Thursday, June 02, 2016

Birmingham in 1916: An Adult and Teen Summer Reading Program

Birmingham in 1916

Have you ever wondered what life was like in Birmingham 100 years ago in 1916? Get a glimpse into the past as the Southern History Department takes you on a journey through the news, stories, and advertisements gleaned from Birmingham newspapers for the year 1916.

We will cover everything from what people did for fun to how much things cost in 1916. Birmingham was also the location of a typhoid epidemic that ravaged the city. It was caused by an unlikely culprit, a food that most people enjoy frequently during the summer months. You will find out this, and so much more.  Here are a list of dates, times, and locations of this exciting local history program.

  • Monday, June 6, 2016 2:00pm Springville Road 
  • Monday, June 20, 2016 2:00pm West End - Adult 
  • Monday, July 11, 2016 2:15pm Southside - Adult and Teen 
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 2:00pm Central - Adult 
  • Monday, July 18, 2016 2:00pm North Avondale - Adult 

This summer reading program takes its content for Southern History’s digital exhibit, Birmingham in 1916. The Southern History Department is also participating in “Throwback Thursday” each week on its Facebook page with content from 1916 newspapers.

Enjoy this one-hour long trip to 1916 Birmingham and discover what the city was like 100 years ago, and “Exercise Your Mind” with Summer Reading. For more information, contact the Southern History Department at 205-226-3665 or e-mail us at

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