Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Sheffield Sunday

If you grew up in the Shoals, you probably spent several Sunday afternoons of your formative years in Sheffield, either cruising around the stand pipe, visiting one of the town's remaining drive-in restaurants, or looking up in wonder at the giant Santa during the holidays.

Perhaps you even drove through the Village admiring the Spanish-style houses. If so, here's a chance to own a rare souvenir of that architectural delight, now available on eBay: Link


Sheffield still has much to offer, especially this Sunday afternoon:

The Tennessee Valley Historical Society (TVHS) will hold its Quarterly Summer Meeting on Sunday, 22 August 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at the Sheffield Public Library located at 316 North Montgomery Avenue in downtown Sheffield, Alabama.

This quarter’s speaker will be Tom McKnight who will give a power-point presentation on the Mosaic Templars of America, (MTA); an African American fraternal organization whose presence throughout Alabama and particularly northwest Alabama was an organization of great significance.

Though headstones marking member’s existence can be found scattered throughout city, church, private cemeteries and farm land, knowledge of the organization’s existence, purpose and some of members were unknown until research brought to light the organization’s history and some of its members.

Mr. McKnight, President of the Tennessee Valley Historical Society is also Colbert County Historical Landmark Foundation’s Program Chairperson and has made his home in northwest Alabama after retiring from a career with the United Nations. McKnight’s membership affiliations include Tuscumbia’s Civitan; American Legion Post 31, consulting member of the Sheffield Historical Commission and engagements in other history and research projects.

He’s a graduate of Columbia University School of Public Health (MPH) and holds a Business Management degree from the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York.

Tennessee Valley Historical Society meetings are open to the public, free of charge. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tennessee Valley Historical Society President Tom McKnight, at 914-707-0528.

What's up with this: Apparently the rail car business was much better in 2003 if this quote concerning Greg Aziz's new home is any indication:
"This 14,400-square-foot mansion, a replica of the famed Le Petit Trianon at Versailles, is being built on the Caledon estate of National Steel Car chairman Greg Aziz at an estimated cost of $3 million."


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