History of Old Capitol Subject of Program - posted January 09, 2014
At noon on Wednesday, March 12, as part of the History Is Lunch Series, Mike Stoll and Clay Williams will examine the history of the Old Capitol, Jackson’s oldest building, with "The Old Capitol: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly."
Williams and Stoll will cover well-known events such as the secession convention and constitutional conventions as well as lesser-known but significant legislation and statesmen, and the building's later uses as a state office building and history museum. The pair will touch on many of the odd stories involving ghosts, strange speeches, or building catastrophes.
Clay Williams has been director of the Old Capitol Museum since 2008 and an employee with MDAH since 1999. Mike Stoll has been education historian at the Old Capitol Museum since October 2010. He previously worked at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.
This program will be held in the Old Capitol Museum.
Unless otherwise noted, History Is Lunch programs are held on the first floor of the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. Throughout March the series will move to the Old Capitol Museum and presentations will focus on that site in honor of its 175th anniversary.
March 19: Millsaps College assistant professor of history Stephanie Rolph will discuss civil and voting rights with "A Century of Voting in Mississippi." This program will be held in the Old Capitol Museum.
March 26: MDAH Museum Division director Lucy Allen will discuss the museum history of the Old Capitol with "From Mummies to Modern Day: The State History Museum." This program will be held in the Old Capitol Museum.
April 2: MDAH Historic Resources Specialist Caroline Gray-Primer will present "The Life and Sacrifice of PFC Milton L. Olive III."
April 9: musician Stephen Wade will explore through live music, historical images, and narrative the stories behind his new book The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, will talk about the banjo tradition in Mississippi and the South. This program will be held in the Old Capitol Museum.
April 16: William Heath will discuss his book on Freedom Summer, The Children Bob Moses Led.
April 23: Writer Ellen Ann Fentress will present “Reporting on the Reporter: The Bill Minor Project.”
April 30: MDAH historians Amanda Lyons and Will Morgan present the third installment in their series on the Dutch Fliers. This program will be held in the Old Capitol Museum.
May 7: MDAH historian Jeff Giambrone will present "To Die by the Flag Rather than Disgrace It: Black Mississippians Who Served in the Union Army During the Civil War." This program will be held in the Old Capitol Museum.
May 14: Sade Turnipseed, Delta Renaissance, will present “The Legacy of the Cotton Pickers of the South.”
May 21: MDAH volunteer staff coordinator Elizabeth Coleman will report on the varied roles of volunteers at MDAH sites.
For more information about any of these programs, contact the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.