?; Artists in the Garden; Scanning; Easement Review.

  • January 2016
    Reminiscences on the Annual Meeting of 1976 and Getting the Society Running Again. Reflections on the Second Society's Early Operations. A New Look at an Old Creek: Birmingham's Shades Creek. The Other Giant on Southside. Society Calendar. Announcing Second Saturdays at Sloss.

  • November 2015
    Donald Dohrer of Auxvasse, Missouri thoughtfully preserved this 1915 promotional booklet, issued by the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and the Dixie Route railroads to encourage travelers to stop, enjoy and invest in our city. Thanks to Mr. Dohrer's generosity, we are pleased to share with you this view of Birmingham a century ago.
  • July 2015
    The Confederate Monument in Linn Park
  • March 2015
    The Yankees Came: Wilson's Raid Across Alabama and Georgia, March 22-April 20
    Wilson's Raid by Jim Bennett
    Timeline of the War in the East, 1864-1865
    Timeline of Wilson's Raid Across Alabama and Georgia
    The Spencer by Carol Slaughter
    Major-General James Wilson's Summary Report on the Raid
    Major-General Edward Winslow's Official Report of the Destruction Military Facilities of Selma
    A Special Invitation to a presentation at Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens on April 14

  • January 2015
    Annual Meeting Salutes Bob Moody and His Vision of and for Our City
  • April 2014
    MOUNTAIN BROOK BOOK / EXHIBIT TO DEBUT AT EMMET O'NEAL LIBRARY APRIL 13; April Garden Workshop Features Common Cure-alls for Your Health; Veggie Garden to Feature Southern Soul Food
  • January 2014
    Annual Meeting Offers Sneak Peek at Newest Book, Gardening the Old-Fashioned Way, 2014 Officers and Trustees to Be Nominated
  • October 2013
    Our Next Volume ...The Planning of Mountain Brook; Photographing the Mountain Brook Landscape; Improvements at the Duncan House; Artists in the Garden
  • January 2013
    SALUTE TO '63, SATURDAY FEB. 2ND; Seeing the Scene.
  • December 2012
  • November 2012
    Exhibit Highlights Career of Civil Rights Attorney Shores
    Arthur Shores Timeline: 1904-1996
    Selected Cases of Attorney Shores
  • February 2012
    BEAUX ARTS IN BIRMINGHAM The Jemison Magazine: Birmingham and Mountain Brook, 1926-1930; Daniel to Debut in September; Officers and Trustees to be Elected

  • November 2011
    The Birmingham Scene: Seldom Seen Artwork from the 1930s and 1940s. Artists and Their Work in the Birmingham Scene Exhibition.

  • September 2011
    Jemison Book Debuts: Forward-thinking Birmingham. Sky's the limit. Growth, prosperity, promise, and innovation. A city on the rise, notable on the national scene. Vibrant and important. That's the way our city looked in 1910.
    New Exhibit to Open November 6 at the Library Gallery

  • Special Publication from the Archive: Two Industrial Towns: Pratt City and Thomas.

  • April 2011
    A New Road for a New Era--"New" Montgomery Highway
    Parks and Parkways: The Lake and Lakeshore Parkway
    The Lakeshore Bridge-The R.H. "Bob" Wharton Bridge
    What Is a "Functionally Obsolete" Bridge?

  • February 2011
    Local Ash Can Advocate to Be Featured
    From Plantation to Suburban Community-The History of Smithfield and Dynamite Hill
    Jemison Magazines to Be Issued

  • November 2010
    Where to See the Real Murals
    Murals, Murals Artists
    Historical Panorama of Alabama Agriculture

  • February 2010
    The Roads to Mountain Brook
    Naturalistic Design Philosophy

  • November 2009
    Digging Out of the Great Depression: Federal Programs at Work
    The Alphabet Agencies
    What New Deal landmarks remain?
    A List of Major WPA Projects, 1935-1941
  • March 2009
    A Time to Celebrate Local Landmarks.
    Election of Officers and Trustees

  • February 2009
    Grandmother's Garden. 
    What is an heirloom plant? Why grow heirloom plants? 
    Sources of Seeds and Plants.
    What We Do at Duncan House Garden. Heirloom Varieties Currently Grown at Duncan House Gardens.
    Tips to Try a Home Garden This Year.
    Lists of Most Common Vegetables, Annuals, Perennials, and Medicinal Herbs.
  • November 2008
    Architecture As Art-Drawings from the D. O. Whilldin Collection (1904-1962) at the Birmingham Public Library Archives.
    About D. O. Whilldin.
    About Thomas Mark Shelby, His Research, and the Forthcoming BHS Book.
    About the Whilldin Collection At Archives.
  • February 2008
    Society Publishes Park Letters: Hand Down Unharmed-Olmsted Files on Birmingham Parks, 1920-1925.
    Annual Meeting Salutes Our Hero: M.P. Phillips
    Cataloguing School Closures
    Models for Successful Reuse of Historic School Buildings
  • November 2007
    Turning On Alabama-An Exhibition of Images and Artifacts from the Collections of the Alabama Power Company and the Alabama Historic Radio Society at Birmingham Public Library
    Hand Down UnHarmed-Olmsted Files on Birmingham Parks, 1920-1925, the Society's forthcoming publication.
    All Fixed for Fall-A Report from the Society's Duncan House Garden.

  • May 2007
    PRESERVATION WORKS. 2007 Preservation Awards.

  • February 2007
    An Evening in Celebration of Parks and People: Looking at Birmingham's Exciting Park Developments and a talk with Tupper Thomas. Feb. 27, 2007.
    The Society's Olmsted Project.
    The Caldwell of Caldwell Park.
    Society News: Endowment Thriving; New Trustees and Officers to be elected.

  • December 2006
    Celebrating 40 Years of Historic Presevation. The Keynote Address to the Alabama Preservation Conference, By Richard Moe, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation,
    Preservation Organizations in Birmingham,
    Alabama Historical Commission: 40 Years of Educating and Preserving. By Ellen Mertins, AHC Director of Outreach. (Originally published in and reprinted with permission of DesignAlabama Journal.)
  • November 2006
    Parks for Birmingham, Putting Flesh on the Bones of Birmingham’s Civil Rights History.
  • June 2006
    Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Movement, Documenting and Listing Movement Churches on the National Register of Historic Places, and more...

  • May 2006
    Celebrate the 50th of the Movement at an Old Fashioned Movement Meeting
    About "The Movement" and the Movement Churches

  • February 2006
    Revisit The Olmsted Vision and the Annual Meeting and the exhibit at the Botanical Gardens
    Phillips High School: Can It Be a National Historic Landmark?

  • May 2005
    "Restore America": Preservation Week 2005 Activities
    2005 Preservation Award Winners

  • February 2005
    Reflections on Art of the New South: Women Artists of Birmingham—Talks for the Annual Meeting
    The Olmsted Vision: announcement of the forthcoming exhibit and publication
    Registering Civil Rights Resources

  • May 2004
    "New Frontiers in Preservation": Preservation Week 2004 Activities
    2004 Preservation Award Winners

  • February 2004
    The Houses We Live In—A Talk by Frances Robb at the Annual Meeting
    Let's Hear for "the Ladies" of the Birmingham Art Club

  • November 2003
    Name That Style!
    About the Illustrator of Birmingham Homes: Cheryl Morgan
    Birmingham Illustrated: The Variety of Styles in the Magic City
    Quick. How many house styles can you name in the Birmingham area?

  • May 2003
    "Cities, Suburbs and Countryside": Preservation Week 2003 Activities
    2003 Preservation Award Winners

  • February 2003
    Theatrical Tales to be Told at the Little-Virginia Samford Theatre—Talks for the Annual Meeting
    Birmingham Parks and Parkways: You Don't Know What You Have
    The Little Theater—A Brief History

  • November 2002
    Maps from the Collection of Rucker Agee Exhibition
    Rucker Agee: The Man Behind the Maps

  • May 2002
    "Preserving the Spirit of Place": Preservation Week 2002 Activities
    2002 Preservation Award Winners

  • February 2002
    Motor on Over to the Motorsports Museum for the Annual Meeting
    All Jazzed Up—J.L.Lown's book on Birmingham Jazz Greats
    Motorcycle Mania— a look at the Barber Motorsports Museum

  • November 2001
    Discover Downtown Anew: Society Reissues The Discovery Tour
    The Birmingham Public Library Archives Celebrates Twenty-five Years
    Digging Deep—The Collections of the Birmingham Public Library Archives
    Title That Treasure (architectural details of city center buildings)

  • May 2001
    "Renew, Restore, Rediscover Historic Schools": Preservation Week 2001 Activities
    Powell School and its Honoree—James P. Powell, Birmingham's First Elected Mayor and Friend of Education
    A Community Guide to Saving Older Schools
    Alabama Architecture: Alice Bowsher's new book

  • November 2000
    Aspiration Attained—Birmingham's Historic Houses of Worship published and exhibited
    Title That Treasure (churches and synagogues)

  • November 1999
    Vive Vulcan!: Long Live Our City Symbol - an exhibit and publication
    National Trust for Historic Preservation lists Vulcan as an American Treasure
    4th-6th Grade Teachers Receive 3,000 Vive Vulcan Packets
    Vulcan and the Society

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