It's Birmingham's Bicentennial! We're celebrating with a special crowd-sourced exhibit!
The People of Birmingham: Celebrating 200 Years of Stories
Through December 31, 2018
During our bicentennial year, the museum is featuring a novel approach to help us tell the stories of Birmingham's last two centuries. "Of the people, by the people," we are creating individual panels that tell stories about the people of Birmingham, submitted by members of the community along with photos and objects that help show why that person inspired the submission. The subject can be a historical figure from Birmingham's past or a next door neighbor, teacher, or any unique person that stands out to the submitter. Dozens of panels have been created, and we will continue to seek more over the next year. The following comments from the President of the Friends of the Museum, Daniel Patton, describe it well:
"...we as a society have an urge to put a date on objects as a way to ascribe some value. But just as the value '100 years ago' changes with every year, so does our definition of 'history.' An event that took place yesterday is history and something that will happen tomorrow could have historical value in the future.
"The current exhibit at the Birmingham Museum, 'The People of Birmingham: Celebrating 200 Years of Stories," is a celebration of bygone and recent history in this community. The museum staff has reached out to the people of Birmingham to tell the stories of any citizen that has served as an inspiration...I think it is important to celebrate not only the founders of this community, but those who have served their civic duties with our organization in recent times.
"...So in our work, in our exhibits, we seek to memorialize not only the larger-than-life historical figures of our past but also the people, the friends that simply help us through the day. That being said, if you would like to contribute to the "People of Birmingham" exhibit, don't be shy in writing something about a dear friend. For while they may not be of "historical note," our friends are still a part of our history."
This is an exhibition you won't want to miss. Group tours are available by appointment for six or more people; otherwise, the museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and until 8:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Call the museum at 248.530.1928 for more information.