The Birmingham Museum's popular lectures on local history are now available on video!
These programs, co-sponsored by the Baldwin Public Library, are free and open to the public. They take place about once per month. Topics range from the recent past to early history of the area and complement museum exhibits while also fulfilling the museum's mission. Presenters include local historians and experts in a variety of specialty areas, but especially focus on telling the stories of Birmingham and its people. Thanks to Birmingham-Bloomfield Cable Television, these programs are video recorded and made available to the public online, and now are available on the museum's YouTube channel as well as our web site.
Check out our YouTube channel to see more.
Winter 2020 Series: Wonder Women of Birmingham, looking at some amazing women in Birmingham's past.
February 27, 2020: The Ladies Library Association of Birmingham worked hard for decades to establish a public library, but this group had roots in a little known mysterious secret society, as explained by Caitlin Donnelly.
Fall 2019 Series: First Families, exploring some of the most important and influential families that have been instrumental in shaping modern Birmingham.
October 17, 2019: The Levinsons, first Jewish family in Birmingham, with Rep. Sander and Sen. Carl Levin and David Levinson. (about 1.5 hr)
September 19, 2019: Our first "First Families" presentation, "the Allens and the new City". (about 1 hr)
November 14, 2019: Lecture on the history of the Peabody family of Birmingham and Peabody's Restaurant with Barbara, Nancy, and Susan Peabody.
This presentation on Birmingham's neighborhoods in spring, 2019, brought a standing-room-only crowd.
"Fash Bash at Jakes-Sixties Style" in June 13, 2019 featured original high fashion photos and a look at how Jacobson's became Birmingham's favorite department store (about 1 hour).
In November of 2018, local historian Pam DeWeese discussed the impact of the 1929 stock market crash on Birmingham.