Calendar of Events
July 7 - October 24 at the Old Capitol Museum. Our Hall of Fame Spotlight for this quarter will be Ellen S. Woodward, who became the second woman to serve in the Mississippi Legislature, when she was elected to complete her deceased husband’s term in 1925. She was later selected by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to serve as administrator of the Works Progress Administration in 1935. For more information call 601-576-6920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 14–November 15 at the Old Capitol Museum. Featuring photographs taken by Mississippi State University architecture students, this exhibit highlights unique modernist architecture from around the state. A response to new technologies like concrete, steel, and glass, modernist architecture arose in Europe in the early twentieth century and spread to the United States by the 1930s. Typically rejecting classical ornament and emphasizing volume, geometry, and exposed structure, it was popular in Mississippi from the 1930s through the 1970s. For more information email email@example.com or call 601-576-6920.
October 6–January 2016 at the Old Capitol Museum. Our Hall of Fame Spotlight for this quarter will be Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner, whose notable works such as The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom, and As I Lay Dying, provided the world with some of the greatest writings in American literature. For more information, call 601-576-6920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 7, noon-1 p.m. at the William F. Winter Archives Building - As part of the History Is Lunch series, Blake Wintory, assistant director of Lakeport Plantation, will present "Building Delta Plantations: Connecting Washington County, Mississippi, and Chicot County, Arkansas." For more information email email@example.com or call 601-576-6998.
Thursday, October 8, 9 a.m. - noon. Teams from selected high schools compete in a scholar’s bowl contest. This day-long quiz competition will test students’ knowledge of government and Mississippi history as teams compete to become Old Capitol Bowl champions. Registration is required. For more information, call 601-576-6920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 10, 1–4 p.m. at Winterville Mounds. Winterville Mounds archaeologist Mark Dingeldein and other MDAH archaeologists will be on hand to determine the age, origin, and function of artifacts. The public is encouraged to bring their private artifact collections for identification For more information call 662-334-4684 or email email@example.com.
Wednesday–Thursday, October 14–15, 8:30 a.m. –noon at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians. School children from Mississippi and Louisiana schools will learn about the local Native Americans and French Colonists who once resided in southwest Mississippi through hands on demonstrations and unique educational opportunities. This event is free to all school groups but space is limited. For more information call 601-446-6502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 14, noon-1p.m. at the William F. Winter Archives Building - As part of the History Is Lunch series, Brad Prewitt, executive director of the Chickasaw Nation’s Inkana Foundation, will screen First Encounter, a documentary film about the tribe’s contact with Europeans. For more information email email@example.com or call 601-576-6998.
Wednesday, October 21, noon–1 p.m. at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. As part of the History Is Lunch series, Maarten Zwiers will discuss his new book Senator James Eastland: Mississippi’s Jim Crow Democrat. Sales and signing to follow. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601-576-6998.
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum - As part of Archaeology Month, the annual Mississippi Archaeology Expo will be held on the Old Capitol Green and feature educational activities for all ages. Professional archaeologists will share their skills and knowledge, and visitors can observe fl intknapping, and artifact displays, ground-penetrating radar demonstrations and a mock archaeological dig. Other highlights include face painting, bracelet making, pendant coloring, ceramic making, and atlatl throwing. The event is free. For more information, call 601-576-6944 or email email@example.com.
Sunday, October 25, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians. One day concert featuring Americana and Roots Music performed by six acts. Local cuisine and art vendors will also be on hand. The event is open to the public and the cost of entry is $5 per adult and $3 per child. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. For more information call 601-446-6502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday–Friday, October 28–30, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at Winterville Mounds. Native American Days 2015 will feature Native American arts and crafts, storytelling, games, food, dancing, singing, primitive weapons and children’s activities. At the festival, meet Native American members of the Chickasaw of Oklahoma, Southern Pine Singers-Choctaw, Native American Cultural Exchange and Houma Nations. Representatives from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Southern Traditional Archery Association will also be present. This year will include the first ever night-time event, a “NA Days Bonfire.” Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information call 662-334-4684 or email email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 28, noon–1 p.m. at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. As part of the History Is Lunch series, Mississippi Heritage Trust director Lolly Barnes will present “10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi." For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601-576-6998.
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Eudora Welty House and Garden. Artist and author Barry Moser will read from his new autobiography, We Were Brothers. Moser created five wood-block prints depicting Welty at different stages of her life. The final print was released in December 2014 and are available in the gift shop. A reception will follow. Lemuria Books will be on-site with books for sale. For more information call 601-353-7762 or email email@example.com.
Thursday, October 29, 6 p.m. at Winterville Mounds. As part of Native American Days 2015, pan-tribal participants will do storytelling, dancing, chanting and drumming around the campfire. Food vendors will be open serving Indian tacos, buffalo burgers, buffalo sausages, corn, hot tamales, fish and much more. Admission is free. For more information call 662-334-4684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 29, 6:30-9 p.m. at Historic Jefferson College. Families are invited out to listen to (not too scary) ghost tales, related by local story tellers, while gathered around a blazing bonfire. Afterwards, children can search the grounds and buildings for rubber ducks, which they get to keep. Families should bring a blanket, flashlight, and bag. There is no charge for this program. For more information, call 601-442-2901 or email email@example.com.
Thursday, October 29, 5-8 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. Meet key figures who helped shape the history of the Old Capitol and Mississippi. For more information, call 601-576-6920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 4, noon–1 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. As part of the History Is Lunch series, Marty Wiseman, former director of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University, will discuss Mississippi politics. For more information email email@example.com or call 601-576-6998.
Thursday, November 5, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. The Mississippi Council for the Social Studies’ annual conference will focus on “Social Studies in Mississippi: College, Career, and Civic Life” and include field trips to Jackson-area historic sites. For more information, visit www.mcss.org.msstate.edu/.
Friday, November 6, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. “Hardship, Conflict, and Change: Mississippi 1930–1954” is the theme of the annual Social Studies Teachers Workshop. Scholars and professionals explore the theme and present ways it can be taught in the classroom. Lesson plans for grades 4–6 and 7–12 are included. A half CEU credit is available through Mississippi College. Registration cost is $40 and deadline is October 30. For more information call 601-576-6800.
Saturday–Sunday, November 14–15, all day, battle at 2 p.m. at Historic Jefferson College. Reenactors from around the south gather to recreate Wirt Adams' raid into Natchez. The public is welcome to attend and watch the festivities as both "Yankees" and "Rebs" reenact the battle in the "bowl." There'll be plenty of cannons and black-powder muskets firing, cavalry galloping and infantry advancing! For more information, call 601-442-2901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Eudora Welty House - Tom Piazza, former Visiting Chair of Southern Studies at Millsaps College, and author of Devil Sent the Rain, will read from his latest book, A Free State. Copies will be available for purchase through Lemuria Books at the Eudora Welty House, and a reception will follow. For more information, email email@example.com.