In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of “To Kill A Mockingbird” the Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring “The Birdhouse Project”, symbolizing the theme “Come Home To Monroeville/Monroe County in 2010”. The goal of the project is to create a “birdhouse trail” of places to visit, and to showcase the talent of residents of Monroe County who have designed, constructed and hand-painted the birdhouses which are placed throughout the county. The birdhouses are constructed of wood using materials purchased in Monroe County. All birdhouses have been hand painted by various artists, and are sponsored by businesses, schools and civic organizations. The project is ongoing. The Chamber of Commerce met its initial goal to place twenty-five birdhouses throughout the community in time for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the publication of “To Kill A Mockingbird” that was July 8-11. The Birdhouses have been photographed by many news organizations, and were featured prominently in articles in The Birmingham News, The Toronto Star, Business Alabama, Southern Living, and in national newscasts on CBS, ABC, and the BBC. They have also been photographed by Carol M. Highsmith for her George F. Landegger 21st Century Alabama Collection for The Library of Congress.
For more information on “The Birdhouse Project” please see www.monroevillebirdhouses.com.