Saturday with Shakespeare
ages are invited to see the Mississippi College Tribal Players perform scenes
from A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 12,
at the Manship House Museum. It’s
free. For more information call 601/ 941-4724.
Saturday, April 26, children ages five to twelve can learn to make crafts
from bygone eras. Crafts from the Past workshops are from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi
History, Jackson, and they’re free. For more information call 601/ 359-6920.
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Most Endangered Unveiling
unveiling of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places will take place at
the Naval Reserve building in downtown Jackson on Thursday,
April 24, at 7 p.m. It’s one of the best parties of the year: food,
music, dancing, and a silent auction of paintings of the 10 Most Endangered
Properties produced especially for this event by well known Mississippi artists—Wyatt
Waters, Elizabeth Johnson, Ron Lindsey, Briar Jones, and more. The list is produced
every other year to raise awareness about the threat to Mississippi’s most endangered
historic places. Tickets to the fundraiser are $25 for members and $35 for non-members
of the Mississippi Heritage Trust. For more information call the Trust at 601/
of the nineteen projects funded through the Museum Grant Act, established by the
Mississippi Legislataure, have been completed. The Northeast Mississippi Museum,
Corinth ($30,000), has completed planning for interpretive exhibits after
the museum’s anticipated move into the historic Corinth Depot. The Historic DeSoto
Mu-seum,Hernando ($110,000), has completed Phase I of a project to renovate the
museum building, and the Museum opened to the public on March 1. Tougaloo Art
Museum, Jackson ($75,000), has completed architectural pre-planning and museum
interpretive planning for a project to renovate the Brownlee Gymnasium to house
the Tougaloo College art collection. The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum,
Biloxi ($100,000), has developed, constructed, and installed exhibits.
Mississippi Heritage Trust and MDAH are cosponsoring the annual Experience
Mississippi Historic Preservation Conference in Jackson, Friday,
April 25. The theme of the conference
will be “Historic Neighborhoods,” featuring tours of the Medgar Evers Historic
District and Belhaven and Belhaven Heights historic districts in Jackson. A special
session, “Preservation Efforts in the Belhaven Historic District,” will precede
the afternoon tour of the neighborhood. Registration, $40 for the conference (including
lunch), is held 8:30-9:00 a.m. at the Standard Oil building, 600 E. Amite Street.
Tickets to the luncheon alone (at Hal & Mal’s Restaurant) are $15. For more
information call 601/ 354-0200.
OFFER: A package deal of $60 includes admission to both the 10 Most Endangered
unveiling (Thursday evening, April 24) and the Experience Mississippi Preservation
Conference (Friday, April 25).
Gibson Civil War Symposium
Grady Howell, Gordon Cotton, Robert M. Walker, and Libby Shaifer Hollingsworth
will be among the speakers at the Port Gibson Civil War Symposium, to be held
Saturday, May 3, 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 605
Church Street. Registration is $20, and full scholarships are available to all
students. For more information, call 601/ 437-4500.
Southern Regional Cemetery Monument Conservation Seminar
and Workshop will be held in Natchitoches, LA, May 13-15. The Tuesday,
May 13, seminar is $60 (students $20); the two-day workshop, May 14-15, is $300
(students $200). For information, please visit the website.
History Programs at USM
USM Department of History and its partner, the Hattiesburg Public School District,
have been awarded a U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grant.
The grant provides $858,139 to fund a series of colloquia and summer seminars
for selected eighth- and eleventh-grade American history teachers. The program,
the brainchild of Senator Robert Byrd of Virginia, is designed to strengthen the
knowledge of American history for teachers. Charles Bolton and Mary Beth Farrell
of USM will develop and coordinate the twelve two-day colloquia and three two-week
summer institutes over the next three years. The Old Capitol Museum (MDAH) is
also a partner in the program.