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ABOUT OUR NEXT MEETING –WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2019

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Join us July 11, 2019 For a Very Special Guest: Gerry Hodges,
TOPIC: Behind Nazi Lines: My Father's Heroic Quest
to Save 149 World War II POWs

Josiah Morris

Gerry Hodges

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Gerry Hodges (Andrew G. Hodges, Jr.), M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice, a forensic profiler and author. Dr. Hodges has helped pioneer a breakthrough to the hidden brilliance of the unconscious mind, which he explained in his groundbreaking book, The Deeper Intelligence. He has been a consultant to the FBI and written books on the JonBenet Ramsey case, the Natalee Holloway case and recently on the Amanda Knox case in Italy. He is also the author of "Jesus: An Interview Across Time (A Psychiatrist Looks at His Humanity)"—a fascinating portrait of Jesus as man and God.

Also Hodges’ tells the courageous story of his father’s lifesaving WW II exploits in his book, Behind Nazi Lines: My Father's Heroic Quest to Save 149 World War II POWs (Berkley Books, 2015)—the subject of his talk. The author of nine books, Dr. Hodges has been interviewed extensively in the media with appearances on Fox News, CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC and Court TV.

 

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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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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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.