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The Birmingham-Southern College Urban Environmental Studies Program is working with the City of Bessemer and the Silver Boomers to develop the Bessemer Collective Memory Project. BSC Urban Sociology students are conducting interviews to collect information on the personal memories of people growing up in Bessemer.
The purpose of the study is to examine how people recall the city’s past as part of their own history and what parts of these memories they pass along to their children. Data from this interview will be used in the development of video archive with the City of Bessemer as well as for articles on this topic.  
There is no compensation for participating in this study. However, the interview will assist in developing an oral history of the city of Bessemer.

Those who are interested in participating can contact Jake Ogle at jcogle@bsc.edu or Dr. William Holt at wholt@bsc.edu. The deadline for this project is Friday, December 9. Interviews will be taken through December 8.
If you have further questions about this project or if you have a research-related problem, you may contact the co-principle investigator, Dr. Holt at 205-226-4834 or at wholt@bsc.edu.
If you have any questions concerning your rights as a research subject, you may contact the BSC Birmingham-Southern College Institutional Review Board (IRB) Co-Chair Dr. Allie Ray at 205-226-3024 or at adray@bsc.edu. Please authorize your willingness to participate in this videotaped interview by signing on the line below.


The city of Bessemer, Alabama is soliciting proposals from a qualified historic preservation firm, team or individual (“consultant”) to prepare a comprehensive resurvey of historic buildings, structures and sites within the Downtown Bessemer National Historic District. The city plans to use this survey to update the boundaries of the Downtown Bessemer National Historic District. It is the intent of the city to select a single consultant to accomplish all services outlined in this RFP.


A survey of the Bessemer Downtown Historic District was completed in 1992, identifying several properties of historic significance. The U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, designated Downtown Bessemer as a National Historic District during the same year due to its significance in the growth of Jefferson County and Alabama and the architectural distinction within the Downtown district.


The city wishes to update the Downtown Historic District, including historic sites and its boundaries. The selected firm will work with the city’s Economic and Community Development Department and the Bessemer Historical Preservation Commission on the project. Funding for the project will come from a combination of a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service by way of the Alabama Historical Commission and city funds.


Consultants interested in receiving the full RFP package can do so by contacting Mr. Toraine Norris, Economic and Community Development Director, during normal business hours by calling 205-424-4060 or via email at tnorris@bessemeral.org. Deadline for proposal submission is noon on December 14, 2022.