Present Meets Past at Old Capitol Museum

History comes to life after hours with the second annual Present Meets Past: Voices from Mississippi History at the Old Capitol Museum on Thursday, October 21, 5–8 p.m. Walk the storied halls of the building and learn about life and politics in the nineteenth century as living history performers portray Mississippians from the past.

“The idea is to bring to life the time the Old Capitol served as the statehouse so that visitors experience the building not just as a museum but as the place where government functioned,” said Old Capitol Museum director Clay Williams.

The performers will remain in character throughout the evening, and visitors are invited to ask questions and interact with them. John R. Lynch, the first African American to serve as Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, will be portrayed in the House Chamber. Lynch went on to become the first African American Mississippian elected to the United States Congress.

Other characters from Mississippi’s past will include Letitia Dickson, boarding house owner and organizer of the celebration of former President Andrew Jackson’s visit to Jackson; Piety Smith Hadley, the inspiration for the 1839 bill “for the protection and preservation of the rights and property of married women;” Theodore Link, architect of the New Capitol; and F.A. Whiting, Keeper of the Capitol during the last years of the Civil War.

For more information email the Old Capitol Museum of call 601-576-6920.

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