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web_Sherman_IMG_4142History comes to life after hours with the fifth annual Present Meets Past at the Old Capitol Museum on Thursday, October 24, 5–8 p.m.  Walk the halls of the historic building and learn about life and politics in nineteenth century as living history performers portray Mississippians from the past.

 “This annual living history program allows our visitors, young and old, to come face-to-face with the past, providing an interactive way to learn more about our state's history,” said Old Capitol Museum director Clay Williams. 

Upon entering the Old Capitol visitors will meet eleven historical figures including  William Tecumseh Sherman, Union general who captured Jackson in 1863; William Wing, first keeper of the Capitol; Mr. and Mrs. Manship, mayor of Jackson and his wife, and Henry Clay, U. S. Senator who visited Jackson while running for the Presidential nomination in 1843.

The performers will remain in character throughout the evening, and visitors are invited to ask questions and interact with them

At noon on Wednesday, October 23, the History Is Lunch Series will present a preview of the program at the Old Capitol Museum. The sneak peek will include Stephen D. Lee, first president of Mississippi State University and former Confederate general, and John Quitman, the tenth and sixteenth governor of Mississippi.

For more information call 601-576-6920 or email

Upcoming History Is Lunch Events 

October 30: Museum of Mississippi History project director Cindy Gardner will talk about plans for the new museum. WINTER BUILDING
November 6: Methodist minister Rayford Woodrick will present “Methodism in Mississippi.” WINTER BUILDING
November 13: Mike Stoll, MDAH historian, will present "Above and Beyond: Mississippi's Medal of Honor Recipients." OLD CAPITOL MUSEUM

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