This is my favorite time of the year. We all can enjoy the cool weather and beautiful colors of the Fall leaves.
Our volunteers have been busy. Thanks to Alec and Sharon Jones who visited the Archives and made adjustments to stabilize the shelves that hold our large scrapbooks.
Betty Bagby was honored with our first HHS Hero award in recognition of her past and current contributions as a Charter Member, Officer and Volunteer. She volunteers almost weekly in the Archives.
For the second year in a row, the Folklore Center was open during the Bluff Park Art Show. Volunteers included Bob Kolar, Debbie Burtnett, Jean Butterworth, Doug Harkness, Inez McCollum, Brenda Pritchett, and Carolyn Kolar. A steady drizzle kept the crowds away but a few small groups showed up and some children enjoyed the scavenger hunt. John Tingley paid a long visit (and liked what he saw at the cabin — as a former owner of Homestead Hollow, John has knowledge of pioneer ways!)
We have a great opportunity to volunteer and spread the word about our organization at the annual Moss Rock Festival on November 7 and 8th. Please donate a couple of hours at our booth!
Thanks to Pam Thompson for her efforts in gaining sponsors for our Hoover History book Vol. II. An initial group of 78 businesses are being contacted.
The family of Barbara Clark has made a memorial donation to our society in her name.
Just as our historical markers were refurbished, one was destroyed at the Overseer’s house. It was car vs. marker and the car won!
Jerry York presented a great program in September and said he was very impressed with our newsletter. He took a copy to show his civic groups in Oxford, AL. We are glad Debbie Burtnett's hard work has been recognized.
We are pleased that new members have joined us over the summer and since our last meeting. Please welcome Linda Barwick, Carol McIntyre, Peter Northcott, Lori Salter-Schommer, David Veasey, and Wayne Wood.
We continue to conduct interviews and copy newspaper articles to assist Pamela King in writing our new book. Carolyn and Pam recently interviewed former Mayor John Hodnett. Contact any board member if you can assist us in this project.
For our 2015-16 club year at the HHS, we have two main goals. One is to help Pam King write the History of Hoover II to be published for Hoover’s 50th Anniversary in 2017. Our members are conducting oral histories and collecting newspaper articles to aid in her research. The other is to increase fund-raising efforts to pay for the publication of the book. We will push to gain corporate sponsors soon.
Ed Burtnett and the finance committee met to create a budget that will slash costs to meet our financial commitments associated with the book. We thank the City of Hoover for repairing one A/C and replacing another when they failed early this summer. Our Archives’ volunteers appreciated their swift response. Thanks to Russell Kilgore who arranged for the city to refurbish our historic markers and to Doug Harkness for his tireless efforts in making the Folklore Center such a great success.
Thanks to Debbie Burtnett for creating a Folklore Center scrapbook and posting items to our Facebook page.
Please save the date of October 3rd. We will invite Hoover residents to visit our Folklore Center while attending the Bluff Park Art Show. Pam Thompson will have our new Membership Guide ready for our September meeting. Look for your copy in your e- mail. Plan to attend our wonderful programs in the renovated Hoover Library. Our first meeting will be September 22nd.
Our organization depends on volunteers. We need members who can conduct interviews, transcribe, work in the archives or help with the newsletter. We are in particular need of skilled craftsmen at the Folklore Center and a person to schedule them. Contact any officer for more information.
I am looking forward to a busy and productive year!
Nowadays we use computers a lot, and some words have changed meanings. Lowell Streiker in A Treasury of Humor, shares The Vermonter’s Guide to Computer Lingo, most of which applied to Alabama:
Modem: What you did to the hayfields
Windows: What you closed when it was below 30 degrees
Log On: Making the wood stove hotter Hard Drive: Getting home during the muddy season
Microchips: What is left in the bag when the big chips are gone.
Download: Getting the firewood off the truck Megahertz: What you get if you are not careful downloading.
Times have changed but most of us like to talk about the good old days. That is a good reason to join the Historical Society.
Several of us have been busy interviewing a variety of Hoover residents for the history book. Betty Bagby has been busy going through newspaper clippings, copying and filing them by topic. She could use some help on Wednesdays. We have had a few items donated to the archives. Please let us know if you have something interesting tucked away in a box at your house.
This month has been a busy one. Although we did not have a meeting, a group of 20 enjoyed a lovely day in Sylacauga at the Marble Festival, thanks to Mayor Ivey providing the transportation.
Then on Sunday the 19th, we had a wonderful membership tea at the Hoover-Randle House, meeting old friends and new. A few of us traveled to Mobile for the annual Alabama Historical Association meeting where we heard some interesting speakers, toured the sites, and dined on some delicious seafood.
Our last meeting for this term will be May 19 at the Hoover Library. We will be installing the new officers elected at the last meeting. I will be turning the leadership duties over to Carolyn Kolar. It has been an exciting year with many accomplishments, thanks to a great group of members who are willing to work together to get things done. I really appreciate the opportunities I have had to get to know many of you. It has been a pleasure to serve as your President.
Please note: The CLEANUP at the Archives scheduled for Sat, Feb 21 was cancelled due to illness of several who were planning to come. We will have another time next week. If you can come during the week let me know and I will update you when we have a time.
If you were not at the last meeting, I wanted to let you know that we approved the first step in the process for the new history book. Pamela S. King has agreed to work on an outline and proposal for the book. It should be ready by the May meeting. We hope to submit it to several publishers, upon the approval of the board.
In the meantime, we are beginning work on the research she needs and we need your help. Debbie Burtnett, Carolyn Kolar and I are going to start interviewing some of our members and others to get their experiences living in the growing city of Hoover the last 25-50 years.
Attached is a survey we would like for you to complete. This will help us identify individuals who can help with telling the story of Hoover and its growth from suburbs to city in 50 years. You can print, complete, scan and email it, bring it by the archives or mail to the P O Box 360233, Hoover AL. 35236-0233.
We also have lots of newspapers in our collection. We need volunteers to come to the archives and look through them for articles relating to the city’s history. Instead of clipping, as we used to do, we will be copying or scanning articles. These articles will be filed under the categories we have set up. If you are willing to help with this, please let me know. We can set up a time each week, or on Wednesdays, when someone is scheduled to be there.
We have also set a date for an Open House at the Archives on Saturday, March 7th, 10 am to 2 pm. The public will be invited to come see our collection and bring documents and photographs relating to the history of Hoover. Please plan to come by that day if you have not seen the Archives.
In order to be ready for the open house, we are going to have a cleanup day on Saturday Feb. 21st at 10 am. We will rearrange the desks to make them more functional and would appreciate the help of any strong men for this activity. If anyone can help with this earlier than 10 or on another day, please let us know.
There are a lot of exciting things going on, and I wanted to let you know. This will also be in the March newsletter which will be out by the end of the month.
We have a great opportunity to go with the New Horizons group on a trip to Columbus MS on April 8-9. I have attached a flyer with the details. It looks like a great trip. We can take only 20 people, and a $50 deposit needs to be turned in at the Senior Center by March 3rd. (You can pay the entire amount.) If you want to go, please let me know and mail your check to P. O. Box 360233, Hoover, AL 35236—0233.
If this does not work out, we can discuss a day trip at the March meeting. Joan Parker has some health problems and has not been able to plan a trip, so the New Horizons trip is an easy alternative.
I am glad to be a part of this organization at such an exciting time. I hope you will be involved in the history project in some way. We will be having our Membership Tea at the Hoover Randall House on April 19th, 2 – 4 pm. Please send names and addresses of potential members to Sue Knopf, firstname.lastname@example.org or 3303 Pembrooke Lane, 35226, 979-3422.
We hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We all have traditions around the holidays that give us a chance to remember the warmth and love of Christmases past, and the New Year lets us think about the hope of the future. After the busy fall, the past weeks have been a nice break before the Society gets busy in January.
We look forward to seeing you at the January meeting on the 20th at the Hoover Library. The meeting will be downstairs in the room across from the theatre at 1:30 with Archivist Jim Baggett presenting the program. And, we will have refreshments! If you would like to bring something, please contact Sue Knopf.
More information about the plans for the history book is on the agenda for the meeting. The Society members are also looking forward to the March meeting, the Annual Field Trip and Membership Tea in April, along with the May meeting and new officer installation. I hope you will make it a priority to participate this spring!
The Society still needs a Chairperson for the scholarship committee, which will be seeking applications in February. The committee members need someone with experience to lead this process.
Another contribution our group could make to the community is to provide speakers for presentations to groups on the Historical Society, so the public will know who we are, what we do, and the value of preserving the history of our City. This would be simple for volunteers to do if we had a PowerPoint presentation. If you are familiar with this program and would like to develop this project, please let me know.
There was a saying on New Year’s Eve that my parents always repeated to each other and one had to be the first to say it: “New Year’s Eve gift.” I really can’t recall why, but I think it was for good luck. Also, when I was young our church always had “Watch Night Services” on New Year’s Eve. We had planned activities, which included games and singing until midnight and we capped the event off with choruses of “Happy New Year!”
As young married adults with children, our kinfolk encompassed quite a range of cousins, aunts and uncles and many children when we gathered together to celebrate New Year’s Day. The families represented through the years included Wells, Vaughan, Butterworth, Bachus, Hays, Watkins, Jacobs, Lundy, Spangler and others.
Mitzi Wells always prepared the lunch on New Year’s Day at her home in Hoover. There were no invitations issued for lunch. All the kinfolk and friends and neighbors just knew to show up at Mitzi’s on New Year’s Day around one o’clock for some of her good Southern cuisine. What a feast she would have!
She prepared two meats--a fresh cooked ham and a cured ham. Also served were macaroni and cheese, potato salad and a sweet potato dish. The vegetables included turnip greens and black-eyed peas. A dime was always put in the black-eyed peas for good luck. We were always welcome to bring any special food items. The bread portion was rolls and cornbread. The condiments consisted of jars of chow chow, fresh little green onions, pickles, and pepper sauce.