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ABOUT OUR NEXT MEETING

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Join us October 11, 2018 For a Very Special Guest: Mary Badham,
"Scout" From The Classic Film To Kill a Mockingbird.

PLEASE NOTE:

The October 11, 2018 meeting featuring Mary Badham has been moved to
Crestline Elementary School, 3785 Jackson Blvd, 35213, Mtn. Brook

Next meeting October 11, 2018. Reception at 6:00 p.m. Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Crestline Elementary School, 3785 Jackson Blvd, 35213

Josiah Morris

Mary Badham

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Mary Baham in 1963 from Universal Pictures promotional photo.

Mary Badham will speak about her unparalleled experience in making the movie, To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as the overreaching message of tolerance and compassion of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-prize winning book (1960). A highlight of her talk is fielding questions from the audience– which can be the most interesting part of her lecture.

The daughter of Henry L. Badham, Jr. and Mary I. Hewitt, Badham grew up in Birmingham and attended Brook Hill School and later graduated from Fenster Ranch School (Arizona). Her father was president and chairman of the board of the Bessemer Coal, Iron & Land Company, as well as a retired US Air Force Reserve Brigadier General. Her mother was a radio personality in Birmingham, having a long-running noon radio show on WBRC. Badham is a graduate of the University of Arizona.

Nominated for an Oscar in 1962 as best supporting actress, Badham lost to another child actress, Patty Duke, for Miracle Worker. She appeared in several movies and television shows, including “The Twilight Zone.” She attended a screening with President Barrack Obama in 2012 at the White House to mark the 50th anniversary of the movie. Please join us for this exciting event.

For more on Mary's amazing journey from Birmingham to Hollywood, please see page 1 of our newsletter

JCHA MARKER PROGRAM

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Historical Marker Locations

  • Independent Presbyterian Church
  • The Little Theatre
  • The Alabama Theatre
  • Shades Valley High School (original site)
  • Mountain Brook
  • Homewood
  • Rosedale
  • Hollywood
  • Edgewood
  • Briarwood Presbyterian Church
  • Will Franke/Early Mountain Brook Village
  • St. Vincent's Hospital
  • Oldest House in Shades Valley/Irondale Furnace Commissary
  • Union Hill Cemetery/Union Hill Methodist Episcopal Church/Union Hill School
  • Lane Park
  • Birmingham Water Works Company/Cahaba Pumping Station
  • Irondale Furnace/Wallace S. McElwain
  • The Old Mill/Robert Jemison, Jr.
  • Brock's Gap/The South & North Railroad Cut/Gateway to Birmingham
  • Canterbury United Methodist Church
  • Edgewood Lake

ABOUT US

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Jefferson County Historical Association meeting

Recent meeting of the Jefferson County Historical Association

The Jefferson County Historical Association (JCHA) is dedicated to preserving, educating and publicizing local history through quarterly meetings, the Jefferson Journal newsletter and social media, as well as promoting historical preservation efforts.

Originally founded as the Birmingham Historical Society in 1942, the Society was reorganized in 1975 as the Birmingham-Jefferson County Historical Society and was later re-named the Jefferson County Historical Association in 2011.

Since 1992, the JCHA has erected over 20 historical markers throughout Jefferson County, and sells over 10 books and publications written by local authors, including former Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett.

In 2003, the JCHA formed the Birmingham History Center to preserve the region’s fascinating history through a collection of historical artifacts and memorabilia. In January 2018, Vulcan Park & Museum announced a partnership with the Birmingham History Center, ensuring the continued preservation and sharing of our unique history and stories.

Josiah Morris

Josiah Morris–an early founder of Birmingham

For anyone who has a recommendation for a historical marker in Jefferson County, please contact the JCHA to place for consideration and review. Email:

Jefferson County Alabama–a Brief History.

With the founding of the state of Alabama, Jefferson County was also established in December 1821 and is the most populous county in Alabama. Most of the original immigrants were veterans from the War of 1812. With agricultural pursuits in mind, their attention quickly shifted to the area’s immense mineral wealth which gave rise to the iron and steel industry.

Birmingham was founded in 1871 six years after the Civil War ended during the post-Civil War Reconstruction era through the merger of three pre-existing farm towns, most notably Elyton. The new city was named for Birmingham, England, the UK's 2nd largest city and, at the time, a major industrial city.

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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

The Alabama city emerged as a primary industrial center of the southern United States based on mining, the new iron and steel industry and rail transport through the end of the 1960s. Birmingham’s growth from 1881 through 1920 earned it nicknames such as "The Magic City" and "The Pittsburgh of the South."

The economy diversified in the latter half of the 20th century: Banking, telecommunications, transportation, electrical power transmission, medical care, college education and insurance have become major economic activities. Birmingham ranks as one of the largest banking centers in the U.S. Also, it is among the most important business centers in the Southeast.