Sometimes you need a little help from your friends. Such was the case for the Shelby Iron Works Park when we were recently faced with the dilemma of replacing HVAC units for our Country Store and our Museum. One unit at the County Store was completely destroyed by vandalism in December 2018. The other unit at the museum worked sporadically for a while, and then finally gave out.
Cawaco Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. came to our rescue and provided funding for the purchase of two new units.
“Without the assistance of Cawaco, the purchase of the new HVAC units would have created a financial strain for the park,” said Jennifer Maier, Executive Director of the park. “We work hard throughout the year to raise money for park improvement. We want that money to go to park development projects that benefit the community. Thanks to CAWACO for stepping in and helping us out. The HVAC units will make our buildings pleasant for visitors all year long.”
The Shelby County Museum & Archives is excited to present the 2018 Historical Cemetery Walking Tour at the Columbiana City Cemetery on Saturday, October 6th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Participants will enjoy a lantern-lit tour with a guide that will take them to graves of people interred at the cemetery. Actors will then provide a glimpse into the life of the deceased. Expect to hear intriguing stories that are unique to the life of the person being depicted. Some of their stories you may find funny, and others you may find heart-wrenchingly sad.
Sunset is at 6:25 p.m. so plan to attend early if you feel uncomfortable walking in low light conditions. However, there will be adequate lighting provided by lanterns, candles and flashlights.
This year we are limiting the number of ticket sales to 300 because we feel this is the largest amount of people we can serve during the two hour event. It is important to us that everyone has a great experience, and that the tour groups are a manageable size. So, don’t delay on purchasing your ticket. 250 tickets will be available through Eventbrite, and 50 tickets available for purchase at the museum & archives.
Are you trying to build your family tree or locate a lost relative? The Shelby County Museum & Archives can probably help you out.
Thanks to a timely donation from the Shelby County Board of Education and the efforts of museum & archives staff and volunteers, Shelby County, Alabama school census booklets and school census cards are now available in a searchable format at the Shelby County Museum & Archives in Columbiana.
School census booklets contain parent or guardian name; student’s given name; age; and race. The booklets do not list street addresses. The booklets cover the years 1912, 1916, 1920, and 1924 for each of the county’s school districts.
Sometimes when things are moving so fast you look back and realize you failed to do something very important. Such is the case with this post. Earlier today (actually just a few minutes ago) I posted on how great the pancake breakfast was at the Shelby Iron Works Parks on July 7th. After posting, I realized that I had neglected to post an important update (it was sitting in draft form waiting to be published) that would explain why I was writing about an event at the Shelby Iron Works Park. So, here is the content of that post, which I hope will explain why I’m posting about the park: Continue reading “A Month Late, But Big News All The Same”→
Herbert James (Jim) Lewis will speak at the upcoming meeting of the Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. on Sunday, August 5th at 2 p.m. at the Shelby County Museum & Archives. Jim will discuss his new book, “Alabama Founders: Fourteen Political and Military Leaders Who Shaped the State.” He will have copies of his book to purchase, as well as copies of his book “Lost Capitals of Alabama.” We hope you will be able to join us! A reception and light refreshments will follow!
Author Gladys Sherrer will introduce us to some heroic women who played a role in the Civil War. Some of them were soldiers, some were spies, and even one was a trapeze artist. Sherrer will also be selling signed copies of her book, Trapped in the Crossfire: A Civil War Saga of the Endurance of Family. A reception will follow. Hope to see you there!