“Hot Iron At The Iron Park” Returns April 28th

“Hot Iron At The Iron Park” will return to Shelby Iron Works Park on Saturday, April 28th.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend this fun, family-friendly event. Plenty of cool cars, music and food!  Hope to see ya’ there!

Join Us As We Celebrate Shelby County’s 200th Birthday On February 4th

Shelby County will turn 200 years old on February 7th, but on February 4th the Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. will pay tribute to this milestone during their quarterly meeting at the Shelby County Museum & Archives.  The event begins at 2 p.m.

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Preserving History, One Page At A Time

By now most of our readers have read about the ongoing digitization project here at the Shelby County Museum & Archives, but many people still have questions about what the project actually involves.  Being a visual person myself, I thought I would share some images that will bring the project to life. . .

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“What If YOUR Ancestors Had Been Slaves, And…”

It wasn’t until Albert “Peter” Datcher reached the age of 50 that he first reflected on the long history of his ancestors. A history that was certainly full of hardships and struggles, but that was also full of faith, family and friendships.

Datcher, whose great grandparents, Albert and Lucy Baker, were slaves, has worked tirelessly to piece together the story of his family. But discovering the past can be challenging, even painful when you consider the many injustices that have been endured over the years.

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Shelby County Camera Club Continues Museum Collections Project

The Shelby County Camera Club paid another visit to the Shelby County Museum & Archives in September.  On hand from the club were Ted Vodde, Hank Siegel and James Brown.  I hope you will their images! Continue reading “Shelby County Camera Club Continues Museum Collections Project”

Meet Gracie Sproull: Our New Falcon Scholar From The University Of Montevallo

My name is Lauren Grace Sproull (aka Gracie) and I am the current Falcon Scholar for the Shelby County Museum & Archives! I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and I am a junior at the University of Montevallo studying History. When I graduate from Montevallo, I plan on pursuing a graduate degree with a focus in archives and preservation.

History is a passion of mine and it has always fascinated me. I can remember exploring my family’s home in Birmingham and discovering my great grandfather’s blueprints to the home in an old built-in drawer in the dining room. This document fascinated me, and only sparked my curiosity for the hidden treasures which lay “forgotten”. I was fortunate enough to have a grandfather with a passion for our family history, and he made resources for researching ours available to me at a young age and would tell me stories of family we would have never known without his time spent collecting these precious memories and histories.

Through archival work, the histories of not just individual families, but us all can be preserved and admired for years to come. Here at the Shelby County Museum & Archives, I feel like I, and all of the volunteers, are helping so many people connect back to their roots through every document scanned or photographed. Helping people connect to their family or their home’s past is such a personal, powerful thing that I feel honored to be a part of.

I encourage anyone who has the time to come out and volunteer to do so! I may not be from Columbiana or Shelby County, but I am glad to be here and learn about its history and help the community have this resource available to anyone and everyone.

“History as Art” Winners Announced at Exhibit

From a shelby county arts council press release written 6/24/2017:

The Shelby County Arts Council and the Shelby County Museum and Archives are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 “History As Art” Adult Juried Art Exhibit. Sponsored in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the exhibit challenged artists to create work inspired by a item (or items) on display at the Museum.  The exhibit is one of the events for Alabama 200, a three-year celebration of the people, places, and events that form the rich history of our state.

Best in Show: “Passage” / Stan Copeland

Best in Painting: “Has The Phone Changed Us “ Lynita Motes

Best in 3D: “Relics” Dave Livesay

Best in Mixed Media: “Return to Saw Mill Town” Scott Owen

Best in Drawing: “Powder Check” Ainsley Mc Neely

Best in Photography: “Soldier’s Belongings” Penny Wegener

Judges Award for “Process”: “Shelby Iron Works” Jared Ragland

Judges Award for Unique Approach : “Alabama 200 Liner Diner” Ben South

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Congratulations to all the winners and artists who participated in this year’s History As Art Exhibit.

“A Stitch In Time” Quilt Exhibit Was A Great Success

The quilt exhibit on April 29th was a huge success thanks to the hard work of Cassie Blair. Blair, who has worked at the museum for over a year through the Falcon Scholar Program at the University of Montevallo, spent an entire semester preparing for the exhibit, titled “A Stitch In Time: A Tribute To Shelby County’s Quilting History.”

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