2010 Annual Report

MDAH Sites Draw Tens of Thousands

It was a tremendous honor to have Governor Haley Barbour as the speaker for the inaugural Statehood Day celebration at the Old Capitol Museum on Thursday, December 10, 2009, commemorating the 192nd anniversary of Mississippi's entrance into the Union.

Research Use of MDAH Collections

More than 7,250 people came to the MDAH research library during the year; 28 percent of the researchers were visiting the archives for the first time and many required additional staff assistance and instruction. Researchers used more than 135,000 items, and staff answered more than 65,000 questions onsite and 8,000 mail and email inquiries.

Summer Camps

Discovery Week at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians allowed children to explore American Indian culture, French colonial history, and nature at this National Historic Landmark site. At Historic Jefferson College a four-day Naturalist Camp was launched in summer 2010 to complement the annual Pioneer Camp and Civil War Adventure Camp.

Children grades three to seven spent a week at the Old Capitol camp Mississippi Faces and Places learning about famous Mississippians and visitors through activities and crafts.

Native American Days at Winterville

Native American Days (November 4-7, 2009) featured Native American cooking, dancing, music, storytelling, games, children’s activities, and arts and crafts. Representatives from the Choctaw, Seminole, Cherokee, Coushatta, Muskogee, and Houma tribes came to share their cultures. Nearly six thousand people attended, and thirty-one volunteers put in numerous hours to help everything run smoothly.

Archaeology Expo

The second annual Mississippi Archaeology Expo was held in October at Millsaps College in Jackson. The event featured displays of Mississippi artifacts and a variety of free family activities, including pottery-making, basket weaving, spear throwing, jewelry-making, and flintknapping. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians demonstrated the tribal game of stickball, bead-making, drum-making, and basket-weaving.

Black and Blue Civil War Living History Encampment

The second annual Black and Blue Civil War Living History Encampment was held October 10 at Historic Jefferson College. Historians and reenactors presented a series of first-person accounts of enslaved people, white abolitionists, and white union officers that focused on the roles these people played in Mississippi and Louisiana during the Civil War. The St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church Civil War Choir performed.

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