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Upcoming Programs


Mississippi Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 9 a.m.
Old Capitol Museum, Jackson

Scheduled in partnership with MDAH the day before the annual MDAH Social Studies Teachers Workshop, the MCSS Conference sessions will focus on “Social Studies in Mississippi: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3)” and include field trips to Jackson area historic sites/resources. For questions about MCSS conference registration please contact MCSS President Chuck Yarborough ( or MCSS Treasurer Marlo Hendrix (


31st Annual Social Studies Teachers Workshop: Hardship, Conflict, and Change: 1930-1954

Friday, November 6, 2015, 8 a.m – 3 p.m.
Old Capitol Museum, Jackson

This fall’s Annual Social Studies Teachers Workshop will focus on the tumultuous years 1930 through 1954. Session highlights will include a look at the New Deal in Mississippi; the rise of the Dixicrats; the shift of African Americans in World War II and the Korean War; and documenting Mississippi’s separate but equal policies in schools. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with a .5 CEU credit from Mississippi College as well as lesson plans and classroom resources focusing on William Faulkner, the World War II home front, and Brown v. Board of Education. A complete schedule and registration materials are available here: 2015 Teachers Workshop Registration (PDF). Contact museum division education staff at 601-576-6800 or email for more information.


Annual Welty Teachers CEU Workshop

Friday, February 19, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Eudora Welty House and Garden, Jackson

Celebrate the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize and Welty’s 1973 fiction prize for her novel The Optimist’s Daughter. Educators will leave with ideas for teaching Welty and other Pulitzer Prize-winning Mississippians, including Tennessee Williams and Natasha Tretheway, in the classroom. Cost $35.00, .5 CEU credit available through Mississippi College. For more information call 601-353-7762 or email


2nd Annual MDAH Spring Workshop: Innovators and Inventors

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Delta State University, Cleveland

MDAH is happy to announce its second Spring Teachers Workshop. This year’s day-long workshop theme will be Innovators and Inventors. Cost $40.00, .5 CEU credit available through Mississippi College. More information will be posted here in the coming months or contact museum division education staff at 601-576-6800 or


MDAH Summer Teachers School: Teaching Mississippi’s Complex History

Monday, June 20 – Friday June 24, 2016
William Winter Building, Jackson

For the second time, MDAH will host a week-long teacher workshop on teaching Mississippi’s complex history through primary source documents and artifacts. Sessions led by Chauncey Spears from the Mississippi Department of Education on the importance of teaching through primary sources, and Jennifer Stollman from the Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation on how to discuss race and create an open and trusting classroom, will be held to help teachers gain the tools needed to discuss Mississippi’s complex civil and humans rights history with their students.

Teachers will explore a topic of their choice for use in their classrooms that focus on complex issues in Mississippi’s history. They will then use the state archives to research their topic and identify primary source resources for use in writing a lesson plan. Topics examined in the 2015 workshop included:

  • The Great Migration Converges with Poetry and the Blues
  • How the African American Experience in World War II Helped End Jim Crow South
  • Freedom Summer: Free to Vote, Free to Learn
  • Choctaws, Missionary Schools, and Slaves

 To be considered for acceptance to the Summer Teachers School, applicants must justify the exploration of a particular topic and the impact they believe it will have on their teaching strategies and students. At the completion of the workshop, lesson plans will be posted on the Lesson Plans and Teaching Units section of the MDAH website, and teachers will be eligible for 3 CEUs.

For more information or to request an application packet, contact the MDAH education staff at or 601-576-6800.


Past Programs

MDAH Summer Teachers School: Teaching Mississippi’s Complex History

Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26, 2015
William Winter Building, Jackson

For the first time, MDAH hosted a week-long teacher workshop on teaching Mississippi’s complex history through primary source documents and artifacts. Topics included the Indian Removal act of 1830 and Jim Crow Laws or education and equal pay. Participants attended sessions and spent time in the state archives library researching and identifying primary source documents to be used in classroom lessons created by attendees. Finished lessons and resource packets will be posted on the MDAH website for use by teachers across the state.


MDAH Spring Social Studies Teachers Workshop: Women of Mississippi History

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Natchez Convention Center, Natchez

From the matriarchal societies of Native Americans to the women of the Civil Rights Movement, women have left their mark on the state of Mississippi. Educators learned about women’s roles during the Civil War, Vera Anderson (Mississippi’s answer to Rosie the Riveter), and more on February 21. PowerPoint presentations from the workshop are available at the links below. For more information contact the MDAH education staff at or 601-576-6800.


Annual Welty Teachers CEU Workshop: “The Dead” and “The Wanderers”

Friday, February 20, 2015, 8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Eudora Welty House and Garden

“The Wanderers” provides the magnificent conclusion to The Golden Apples, the story cycle many regard as Eudora Welty’s masterpiece. This year’s continuing education workshop focused on this story in comparison to James Joyce’s “The Dead,” one of his best-known and most acclaimed works. Participants read both stories to prepare for the discussion-based workshop, led by Millsaps College faculty members Dr. Suzanne Marrs and Dr. Austin Wilson.

Suzanne Marrs is the editor of the recently published What There is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell and is the author of two highly regarded books, One Writer’s Imagination: The Fiction of Eudora Welty, and Eudora Welty, A Biography. She has received the Phoenix Award for Distinguished Welty Scholarship from the Eudora Welty Society and the Distinguished Professor Award from Millsaps College, where she is Professor of English and Welty Foundation Scholar-in-Residence.

Austin Wilson received his Ph. D. from the University of South Carolina, where he studied creative writing under James Dickey and George Garrett. His poetry and fiction have appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies. In 2009 he retired after a thirty-three year career of teaching English at Millsaps College. Since his retirement from teaching, he received a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission and residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and Hambidge Center.

For more information contact Lee Anne Bryan at 601-353-7762 or


30th Annual Social Studies Teachers Workshop: Turn of the Century Mississippi

The 2014 Annual Social Studies Teachers Workshop on Turn-of-the-Century Mississippi was held November 7, 2014 at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson. PowerPoint programs presented at the Workshop have been made available by permission of the presenters (see links below). If you have any questions on the information in any other presentations, please contact the museum division education staff via email at