A MDAH Publication | Volume 44 No. 12 | December 2002
Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour
The seventh Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour runs on Friday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. This popular annual event features traditional seasonal decorations at the Old Capitol Museum, the Manship House Museum and the Governor's Mansion. Buses will circulate among the sites during the tours carrying visitors free of charge. Special activities are planned for each site. The first bus will leave the Old Capitol at 5 p.m. Three different groups will perform at the Manship House, and the Governor's Mansion will offer holiday piano music. At 7 p.m. the Utica Jubilee Singers from Hinds Community College, Utica campus, will perform spirituals and holiday music at the Old Capitol. For more information, call the Museum at 601/359-6920.
Christmas at the Old Capitol
The museum's traditional historical holiday exhibits will be on display from Wednesday, December 4, through Monday, December 23. The traditional giant Mississippi cedar, decorated with hand-crocheted snowflakes, gold tinsel garlands, and other ornaments representing the 1870s and 1880s, will stand in the Old Capitol Rotunda surrounded by antique toys. Smaller trees decorated with ornaments typical of the Antebellum, Victorian, and Depression eras will be displayed in the Hall of Flags. Holiday wreaths and garlands will ornament the Old Capitol's exterior.
The Old Capitol trains will again run through Possum Ridge, an imaginary town typical of Mississippi railroad towns in the 1940s. The model trains-including customized versions of the "Panama Limited" and the "Rebel," which traveled through Mississippi-run throughout the day.
The holiday animated film "Small One," a perennial favorite of the Old Capitol's young visitors, will be shown weekdays to registered school groups and will also be shown for the general public weekdays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Holiday concerts will be presented at 3 p.m. on December 8 (Encore Show Choir, Kirk Academy, Grenada) and December 15 (St. Andrew's Cathedral Choir).
Old Capitol Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. All events are free and open to the public. Groups of ten or more should call ahead to make weekday reservations. For more information or to arrange tours, please call 601/ 359-6920.
Winterville Holiday Open House
On Friday, December 6, at the Winterville Mounds Museum, Greenville, a Christmas Open House will be held 5-7 p.m., with vocal groups from local schools caroling. For more information call 601/359-6855.
Make Plans Now To Attend January 25 Genealogical Seminar
Margaret M. Hofmann, a nationally known genealogist and author, will be the featured speaker at the January 25 Mississippi Genealogical Seminar, to be held at Mikhail's Northgate Convention Center in Jackson. The theme will be "Three Hundred Years of North Carolina Patents and Grants." The cost of the seminar (including lunch) is $39. For information, call Sandra Boyd, 601/ 359-6889.
The Journal of Mississippi History: A Year-Long Gift
Give a subscription to the Journal of Mississippi History (4 issues at $25). Last year's issues examined Mississippi's pioneering lung transplant; the Sovereignty Commission's public relations program; the occupation of Natchez by the Choctaw, and more. Each issue includes reviews of important new books as well as history news from around the state. Send your check to MHS, P. O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205-0571. Please specify address of gift recipient.
by the Mississippi Department of Archives
and History Elbert R. Hilliard, director Chrissy Wilson, editor