Birmingham Revealed! 2013 Series
February 21, March 21, April 18
Join us after-hours on the third Thursday of February, March and April and unwind with Vulcan as we reveal the people, places and events that have helped shape our dynamic city! Admission is charged and includes light refreshments, a one-hour program and entrance to Vulcan Center Museum and Observation Tower. Purchase your tickets in advance online to receive a discount.
5:30 p.m. Cash Bar Opens
6 – 7 p.m. A Story is Revealed…
General: $10 in advance online; $15 at the door
Series Pass: $25 in advance online only
Vulcan Members: $8 online/door
The Golden Age of Birmingham Broadcasting: Radio Edition
Pioneer of Birmingham broadcasting and record spinner Joe Rumore
Public Library Archives
Remember radio of decades past, when you listened to the radio to hear the latest hit song or be entertained by a local radio personality that actually made you laugh? In the decades following World War II, Birmingham radio featured homegrown programming, served up by larger-than-life personalities who spun records suited especially to local musical tastes and, through comedy bits, developed characters just for local listeners. Vulcan Park and Museum remembers the Birmingham radio of yesteryear with The Golden Age of Birmingham Broadcasting: Radio Edition. Moderated by radio personality Greg Bass and featuring a panel of local radio professionals, The Golden Age of Birmingham Broadcasting relives some of the best radio moments from decades past and recounts inside stories that never made it on the air.
Bobby Horton: Music, Migration, and Industrial Birmingham
Lately, multi-instrumentalist and music historian Bobby Horton has been considering Alabama’s amazing vernacular music tradition. Bobby Horton: Music, Migration, and Industrial Birmingham is the result of his contemplation. In this concert and discussion, Bobby will explore the connections between music of the rural South and music that traveled into Birmingham. Bobby will perform blues and gospel straight from Alabama’s Black Belt, as well as selections rooted firmly in industrial Birmingham. To tell this wide-ranging musical story, Bobby will perform a variety of instruments, offering historical commentary as he works through a set list like no other.
Crossing Lines: Birmingham and the Southern Conference for Human Welfare
Municipal (now Boutwell) Auditorium
Public Library Archives
It’s 1938 and people from all over the country are coming to Birmingham for the inaugural meeting of the Southern Conference for Human Welfare. Attendees include Eleanor Roosevelt, Hugo Black, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Virginia Durr. In Crossing Lines, Lee Shackleford’s play about the SCHW in Birmingham, we meet the fictional character Eunice, who has come to Birmingham eager to support the causes of tolerance, education, and opportunity for all Southerners. While staying in a segregated hotel, Eunice strikes up a friendship with a down-to-earth bellboy named Pete, and she sparks within him a passion for change and a desire to challenge the way things have always been.
In recent years, Vulcan Park and Museum has looked at the life of one of the conference’s participants in the one-woman show Too Many Questions: An Evening with Virginia Durr. This installment of Birmingham Revealed!, featuring Crossing Lines, reminds us that the city known as the birthplace of civil rights in the 1960s was also the cradle of new ideas in the South, a place where the Old South and the New Deal lived side by side.