Upcoming Calendar of Events
Now – February 14, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Eudora Welty Education and Visitor Center. Life into Fiction: The Murder of Medgar Evers and “Where is the Voice Coming From?” The exhibit will examine how that event impelled Eudora Welty to write one of the most gripping and political stories of her career, as well as the repercussions Welty faced after her story was published in The New Yorker. Pages from Welty’s original manuscript draft, the July 1963 issue of The New Yorker, in which the story was published, photographs, and other related artifacts will be featured. For more information or to reserve a tour, call 601-353-7762 or email Eudora Welty House.
December 3–31 at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. Winter Holidays. Enjoy the model trains of Possum Ridge and period toys and Christmas trees. Exhibit open Mondays, noon–4:30; Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The Winter Building will be closed Dec. 24-25 for Christmas. Reservations required for groups of ten or more. For more information or to make a reservation, call 601-576-6800.
December 3–31 at the Old Capitol Museum. Years of Yuletide: Christmas in Jackson. This exhibit highlights various Jackson Christmas traditions with selected artifacts and photos. For more information call 601-576-6800.
December 3–20 at the Governor’s Mansion. Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion. The historic section of the Governor’s Mansion features traditional holiday decorations using seasonal greenery. Free guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the half-hour. (Closed weekends and Mondays.) Reservations must be made in advance for groups of ten or more. The Governor’s Mansion will be closed for tours from Tuesday, December 24, through Friday, January 3, 2014. The Mansion may be closed at other times during the month for official state functions. To confirm the availability of the Mansion for tours or for information, call 601-359-6421.
December 10–31 at Historic Jefferson College. Celebration of Christmas Trees. Local school groups and home educators adopt Christmas trees and decorate them for class projects. For more information call 601-442-2901 or email email@example.com.
Monday, December 16, 5 p.m. at the Eudora Welty Education and Visitors Center. Deadline for Scholastic Writing Awards Submissions. This competition is open to 7th through 12th grades statewide for public, private, and home school students. The regional competition is hosted by the partnership between the Eudora Welty Foundation and the Eudora Welty House, and is made possible through a grant from the C Spire Foundation. Submissions must be registered online at www.artandwriting.org and mailed or delivered to the Education and Visitors Center. For more information, call Lee Anne Bryan at 601-353-7762.
Tuesday, January 7, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. Celebrating 175 Years of History. Kick off the Old Capitol’s 175th birthday celebration with special activities, re-enactors, and tours. The event will begin a year-long contest where visitors vote for the most important event in the Old Capitol’s history. For more information call 601-576-6920.
Thursday, January 23, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. Mystery Happened Here: An Evening of Intrigue at the Old Capitol. Enjoy an evening of mystery and comedy with the Detectives Mystery Dinner Theater players as they attempt to solve a spectacular crime. Wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres reception to follow. Tickets required. For more information or tickets call 601-576-6920.
Thursday, January 30, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. Face to Face with History. School groups come face to face with key figures who helped shape the history of the Old Capitol and the state of Mississippi. Reservations are required. For more information or to book this special tour, call 601-576-6920.
Thursday, February 6, at the Old Capitol Museum. Elementary Youth Legislature. The Old Capitol Museum will host the annual Elementary Youth Legislature. Students gain knowledge of our state’s political and legislative systems by participating in a mock legislative session. For more information, call 727-612-6984.
Thursday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. The Black Codes to Brown vs. Board of Education. Authors Jere Nash and Michael Williams will discuss the struggle for civil rights from 1865 to 1955 in the House Chamber where legislators enacted the 1865 Black Codes to limit the rights of the newly freed slaves. For more information call 601-576-6920.