Mississippi Historical Society Awards 2010 Prizes
The Mississippi Historical Society held its annual meeting in Gulfport, March 4 through 6, to honor its 2009 award winners and offer presentations focused on the meeting's theme of "Katrina Resurrection." More than 140 participants attended the sessions, where topics included the history and restoration of Beauvoir, the preservation of the Down South Magazine and the Dixie Press collections, and the state of historical sites, museums, and historical societies on the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
George Buss and James "Pat" Smith were the featured speakers at the annual meeting. Historical interpreter Buss portrayed Jefferson Davis in "Jefferson Davis at Beauvoir." Smith, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast history professor, presented the keynote address "Katrina: The Mississippi Tsunami" at the Friday banquet.
The society's award for the best Mississippi history book of 2009 went to Charles W. Eagles for his work The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss, published by the UNC Press.
Julie K. Heintz, Mississippi School for Math and Science, received the John K. Bettersworth Award, presented annually to an outstanding history teacher.
Charles L. Sullivan received the Dunbar Rowland Award for his lifelong contributions to the preservation, study, and interpretation of Mississippi history. Sullivan is the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Archivist and retired history professor.
Timothy J. Minchin and John A. Salmond were awarded the Halsell Prize for the best article published in the Journal of Mississippi History. Their article "'The Saddest Story of the Whole Movement': The Clyde Kennard Case and the Search for Racial Reconciliation in Mississippi, 1955-2007" appears in the Fall 2009 issue of the Journal of Mississippi History.
The Hancock County Historical Society won the Frank E. Everett Award for its outstanding contributions to the preservation and interpretation of Mississippi history.
Thomas N. Boschert, Delta State University visiting history professor, won the 2010 Mississippi History Now Award for his article "The Political Career of John Sharp Williams."
The Elbert R. Hilliard Oral History award was presented to April Grayson and Kate Medley for their exemplary oral history project "Opening Doors, Forging New Paths," concerning the integration of the University of Mississippi professional schools.
Awards of Merit were presented to Ray Bellande for his exemplary work in recording and preserving the history of Ocean Springs and for his longstanding and active participation in community and historical affairs; Julia Guice for her exemplary lifetime of service in recording and preserving the history of Biloxi and for her longstanding and active participation in community and historical affairs; Marguerite Hamill for her exemplary historical stewardship in preserving the invaluable Down South Magazine Collection; and to Cheri Dillard for her exemplary historical stewardship in preserving the invaluable Dixie Press Photograph Collection.
Awards of Merit were also presented to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for its century of outstanding service to the citizens of the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and its historical stewardship in establishing the MGCCC Archives; the University of Southern Mississippi for its century of outstanding service to the citizens of Mississippi and its long time support of the Journal of Mississippi History and sponsorship of the Junior Historical Society; and posthumously to William "Billy" Bourdin for his exemplary work in recording and preserving the history of Pass Christian.
Newly elected officers for the Mississippi Historical Society are Princella Nowell, Greenville, president; Aubrey Lucas, Hattiesburg, vice president; and Elbert R. Hilliard, MDAH, secretary-treasurer.
New members of the society's board of directors for 2010-2013 are Luther Brown, Delta State University; Charles Gray, Bay St. Louis; Brian Pugh, Brandon; Ken Shearer, Jackson; James "Pat" Smith, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast; and Jill Smith, New Albany. Web Heidelberg, Hattiesburg, was elected to fill an unexpired term.
William Parrish, Starkville, and David Sansing, Oxford, were re-elected to the Board of Publications for 2010-2013.
The Mississippi Historical Society, founded in 1858, encourages outstanding work in interpreting, teaching, and preserving Mississippi History. It provides annual grants to support programs of the Junior Historical Society and publishes books, maps, and other materials aimed toward the education of the general public. Membership is open to anyone; benefits include receiving the quarterly Journal of Mississippi History, the monthly Mississippi History Newsletter, and discounts at the Mississippi History Store. For information on becoming a member, call 601-576-6849 or see the MHS Web site.
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