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Hoover Historical Society installs new officers

HOOVER ­– The Hoover Historical Society installed its new officers and honored other members for their work at a small ceremony at the Hoover-Randle House on May 15.

Mayor Frank Brocato installed the following officers for 2020-2021: Jim Langley, president; Carolyn Kolar, first vice president; Linda Joseph, second vice president; Debbie Burtnett, corresponding secretary; Edna McWilliams, treasurer; and Arnold Singer, assistant treasurer.

Langley also was named the Crouch Award winner, and Inez McCollum was presented with an award for her service as docent at The Folklore Center until her retirement in November.

Jim Langley received the Jack Crouch Service Award this year. (Contributed)

In other business, the Hoover Historical Society recently named Evan Christopher Neiters as the recipient of the Skilled Trades Scholarship administered by the group and sponsored by Signature Homes.

Neiters is a student at Hoover High School and also attends the Academy of Craft Training in Birmingham.

He is a second-year student in the electrical program and holds an OSHA 10, NCCER Core Curriculum and NCCER Electrical Level 1 certifications.

The scholarship is a one-time grant of $1,000 to be used for expenses related to matriculation or providing tools for starting a working career.

“This year, Evan has participated in a paid internship opportunity with Marathon Electrical and performed very well,” counselor Natalie Coleman said. “He has an amazing work ethic and is extremely dedicated to mastering his craft. He plans to accept an employment offer from Marathon Electrical after graduation. We are extremely proud of Evan and highly recommend him for this award.”

The Hoover Historical Society is inviting the public to participate in recording history throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“Among other sources, historians rely on journals and letters to reconstruct the events, opinions and culture of the past,” read an HHS flyer about the efforts. “COVID-19 is one of those interventions in life—e.g. the snowstorm of 1993, the terror attack of 9/11, the Vietnam War or the Stock Market Crash of 1987, where lives changed during and after the event. Historians of the future will want to know what life was like for everyday Americans during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.”

Residents of all ages can participate in creating an historical record for future generations by submitting emails, letters, texts, social media posts, journals, short stories, essays, poetry, artwork and photographs.

Submissions would become part of the historical society’s permanent collections.

Anyone who needs help with recording their experience, editing, scanning or instructions on journaling may be connected with one of the group’s volunteers.

Contact the Hoover Historical Society at or via the group’s Facebook page.

Submit stories, essays, poetry, artwork and photos to

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