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, February 22nd at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.
Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building
Speaker: Jason Kirby, Former BGS President and current Archivist at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Library
Program Topic: From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War
Please join us as Jason Kirby, former BGS President and current archivist at the Archives and Rare Book Room (Birmingham Botanical Gardens), presents “From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War.” This presentation covers the different types of southern historic gardens with a focus on kitchen gardens during the Civil War time period. Jason will discuss flora from herbs to common cure-alls, to sweet herbs for hearth and health, to teas and vinegars. See what our ancestors did back in the old days!
Founded in 2008, the Archives and Rare Book Room is located in the library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on the first floor of the Garden Center. The collection is open to the public Monday-Friday from 9-4 p.m. and on weekends by appointment-only. The Archives and Rare Book Room consist of materials generated by Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the City of Birmingham, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, various plant groups, garden clubs and societies. The collection consists of scrapbooks, rare books, works progress administration (WPA) records, seed catalogs, garden manuals, manuscripts, Japanese tea ceremony items, plant fossils, Japanese woodblock prints, photographs, minute books, post cards, botanical prints, water color paintings, thesis papers, maps, personal herbarium (plant press book), and garden and botanical ephemera.