Birmingham Public Library
Exhibit: Vintage Radios, Photographs Showcase Efforts
Establishing Electricity, Broadcasting in Alabama
November 6, 2007,
Birmingham Public Library will host “Turning On Alabama” Nov. 4 through
Dec. 30 featuring 1920-1945 photographs and artifacts from the
collections of the Alabama Power Company and Alabama Historical Radio
The unique exhibition on the main floor and in the fourth floor gallery
is sponsored by the Birmingham Historical Society and Birmingham Public
Historic artifacts and more than 60 large photographs from Alabama
Power’s archives highlight the company's growth, showing how power was
first generated and transmitted to homes, farms and industry and how
electricity affected the lives of all Alabamians. More than a dozen
vintage radios from the Radio Society will be on display.
The years between 1920 and 1945 saw one of the most intensive
construction periods in the company’s history. Mitchell, Martin, Jordan,
Yates and Thurlow dams and Chickasaw Steam Plant were built and units at
Gorgas Steam Plant were constructed. In 1922, Alabama Power launched WSY,
the state’s first licensed radio station.
WHAT: “Turning On Alabama” Opening Reception
WHO: Media and exhibit sponsors are invited
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 4, 3-5 p.m.
WHERE: The Birmingham Public Library
Gallery, 2100 Park Place
Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:
SO), provides reliable, affordable electricity to more than 1.4 million
customers across the state.