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HOMEPAGE-HIL_09.04.13-1As part of the History Is Lunch Series, on Wednesday, September 11, Jim Woodrick will present “A Brief History of Mississippi's College Mascots (and a Few Others for Good Measure).”

Few subjects excite Mississippians as much as the approach of college football, and along with football, few subjects inspire as much passion and (at times) controversy as college mascots, from "Bully" to the "Fighting Okra." At this week's History is Lunch program, historian Jim Woodrick will reveal the sometimes surprising history behind these foam-headed heroes of the gridiron.

A native of Meridian, Mississippi, Jim Woodrick serves as director of the Historic Preservation Division at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, where he worked for a number of years as the Civil War Sites Historian. He  is a graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson.


September 17: TUESDAY SPECIAL SESSION Peter Slade, editor of "Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John Perkins," will talk about the remarkable life and work of this Jacksonian. Books available for purchase. OLD CAPITOL MUSEUM

September 25: MDAH historian Clarence Hunter presents "Marshall, Medgar, and Martin Bring Justice to Mississippi." WINTER BUILDING

October 2: MDAH staff Jeff Rogers and Cecilia Tisdale present an Archives Month program, “Searching the Digital Online Catalog.” WINTER BUILDING

October 9: Archaeology Month. Archaeologist Sam Brookes. WINTER BUILDING

October 16: MDAH archivist Chloe Edwards will discuss the Gates v. Collier decision and Parchman Penitentiary. WINTER BUILDING

October 23: Old Capitol Museum staff members present a preview of the upcoming program "Present Meets Past." OLD CAPITOL MUSEUM

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