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HOMEPAGE-HIL_Gov Winter_from 90th birthdayAt noon on Wednesday, September 4, as part of the History Is Lunch series at the Old Capitol Museum, the Honorable William F. Winter will discuss the Civil War governors of Mississippi, John Jones Pettus (1859-1863) and Charles Clark (1863-1865).

William F. Winter served as Governor of Mississippi from 1980 to 1984. Prior to that he had been elected to the offices of state representative, state tax collector, state treasurer and lieutenant governor. He has been chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Southern Growth Policies Board, the Commission on the Future of the South, the National Civic League, the Kettering Foundation, the Foundation for the Mid South, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. He was a member of President Clinton’s National Advisory Board on Race. His term as Governor has been nationally acclaimed for the groundbreaking passage of education reform legislation. He was instrumental in the founding of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi. He was awarded the Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. An attorney in the Jones Walker law firm in Jackson, he is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law. He is married to the former Elise Varner, they have three daughters, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

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Upcoming programs:
September 4: The Honorable William F. Winter will talk about wartime governors of Mississippi. OLD CAPITOL MUSEUM
September 11: Conservation expert Kim Du Boise of USM will present "Conservation Saves Memories." WINTER BUILDING
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 18: MDAH historian Clarence Hunter will present "Marshall and Medgar in Mississippi." WINTER BUILDING
September 25: MDAH historian Jim Woodrick will present “Mississippi’s College Mascots.” WINTER BUILDING
October 2: Archives Month program. WINTER BUILDING
October 9: Archaeology Month program featuring archaeologist Sam Brookes. WINTER BUILDING
October 15: TUESDAY SPECIAL SESSION. Author Charles Bolton will discuss his new book, William F. Winter and the New Mississippi: A Biography. OLD CAPITOL MUSEUM
October 16: MDAH archivist Chloe Edwards will discuss the Gates v. Collier decision and Parchman Penitentiary. WINTER BUILDING
October 23: Preview of Old Capitol Museum program "Present Meets Past." OLD CAPITOL MUSEUM
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
November 20: MDAH staff Amanda Lyons and Will Morgan will present a third program in the series "Patriots without a Country: Jackson's Flying Dutchmen." OLD CAPITOL MUSEUM

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