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Thursday, November 3, 2016

President's Message - Winter 2016

Posted by: Carolyn Kolar on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Dear Members:

Thanks to the City of Hoover (and a suggestion by Pam Thompson and Jim Lyons), we now have three signs pointing the way to the Folklore Center!

Members created new packaging for our notecards, which now includes 11 designs. Fay Anderson generously donated the plastic bags for the cards. We have had, in the Archive, cassette tapes of oral interviews done for our History book in 1992. Currently, Bob Kolar is digitizing these so they will be available online soon.

Members have a great opportunity to volunteer and have fun at the same time by volunteering to work at our booth during the Moss Rock Festival, November 5th and 6th. We especially need several men to help dismantle the tent and display on on Sunday afternoon.

We have two new members who joined after visiting our Archive–Jim Langley and Sandy Atchison. Jim is on the board of Hoover New Horizons and was a speaker on Oak Hill Cemetery in 2016. He is scheduled to present Alabama Idioms in March 2017. Sandy is interested in historical research and has already donated a photo of the 1921 class of Summit School.

Three of our members (Sue Knopf, Peggy Patton, and Jim Langley) recently participated in the ‘Crafty Creations Bazaar’ at the Hoover Senior Center.

Please let a board member know if you would like to help do research, artwork, or make displays for Hoover’s 50th Anniversary. I am working on updating a display on the Tyler family. Suggestions include such topics as schools, businesses, and churches—another chance to volunteer!

Our Archive is seeking donations of Berry High School, Hoover High School, and Spain Park High School yearbooks and memorabilia. Please join us November 15th for our program on Holiday Traditions at Arlington Antebellum House and Gardens. Library renovations should be complete and we will meet downstairs.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Carolyn Kolar

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Spring 2016 Updates

Posted by: Carolyn Kolar on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Our March meeting will be March 15th at the Hoover Library. We begin with refreshments at 2 PM and program at 2:30. Julie Williams will present her program about the Wright Brothers’ flight school in Montgomery. You may remember her great program on the Titanic family a few years ago. (Please note the special starting time!)

The business portion of the meeting includes the election of officers for next year. The Nominating Committee presents the following slate of officers:

  • President, Carolyn Kolar
  • 1st VP Programs, Delores Wilkinson
  • 2nd VP Membership, Pam Thompson
  • Recording Secretary, Inez McCollum
  • Corresponding Secty., Betty Bagby
  • Treasurer, Ed Burnett
  • Asst. Treasurer, Anita Dillon

Nominations will be accepted from the floor but be sure you have the person’s permission first! We conclude our year with the Annual May meeting.

Our group is busy gathering information for our History Book II. We have two chapters from the author and continue to conduct interviews with city officials, past and present. I interviewed Elsie Braddock (widow of former Mayor O. E. Braddock) who donated a framed copy of the 1967 incorporation papers for Hoover to our archives. Also, Arnold Singer and I recently interviewed Allen Pate.

The Scholarship Committee sent letters to our two high schools. We are grateful to donors who provided funding for the 2016 scholarships—Carlo and Dianne Joseph for Hoover High School and Henry King of King Acura for Spain Park.

Pam Thompson, Carolyn Kolar, Debbie Burtnett and others attend the monthly Chamber of Commerce luncheons. The Society donates copies of the first Hoover History book as door prizes. A recent winner, the Birmingham Islamic Center, joined us as a corporate sponsor. Our members also attend Friends of Hoover meetings hosted by our own Arnold Singer.

Debbie and I attended a Hoover Service Club meeting held at the Hoover-Randle house. Helen Holmes, daughter of Mr. Hoover, attended. Barbara Randle discussed her art and decorating ideas for her lovely and colorful home.

Our Time Cabinets will relocate to the Hoover Public Safety Center (courtesy of the City of Hoover) at a future date. The collections will be more visible there.

Invite your friends to attend our annual Membership Tea on April 10th from 2-4 PM at the Overseer’s House, 393 Park Avenue, Hoover, AL 35226. We plan to have shuttle buses running from Shades Crest Baptist Church to the Tea.

See you there!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Carolyn Kolar on Friday, January 1, 2016 at 8:00:00 am Comments (0)

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with friends and family. We have much to be thankful for as we start a new year at HHS.

We thank the Mayor and our City Council for their $5,000 contribution to our Society for 2016-17. The city is also replacing the damaged historic marker at the Overseer’s House.

Our future History Book II was featured in the December issue of the Hoover Sun. We will publish the book next year in time for Hoover’s 50th Anniversary.

Part of our mission as a historical society is “To stimulate the preservation and protection of objects of historical interest and to make it available for research.” We have honored this as our archive has been busy with visitors and requests for information in 2015. We recently helped patrons with information on the Patton family, the Troop 21 Boy Scout Troop, homeowners in the Park Avenue Historic District, and a genealogy search.

We have also received several donations to the Archives. A lovely pipe organ was donated by Joan Davis and now resides at The Folklore Center. Glenn Murer donated a section of a newspaper commemorating Hoover’s 10th Anniversary. In that paper, Bill Hoover discussed his father’s dream for the Green Valley

Country Club and the development of Hoover. Another page featured William Hoover’s plans for a regional shopping center that never materialized.

Rhonna and Jonathan Phillips donated items related to Berry High School and Dr. Billy Phillips, owner of the Hoover Beauty Center and Chiropractic South. A photo from Green Valley Elementary School was featured on our Facebook Page and reached over 1200 people! We continue to generate interest in our organization thanks to Facebook.

We welcome CB&S Bank as our newest Corporate Sponsor and our first donor at the Silver Level toward the publication of our book. We appreciate Paul & Vickie Huckeba’s interest in the HHS and hope other businesses will join him. Be sure to thank him when you see him! More on the levels of sponsorship can be found in this edition .

Visit us on January 19th for our General Meeting with the program on Birmingham’s Premocar by J.D. Weeks. I guarantee you will learn something new! Happy New Year!

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