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At noon on Wednesday, October 29, as part of the History Is Lunch Series, Old Capitol Museum staff will present a preview of Present Meets Past, an annual living-history program where reenactors portray Mississippians from the nineteenth century. Old Capitol Museum director Clay Williams will present four historical figures from the building's past: Charlotte Capers, L.Q.C. Lamar, Ephraim G. Peyton, and William Porter.

Charlotte Capers, MDAH director 1955-69, will also make an appearance. Capers oversaw the restoration of the Old Capitol and established the state history museum. L.Q.C. Lamar served as U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ephraim G. Peyton was a state legislator who opposed secession. After the Civil War he was appointed to the High Court of Errors and Appeals. William Porter, the only fictional character, is based on a composite of Board of Health employees during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878.

This program will be held at the Old Capitol Museum.


November 5: Historian Walter Howell will talk about his new history of Clinton, Mississippi, Town and Gown.
November 12: Deborah Thomas, Library of Congress, will talk about "Chronicling America."
November 19: Carolyn J. Brown will talk about her book Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker.

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.


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