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, June 28th at 2 p.m. Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Kelsey Bates, Assistant Archivist, Birmingham Public Library
Program Topic: Old School Scrapbooking
Details: www.birminghamgenealogy.org or BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665
From Victorian era school girls to a county coroner with an interest in grisly murders, Birminghamians often saved mementos in scrapbooks. Many of these late 19th and early 20th-century scrapbooks are preserved in the Birmingham Public Library Archives. This talk explores scrapbook keeping and keepsakes–visiting cards, photographs, letters, poems, theater programs, paper dolls, newspaper clippings–that people treasured and saved.
Also check out the Birmingham Public Library’s Digital Archives online.