The Vision for the Huntsville History Collection

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The Vision for the Huntsville History Collection

The key elements of the Huntsville History Collection are People, Places, Stories and the internet linked together to provide a web of information about the history and architecture of Huntsville.
LeRoy Pope Walker was the first Secretary of War for the Confederacy who ordered the attack on Fort Sumpter, which was the first battle of the Civil War. He lived at 413 McClung Avenue in Huntsville.
He was the defense attorney for the trial of Frank James in Huntsville which was held in the Calhoun House at 301 Eustis Avenue SE.
Hopefully, in the near future, youngsters and oldsters alike will be able to stroll through our virtual history, visiting the buildings, meeting the people and hearing the stories of how we came to be who we are today.

Huntsville & Madison County Have:

  • A rich history of people, architecture, culture and technology that spans two centuries
  • An abundance of historic districts, buildings, artifacts, museums, history publications, archives, historic markers, re-enactments, …
  • A large community of organizations and individuals that want to preserve that history.

The problem is accessibility.

The Vision

A community-based internet portal that:

  • Provides easy access to existing Huntsville’s history resources
  • Encourages the preservation of Huntsville's history by groups and individuals
  • Enables enrichment of content through artful linking of elements

Key Elements

  • People
  • Places
  • Stories
  • Internet

All linked to provide a web of information about the history and architecture of Huntsville.

Places

  • An inventory of historic district and other historically significant buildings
  • Over 5,500 images from:
    • The Harvie Jones Architectural Collection
    • The Historic American Building Survey
    • Recent photographs
    • A variety of other sources
  • A repository of building dates, descriptions, drawings, art, facts, etc.
  • Links to Google and other maps
  • Links to related materials, local & otherwise
  • Ability to contribute pictures, stories and links

People

  • A list of people who have shaped Huntsville and the World with:
  • Photographs
  • Basic facts (birth, death, burial)
  • Genealogical information
  • Biographical notes
  • Internal links to homes, stories, other people
  • External links to web-based information

Stories

  • Stories that link the people and the places into a web of local information, including:
  • Research-based information such as:
    • The Historic Huntsville Quarterly articles
    • The Huntsville Historical Review articles
    • Architectural information from Harvie Jones and others
    • Historical information from Nancy Rohr and others
  • Local lore such as legends & ghost stories
  • Contributions of personal stories (and pictures)
  • Links to external web-based resources

Existing Collections Include:

  • An inventory of historic district and other historic buildings with related facts, photos & stories
  • A collection of notes, stories, links and other information about the People of Huntsville
  • Harvie Jones Architectural Collection
  • Historic American Buildings Survey
  • Historic Huntsville Quarterly
  • Huntsville Historical Review
  • Photographic collections from HMCPL, AlabamaMosaic, Twickenham Cookbooks, …
  • Glimpses of Early Huntsville by Nancy Rohr
  • Huntsville scenes by local artists such as Lee Harless, Yuri Ozaki, Jerry Brown, …
  • A variety of maps both historic and current
  • Lists of local history resources such as museums, websites, publications, …
  • And more to come

Future Possibilities:

  • Integration of other data sources (photos, stories, historical surveys, etc.)
  • Expanded coverage of Old Town, Five Points, other historic districts and buildings of Madison County
  • The Space program
  • Life in the Mill villages
  • Cemetery Stroll videos
  • Huntsville & the Civil Rights Movement

Hopefully, in the near future, youngsters and oldsters alike will be able to stroll through our virtual history, visiting the buildings, meeting the people and hearing the stories of how we came to be who we are today.

We need your help to realize this vision.

What exists today is just the beginning. We hope to include many more articles from Huntsville's history publications and improve the integration of existing web-based resources. But most importantly, we want the citizens of Huntsville to add their own stories and pictures of Huntsville's past.


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