Birmingham History Collection

The Birmingham History Center was created in 2005 by the Jefferson County Historical Association. It operated as Birmingham’s first city history museum and was located in the Young & Vann Building downtown from 2010 to 2013. In October 2013, the museum was forced to move when they were unable to renew their lease. As a result, all of the contents of their exhibits were relocated into a climate-controlled storage facility with certain collections placed in the display cases set around the city.

In January 2018, the boards of both the Birmingham History Center and Vulcan Park and Museum decided to merge the two organizations officially. Now the Birmingham History Center Collections at Vulcan Park and Museum remains housed in climate-controlled storage with artifacts from the collection still rotating through displays around the city and Vulcan Park and Museum’s Linn-Henley Gallery.

Vulcan Park and Museum has plans to bring the Jefferson County Historical Association’s forward-thinking dream of a comprehensive history museum for the city of Birmingham to life! There are many museums located in Birmingham that tell their version of our city’s unique story, but Vulcan plans to tie all of these stories together into one.

Linn-Henley Gallery

No city in the country has the number of soft drink brands as Birmingham. There have been brands we all recognize and that are still sold today. Most have long fallen by the wayside. Where does one find a bottle of Ala-Cola, Cafa-Cola, Cola-Nip, Fan-Taz, Glee-Cola, My-Cola, Nifty-Cola, Rye-Ola, or Wiseola? Yet there was a time that these brands and more found eager markets in Birmingham but also in adjacent states, in other regions of the country, in Canada, Mexico, Panama, Cuba, and Australia.

Birmingham Bottling: Soft Drinks in the Magic City Presented by Coca-Cola Birmingham Bottling Company, will feature the products that have quenched the city’s thirst for sugar and fizz. Built around Vulcan Park and Museum’s collection of memorabilia and vintage soda bottles, Birmingham Bottling overviews the city’s history of soft drinks, exploring why Birmingham led the nation in soft drink brands.