Adaline Manship

On February 21, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

Adaline Manship, circa 1846.

Adaline Daley Manship was born in Boston on February 23, 1822.  Adaline was one of seven children born to Mary Hudson Daley and David Daley, a skilled wood carver and carpenter.  The Daleys settled in Jackson, and by 1836, David Daley was engaged by William Nichols to serve as a contractor on the construction of the Mississippi State Capitol.  Charles Henry Manship arrived in Jackson in 1836, and it was not long before Manship was working on contracts superintended by David Daley.  Adaline and Charles Henry Manship were married on December 12, 1838, when Adaline was 16, and Charles Henry was 26 years old.  Fifteen children were born over the next 25 years, five of whom died in infancy. During the Civil War, Adaline and the ladies of Jackson formed organizations to help with the war effort.  A member of the Ladies Sewing Society for Confederate Soldiers, Adaline helped furnish clothing and other supplies to the soldiers.  Although no correspondence or written accounts from Adaline have survived, obituaries describe her as having a perennial cheerfulness and sunny nature.  She was said to have an excellent memory and exceptional powers of conversation.  Her life was one of service, caring for her children and family circle.  Adaline Manship lived to be 81, and died at home, December 23, 1903.


Victorian Valentines

On February 14, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

A PAIR OF SLIPPERS. – Every boy or girl will wonder what the little slippers in figure 3 are made of.  I am afraid if I wait for you to guess, you will never get them made, and I expect you will make several pairs before “St. Valentine’s Day.”  They are nothing in the world but peanut shells, and they are just as “cute” as can be.  Get a couple of peanuts, shaped as near alike as possible, cut an opening for the top with a sharp pen knife and slip the meat out.  It is a difficult matter to line the shell-slippers throughout, so just cut little insoles out of blue velvet or paper, and glue them on the bottom.  If you have a box of colors, you can paint the inside to match the color of the insoles, but this is not necessary.  A tiny bow of blue ribbon may be glued on the toe.  Tie them together with a piece of the ribbon.  Having the little slippers ready, you can mount them on a plain, white card, or upon a heart-shaped affair, as seen in figure 3.  A heart is cut out of pasteboard, and covered with red velvet or satin.  A spray of Forget-me-nots can be cut out of cretonne and pasted on, and the lettering painted on in blue.  The back has a piece of paper pasted over it.  It is attached to an arrow, which is sawed out of white wood and gilded.

American Agriculturist. February, 1886.

Reproduction valentine.


Manship Birthdays

On February 7, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

Charles Henry Manship, Jr. (top left), David Manship (top right), Addie Manship (center), Kate Manship (front left), and friends.  Call number  Z/1129.000 MDAH Collection.

February marks the occasion of several Manship family birthdays.  Adaline Manship and three of Adaline and Charles Henry Manship’s fifteen children were born during the month of February.  Manship family birthdays include: Adaline Daley Manship, born February 23, 1822; James Daley Manship, born February 27, 1841, died May 23, 1842; Charles Henry Manship Jr., born February 16, 1843; and Adaline (Addie) Manship, born February 15, 1849.


Cleaning the Manship House

On January 27, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

Cleaning walls.

Thanks to efforts of AmeriCorps Team Delta 5 and MDAH volunteers, several significant projects have been completed at the Manship House.  The team and volunteers worked inside the Manship House cleaning floors and walls, removing dirt from the recent foundation repair project.  The work completed by the AmeriCorps Team and volunteers will help the site prepare for re-opening.

AmeriCorps Team Delta 5.


New Garden

On January 15, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

Michael Gentry and AmeriCorps team members remove tree stumps from the garden area.

Development of a new garden feature is underway at the Manship House Museum.  AmeriCorps team Delta 5, MDAH volunteers, and garden specialist Michael Gentry prepared the walkways and beds for an heirloom vegetable garden.  The new garden will feature varieties of vegetables commonly grown in nineteenth century kitchen gardens, similar to those the Manship family may have grown.  We know from an oral history interview that there was still a vegetable garden on site in the 1920s.  The vegetable garden was probably located north of the Manship House, on what is now the Baptist Hospital parking lot.  The heirloom vegetable garden will provide a unique educational resource for visitors to connect with history and nature.

The new garden.


AmeriCorps Team Clears Manship Grounds

On January 7, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

The Manship House Museum and grounds are looking much better thanks to the efforts of AmeriCorps Team Delta 5 and MDAH volunteers.  The team and volunteers worked together to remove years of overgrown nuisance vegetation, cleared away a large bamboo thicket, pruned trees and shrubs, and hauled away many fallen tree limbs from the Manship grounds.  Removal of nuisance vegetation greatly improved the appearance of the grounds and allowed more sunlight in garden areas.

Clearing bamboo.

MDAH volunteers Lucky and Debbie Osborne work on Visitors Center shrubs.

Many loads of nuisance vegetation were removed from the Manship grounds.


AmeriCorps Team Paints Fence

On December 30, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

AmeriCorps Team Delta 5 has been hard at work at the Manship House Museum over the past weeks.  The fence surrounding the Manship House and Visitors Center was in need of repair and painting.  After repairs were completed by Capitol Facilities, the AmeriCorps team and MDAH volunteers got to work scraping loose paint from the fence.  Fence boards were primed, and the entire fence received a fresh coat of paint.  The team completed several significant projects that will help the site prepare for re-opening in 2014.

State Capitol Facilities employee provides instruction on fence repair.

Team members scrape the fence.

The fence is primed and painted.


AmeriCorps Team at the Manship House

On November 25, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

Capitol Facilities prepares the Manship House fence for painting.


Over the next few weeks, AmeriCorps NCCC team Delta 5 will be at the Manship House Museum working on a variety of projects to help the site prepare for re-opening.  The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) helps communities meet their most compelling needs.  NCCC service issue areas include:

1. Disaster services (preparation, mitigation, response, recovery)

2. Environmental stewardship and conservation

3. Urban and rural development

4. Energy conservation

5. Infrastructure support

AmeriCorps team members are men and women age 18 to 24 who serve a full-time, 10-month term to address community needs on teams of about 9-11 members. Team Delta 5, comprised of seven members, will soon work on priming and painting the white board and picket fence surrounding the Manship House and Visitors Center.  State Capitol Facilities have been busy pressure washing and repairing the fence to prepare it for painting.



New Discovery

On November 5, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

Sometimes, the smallest thing can lead to an exciting new discovery.  Since the Manship House first opened as a museum in 1982, the back porch walls, ceiling, and door frames were all painted a cream color, the same color used for the exterior trim. Recently, a scrape on the back porch door frame uncovered what appeared to be a dark color hidden underneath layers of the cream colored paint.  A small section of the paint was carefully removed from the door frame, exposing mahogany graining underneath, a detail that had previously not been known.  Small sections of all the other door frames were also investigated, and indicated that all the door frames had been grained in imitation of mahogany, to match the doors.  This new discovery provides additional insight on how Charles Henry Manship decorated his home, and will help to guide future restoration efforts.

Manship House back porch.

Mahogany graining underneath layers of paint on door frame.




On October 28, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones

Charles Henry Manship used his skill as a decorative painter on most of the wood elements throughout the Manship House.  Pine doors were painted to look like mahogany, dining room walls were painted in imitation of a paneled oak room, mantels imitate marble, and baseboards were painted to look like slate, mahogany, and oak.  During the foundation repair project, new baseboards were fabricated and installed around several chimneys.  The new baseboards required the skills of fifth generation master-grainer Malcolm Robson, to recreate those originally done by Manship.  Baseboards in the dining room imitate a wide mahogany base with an oak cap.  The new baseboards were primed in pink and gold colors, and a glaze layer applied to imitate a basic wood grain.  The next glaze layer added the distinctive figuring characteristic of mahogany and oak.  Varnish was then applied for durability and luster.

The baseboard painted in base colors.

Next, a glaze layer is applied to imitate a basic oak and mahogany wood grain.

Master-grainer Malcolm Robson applies the figuring layer to the mahogany baseboard.