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Upcoming Programs


Annual Welty Teachers Workshop

Friday, February 19, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Murrah Hall 200, Millsaps College, 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 Trethewey, in the classroom. The program includes a tour of the Eudora Welty House and Garden after the workshop.  

Presenters include Suzanne Marrs, Welty Foundation Scholar in Residence and Millsaps College emerita Professor of English, discussing Welty’s fiction; Michael Pickard, assistant professor of English and creative writing at Millsaps College discussing Trethewey’s poetry; and  Austin Wilson, former English professor at Millsaps College, discussing the work of playwright Williams. 

Nathasha Trethewey will join the group for discussion and lunch.

Cost $45/ includes lunch,  .5 CEU credit is available through Millsaps College.

Click here for registration. For additional information call 601-353-7762 or email Isabel Gray at


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, .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

 Click here for the registration and schedule.


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. Following the workshop, lesson plans will be posted on the Lesson Plans and Teaching Units section of the MDAH website. Applications for the program will be accepted until April 15, 2016.  3 CEU credits through Mississippi College and a $300 stipend will be available to teachers who complete the program.

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


Past Programs

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

The 31st Annual Social Studies Teachers Workshop was held on Friday, November 6, 2015. It focused on the tumultuous years 1929 through 1954. Sessions included a look at the New Deal in Mississippi; the rise of the Dixiecrats; the shift of African Americans in World War II and the Korean War; and documenting Mississippi’s separate but equal policies in schools. PowerPoint presentations from the workshop are available at the links below.  If you have any questions on the information in any other presentations, please contact the museum division education staff via email at

Connie LesterMississippi Economy in the Great Depression (PowerPoint); Resource Materials (PDF)
Chad Daniels – The South in World War II (PowerPoint)
Charles Chamberlain – Shift of African American Roles in World War II and the Korean War (PowerPoint); Resource Materials (PDF)
Jason Morgan Ward – Rise of the Dixiecrats (PowerPoint)
Jay Watson – Faulkner on Hardship, Conflict, and Change 1930-1954 (PowerPoint)
Connie LesterDiversification of Mississippi’s Economics (PowerPoint)
Jennifer BaughnDocumenting Separate but Equal (PowerPoint)
Claire GwaltneyOverview of MDAH Educational Resources and Online Materials (PowerPoint)


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.


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