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2016 Meetings Calendar

July 14 – Marvin Clemons

"Terminal Station, Birmingham’s Temple
of Transportation"

Marvin Clemons and Birmingham’s Terminal Station

aptivated by the grandeur of Birmingham’s Terminal Station, Marvin Clemons landed his first railroad job during his junior year in high school working part-time as a tower man-operator controlling train movements through the station. Following service in Viet Nam, he returned to Birmingham and majored in journalism at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and wrote for the Birmingham Post-Herald as the paper’s transportation editor. He later earned his master’s degree in counseling at UAB, and became a licensed professional counselor in private practice.

In 2007, he co-authored Birmingham Rails–The Last Golden Era with Lyle Key, a fellow retired railroad executive. The book was awarded the George Hilton Book Award by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. Clemons also helped found the Mid-South Chapter of the society serving as its first president.

October 13 – Richard Pizitz, Sr., former president of the Pizitz Department Store,
with presentation of a new history

“Pizitz, Genesis of a Retail Giant”

by Jim Bennett.

November 10 – Ed Bridges

"Alabama in the New Century", presentation of new book.


Dues Notice for 2016

Please note that if you have not renewed your membership, dues are due in January of 2016.
Please click the following link for printable mail-in Card.  Click to Open 2016 Membership Renewal Form.


History of the JCHA

The Jefferson County Historical Association is dedicated to preserving and publicizing local history through regular meetings, publications and events. Founded in 1975 to promote historical preservation efforts, the society has grown to more than 400 members.

Alice Williams

Thomas N. Carruthers

George L. Jenkins

Harry E. Bradford

Rucker Agee
Lane Carter
Elizabeth Cooper
Chriss Doss
Paul H. Earle
Robert Montgomery
Margaret Sizemore
George Stewart
J. Morgan Smith
Richard J. Stockham
James F. Sulzby, Jr.
S. Vincent Townsend
Henry Tuttle

Board of Directors:
Cathy Criss Adams
Craig Allen, Jr.
Thomas E. Badham
Jason Bains
Jim Bennett
Harry E. Bradford
Jeanne B. Bradford
David Bright
Herbert F. Griffin
Judy S. Haise
Ann B. Hillhouse
George Jenkins
Carolyn H. Reich
Barbara (Babs) Simpson
Edward W. Stevenson, MD
Alice McSpadden Williams

Past Presidents:
J. Morgan Smith
Margaret D. Sizemore
Elmer C. Thuston, Jr.
Chriss Doss
Betsy Bancroft
Tillman W. Pugh
William A. Price
Thomas M. West, Jr.
Madge D. Jackson
Thad G. Long
Don G. Watkins
Fred M. Jackson III
Thomas O. Caldwell, MD
Charles A. Speir
Craig Allen, Jr.
Edward W. Stevenson, MD
Jim Bennett
Alice McSpadden Williams
Thomas N. Carruthers




Jefferson County Historical Association Books

historic birmingham & jefferson county

Historic Birmingham
and Jefferson County
By James R. Bennett
$45 (member discount)

Elyton Land Company Minute Books

Elyton Land Company
Minute Books, 1871-1895
Edited by Thomas M. West, Jr.

History of Jefferson County Before 1850

History of Jefferson County
Before 1850
By Will F. Franke


About JCHA Publications

The Jefferson County Historical Association offers several books that offer a fresh insight into the rich history of Birmingham and Jefferson County Alabama. They tell the fascinating story of the people and industries that made Jefferson County and Alabama the industrial center of the South.

From first-hand accounts to thoroughly researched narratives, The JCHA publishes books that bring forth rich episodes of Jefferson Counties history in a readable style that engages both scholarly and general audiences.

Ordering JCHA Books

These JCHA books can be purchased at meetings of the Jefferson County Historical Association or ordered by mail.

Click the link below to print or save a book order form. PDF format.

Book Order Form

You may also order by sending your check or money order to the following address along with $5.00 for shipping and taxes (please add $2.00 for each additional book):

The Jefferson County Historical Association
PO Box 130285
Birmingham, AL 35213-0285

Please indicate book title and quantity when ordering.


Other Source Publications Co-Sponsored by the JCHA:

  • Tannehill and the Growth of the Alabama Iron Industry — James R. Bennett, Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission, 1999, available at www.tannehill.org, $45.
  • The Valley and the Hills, an Illustrated History of Birmingham and Jefferson County — Leah Rawls Atkins, Windsor Publications, 1981, available at the Birmingham Public Library Southern History Department, http://www.birminghamarchives.org/ArchivesStore.htm, $30



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