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Meet the blog team

March 28, 2011

Jerry Desmond, executive director, Liz Ellaby, administrator, contributors John Morse and Dana Crisson

Where to find artifacts and interpretive exhibits on Birmingham’s history? Come to the Birmingham History Center, the city’s newest and only general history museum, at 1731 First Avenue North in downtown Birmingham.

Where to talk about the city’s history, how the past is shaping the present, what’s new and what’s true about the Magic City?  Come visit 1731 Blog Avenue, where we’ll add to what’s known about the new South city.

Our writers

On the far left, and wearing the Union cap, is executive director and resident Yankee Jerry Desmond, naming genius who titled the blog after the museum’s downtown Birmingham street address. Seated are museum and blog administrator Liz Ellaby with blogger Dana Crisson, freelance writer and formerly McWane Science Center manager of community relations.  Seated above is John Morse, Bhamwiki founder, publisher, chief fact-finder and sole passenger of the 1892 Brewster Brougham coach displayed at the history center’s entrance.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2011 3:48 pm

    This is a much needed addition to what Birmingham is in terms of past and present. Not to mention, where it’s headed. I’ve added the feed from this blog to the B’ham’s Feeds Page ( for RSS Birmingham per Liz’s request. Looking forward to getting to know you folks and see what you have in store for Birmingham’s past, present and future.


  2. Jenna, History undergraduate student at UAB permalink
    April 1, 2011 10:03 am

    I had the pleasure of meeting Liz and Jerry during my first visit to the Birmingham History Center a few weeks ago. Each were equally welcoming and kind, and I had the honor of getting a brief personalized tour of a few of the exhibits! The message I took away from my visit is that the staff are very knowledgeable and excited to share their time to answer questions and offer insight about the exhibits.
    I was impressed with the layout and atmosphere of the center. It posesses a very organic flow to it that lends itself to the “weaving through time” concept. I look forward to seeing Birmingham History Center grow to become a well-known and revered part of the community.


  3. Dez permalink
    April 1, 2011 9:44 am

    A fine looking group. I am looking forward to interacting with everyone on this site. For a relatively young “New South” city, Birmingham has an interesting history, full of interesting characters. As a new resident, I shared with the rest of the country a perception that Birmingham’s history is about the iron and steel industry and civil rights. There are many more stories to tell. That is what the Birmingham History Center is all about.

    One note – in defense of the Civil War kepi – it was worn to honor my Great -Great-Grandfather, Corporal Cornelius J. Desmond, who served in the 15th Maine Volunteer Regiment during the War of the Southern Rebellion.


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