Learning history can generate emotions ranging from horror to laughter. Hoover’s history tends to generate smiles and wonder.
Tom Bailey, Chair of the Hoover Historical Society archives committee, is a retired Managing Editor of the Birmingham News and a book publisher. Tom has researched and generated 50 Fun Facts about Hoover. The 2,542 words can be found on a 20” x 30” poster display that was created for Hoover’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Debbie Burtnett, Editor of our newsletter and Facebook page Administrator, recognized that Hoover certainly has more than 50 Fun Facts as her postings reflect. Check out our Facebook page several times a month for Fun Facts about Hoover. Our newsletters are posted on our website: hooverhistoricalsociety.org.
Most people do not realize that the Hoover Historical Society owns a log cabin built in the early 1840s by the Stinson family. It was disassembled in Shelby County and moved to Hoover in 1997. Last school year, almost 600 people, mostly elementary school students, visited the Folklore Center that features the Stinson Ole Place. If you are interested in a tour of the Folklore Center please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. When I receive enough responses, I will contact everyone to schedule one or two tours.
The HHS is celebrating Hoover's 50th anniversary with speakers who are active in making Hoover a safe and vibrant city. Chief Nick Derzis (above, right) is our guest speaker on November 21st at the Hoover Public Library. Refreshments served at 1 PM with the program at 1:30 PM. Please join us.
In January, the Friends of Hoover met at Capers and heard Mayor Brocato give his State of the City speech. There was a record turnout and many joined us afterward for our Open House that included tours of our Archive and the Folklore Center. People were impressed with the newly arranged and decorated archives and enjoyed learning about activities at the Folklore Center. We gained five new members as a result of the open house. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this a successful day!
Charles Hickman has completed a history of the Hoover School System. It is the result of many hours of interviews and research. We are working with him to insert photos and prepare the manuscript for publishing.
Archives Chairman Tom Bailey, Arnold Singer, and I visited two businesses and the McWane Science Center to examine professional display panels. We witnessed the manufacturing process at Expo Displays in Trussville. We are purchasing panels that allow for easy setup and flexibility in our displays.
Twelve Hoover public safety officers were recognized at the February Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. HHS presented each officer with a copy of our Hoover history book. Congratulations to Paul Huckeba of CB&S bank (one of our corporate sponsors) who was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Hoover Chamber of Commerce for 2017-2019.
The Society will elect new officers for 2017-2018 at our March meeting. Nominees are: President-Arnold Singer, 1st VP, Programs-Anita Dillon, 2nd VP, Membership-Carolyn Kolar, Treasurer-Jim Lyons, Assist. Treasurer-Inez McCollum, Recording Secretary-Pam Thompson and Corresponding Secretary-Jean Butterworth.
Jim Langley has organized a wonderful Spring Trip for us on April 6th. Members and friends are invited. Payment must be received by our March 21st meeting. See trip details elsewhere in the newsletter.
We are working with Erin Colbaugh to develop plans for Hoover’s 50th Anniversary. We were asked to provide a list of Top 10 Things That Have Impacted the Growth and Development of Hoover. Tom Bailey compiled the list. The plan is to have Mayor Brocato include this information as he speaks to various groups throughout the year. We were also asked for a list of 50 Things You Didn’t Know About Hoover.
We hope to see you at the General Meeting on March 21st!
2017 will be an exciting year for the Hoover Historical Society!
On January 23rd, newly elected Mayor Frank Brocato will give the annual State of the City address to the Friends of Hoover at Capers on Park Avenue.
We will host an Open House at our Archive/Office as well as the Folklore Center following the meeting.
This is a rare chance for the public to view these spaces and learn more about the Hoover Historical Society. Our new Curator, Liz Wells, will help us spruce up the archives for the Open House and will assist us in developing a collection plan and institute ways to protect our materials in the Archive over the coming months. The public is welcome to the Friends of Hoover luncheon and joining in the tours.
We are happy to announce that a ramp has been installed at the Folklore Center to make it accessible to all.
Over 25 notecard sets and/or history books were purchased for use as Christmas gifts. Remember these are available year-round. The Spring Trip committee met and Jimmy Langley will finalize our plans for an exciting trip in April.
Tom Bailey and I met with Erin Colbaugh, Hoover’s Event Coordinator, to suggest activities for Hoover's 50th Anniversary. Hospitality Chairman, Sue Knopf, has secured the historic Hoover-Randle house for our Membership Tea this year.
We will be asking for your help in making projects for Hoover's 50th Anniversary. Mark these important dates on your calendar:
See you in 2017!