Tuesday Night History Programming on APT

Tomorrow night, January 8, Alabama Public Television will air programming for us history buffs.

First up at 7pm CST is the History Detectives. Click here for information on tomorrow night’s show.

At 8pm, APT kicks off a 3 part series, The Abolitionists: American Experience. The series tells the stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. Click here for more information on this series.

BGS Meeting — January 26, 2013 — Mundane and Macabre, 19th Century Letters and Diaries

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, January 26 at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker: Jim Baggett, Birmingham Public Library Archives Dept. Head

Program Topic: Mundane and Macabre, 19th Century Letters and Diaries

From matters of love, death and politics to the price of shoes, nineteenth century Alabamaians recorded their experiences in letters and diaries. This talk explores life in the 1800s through personal writings now preserved in the Birmingham Public Library Archives.

Jim Baggett is Head of the Department of Archives and Manuscripts at the Birmingham Public Library and Archivist for the City of Birmingham. He has served as president of the Society of Alabama Archivists and Chair of the Jefferson County Historical Commission. Jim has lectured throughout the U.S. and Europe and has been featured on Alabama Public Television, National Public Radio and CSPAN. He has authored or edited five books on Birmingham and Alabama history, including A Woman of the Town: Louise Wooster, Birmingham’s Magdalen and Alabama Illustrated: Engravings from 19th Century Newspapers. Jim has written more than fifty articles on archival preservation and Alabama history for Alabama Librarian magazine, Alabama Heritage, Birmingham magazine and other publications.

Let me introduce our BGS Officers for 2013

Officers:

President Suzanna Rawlins
1st Vice President (Programs) Mary Taylor
2nd Vice President (Membership) Patricia Crim Dietlein
Treasurer Yvonne Brakefield
Recording Secretary Jyl Hardy
Corresponding Secretary Jyl Hardy
Chaplain Earl Massey
Historian Carl Dykes
Curator Yvonne Crumpler
Parliamentarian Gary Gerlach
Website/Social Media Melissa Hogan
Publicity A. C. Burttram, Jr.
Pioneer Trails/BGS Newsletter Editor Scott Martin

Board of Directors:

2013    Barbara Smith
2013    Gail Pugh
2014    David Hamilton
2014    Carol Massey
2015    Scott Martin
2015    Scott Hogan

BGS Annual Christmas Tea — December 8, 2012

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, December 8th at 2 pm; Board meets at 1:45pm

Program Topic: No Speaker, Christmas Tea

Details: Contact us via e-mail

Another year has passed by very quickly. It is time for the annual BGS Christmas Tea. All are invited to attend. We will install officers for 2013 and there will be a lot of good food and fellowship. If you are not a current member of the society or a recent new member, this is your chance to get to know “us”.

The Christmas Tea is our last official get together until January 2013. Please join us!

BGS Meeting — September 22, 2012 — Shopping in Yesteryear Birmingham

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, September 22nd at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker:  Tim Hollis,  Author

Program Topic: Shopping in Yesteryear Birmingham

Mr. Hollis is a historian and curator of all things Birmingham. He is the curator of the Birmingham Rewound website and has written several books about the Magic City’s past, from its old movie theaters to its vintage advertising signs. His latest Birmingham history book is entitled “Lovemans: Meet Me Under The Clock.”

Public Closure of the GA State Archives Effective November 1, 2012

Press Release from Georgia Secretary of State:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2012

Statement from Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Public Closure of the State Archives Effective November 1, 2012
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget has instructed the Office of the Secretary of State to further reduce its budget for AFY13 and FY14 by 3% ($732,626). As it has been for the past two years, these cuts do not eliminate excess in the agency, but require the agency to further reduce services to the citizens of Georgia. As an agency that returns over three times what is appropriated back to the general fund, budget cuts present very challenging decisions. We have tried to protect the services that the agency provides in support of putting people to work, starting small businesses, and providing public safety.

To meet the required cuts, it is with great remorse that I have to announce, effective November 1, 2012, the Georgia State Archives located in Morrow, GA will be closed to the public. The decision to reduce public access to the historical records of this state was not arrived at without great consternation. To my knowledge, Georgia will be the only state in the country that will not have a central location in which the public can visit to research and review the historical records of their government and state. The staff that currently works to catalog, restore, and provide reference to the state of Georgia’s permanent historical records will be reduced. The employees that will be let go through this process are assets to the state of Georgia and will be missed.

After November 1st, the public will only be allowed to access the building by appointment; however, the number of appointments could be limited based on the schedule of the remaining employees.
Since FY08, the Office of the Secretary of State has been required to absorb many budget reductions, often above the minimum, while being responsible for more work. I believe that transparency and open access to records are necessary for the public to educate themselves on the issues of our government. I will fight during this legislative session to have this cut restored so the people will have a place to meet, research, and review the historical records of Georgia.

Jared S. Thomas
Press Secretary
Brian P. Kemp, Secretary of State
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30330
404-656-4269 phone
404-656-0513 fax

BAAGSG Class — September 9, 2012 — Using Process of Elimination in Your Search for Ancestors

The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting:  Sunday, September 9th at 3 p.m.

Meeting PlaceBirmingham Central Library, Arrington Auditorium

Topic:  Using Process of Elimination in Your Search for Ancestors

Instructor:  Donald Debrow