Historic House Research Workshop Tomorrow at Central Library

A house from the BOE files
A photo from the Board of Equalization files in the BPL Digital Collections.

Did a famous Birmingham leader once live in your “new” house? Is your home the oldest structure on your block? If you have ever wondered about researching this information, a workshop at the Central Library will help you get started. In conjunction with the Jefferson County Historical Commission and the Birmingham Historical Society, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is hosting a workshop on historic house research on Saturday, July 7, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the Richard Arrington Auditorium. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Attendees will learn how to conduct research on historic dwellings in Birmingham and Jefferson County including the resources available at BPL and requirements for historical designations and markers. Linda Nelson, Jefferson County Historical Commission Executive Secretary, will discuss requirements of the Historical Marker Program and other historical designations. Jason Kirby, BPL Bookmender and Birmingham Botanical Garden Archivist, will discuss his experiences with the application process for a historical marker.

For more information about the workshop, please contact the Library’s Southern History Department by phone at (205) 226-3665 or by e-mail at askgenlocal@bham.lib.al.us.

Event: Historic House Research Workshop
Presenter: Linda Nelson and Jason Kirby
Place: Central Library
Date: Saturday, July 7, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Registration: Not required