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Festival Book

August 9, 2013

Hello everyone! One more week until Festival! Are you ready? We’re proud to present the official Festival Book, accessible by clicking the link below:

39th Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival Book

All the information you need to know can be found within, and if there are any other questions you have, of course, feel free to leave us a note here, on Facebook, or at We can’t wait to see you in Birmingham next weekend!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Pat Birmingham permalink
    August 11, 2013 7:32 pm

    Could you tell me how the name Birmingham is connected to the Hungarian neighborhood? My grandmother was born in Hungary and I was raised there. I married and now have the last name, Birmingham. I know it’s not Hungarian, so I just wanted to know how the name became associated with the Hungarian neighborhood.

    • betsyroses permalink*
      August 12, 2013 9:18 am

      Thomas Barden and John Ahern wrote a book called “Hungarian American Toledo” which summarizes it best:

      The shift from agriculture to industry as the primary activity in Birmingham can be attributed specifically to the establishment of a foundry by the National Malleable Castings Company, which transferred a number of Hungarian workers from its home plant in Cleveland to its new East Toledo site on Front Street in 1892. This was the origin of the neighborhood as it is presently known. With approximately two hundred workers moving in, Birmingham quickly became a working-class Hungarian enclave. Their arrival is documented in the registers kept at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where many of the first Hungarian settlers recorded their baptisms, marriages, and deaths before St. Stephen’s Church was built in 1899. Moreover, this dating of the origin of Birmingham is confirmed in a profile of Hungarian-American communities that was published at the turn of the century by the Cleveland Hungarian daily newspaper Szabadság (Freedom).

      (It was called Birmingham due to the “look” of the factories on the riverfront in the neighborhood taking after Birmingham, England.

      • Pat Birmingham permalink
        August 13, 2013 7:25 am

        Thank you for the response. Does any one know where the name Birmingham came from?

  2. September 11, 2014 2:33 pm

    “Birmingham’s name, like that of the “Irontown” neighborhood just to its north, was meant to invoke a thriving iron and steel manufacturing center, and by the time of the First World War, it did resemble its English namesake, with National Malleable having been joined by United States Malleable; Maumee Malleable Castings; two coal yards; a cement-block manufactory; and the Rail Light Company (later Toledo Edison). The population of East Toledo was growing rapidly, going from 17,935 in the 1900 census to 39,836 in 1920. With this increase came civic amenities such as sidewalks, paved streets, grocery and dry goods stores, banks, bakeries, and saloons. Often, the owners of these establishments lived above the store.”

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