Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour, Friday,
December 5, 5 to 8 p.m. Get the holiday spirit touring four of the
state's most historic sites, each decorated for the season: the Old
Capitol Museum, the Manship House Museum, the Governor's Mansion, and the State
Capitol. There will be holiday entertainment
at each site. For more information call 601/ 576-6920.
at the Old Capitol, Wednesday, December 3-Tuesday,
December 23. Groups of ten or more should call ahead to make weekday
reservations. Call 601/ 576-6920.
giant Mississippi cedar,
decorated with hand-crocheted snowflakes, gold tinsel garlands, and other ornaments
representing the 1870s and 1880s
trees decorated with ornaments typical of the Antebellum,
Victorian, and Depression eras
trains, including customized versions
of the "Panama Limited" and the "Rebel," run through Possum Ridge, an imaginary
town typical of Mississippi railroad towns in the 1940s
film favorite "The Small One" shows weekdays
to registered school groups and for the public weekdays at 3 p.m., Saturdays at
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Three Sunday holiday concerts -December 7, 14, and 21-at 3:00
at the Manship House Museum, Jackson. Daily tours feature authentic
Victorian decorations. Open Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations required for groups of ten or more.
Victorian Christmas, at Historic Jefferson College,
Washington, Saturday, December 13, through Monday, December 29. Christmas
trees decorated by local and regional fifth-grade classes will be on display in
the site's historic buildings. These trees are always a delight for all ages.
For more information, call 601/442-2901.
historic section of the Governor's Mansion will be traditionally decorated for
Christmas at the Governor's Mansion,
Jackson, Wednesday, December 3, through Friday, December 19. Free,
guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 to 11 a.m., on the half-hour.
Reservations should be made for groups of ten or more. The Mansion will be closed
for tours Saturday, December 20, through Thursday, January 1, 2004. Since the
Mansion may be closed at times for official state functions, please call to confirm
the availability of tours: 601/ 359-6421.
by Barry Moser
order call 601/576-6921
and Slavery Examined
and Slavery Examined Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation
is showing at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal, and Forrest County through January
9, 2004. The exhibit, organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, California,
and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York, examines the progress
of Abraham Lincoln "towards a higher realization of America's ideals." Lincoln
hated slavery, but he did not support immediate emancipation. "Lincoln became
the great emancipator," the exhibit states, "only when he and his nation were
recast in the crucible of war." The exhibit is funded by a major grant from the
National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, call 800/ 545-2433,
ext. 5045, or visit their web
eight-day Mississippi River cruise April 6-13, 2004, will offer programs and entertainments
by southern writers, filmmakers, critics, historians, musicians,with excursions
in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Natchez, Vicksburg, and Memphis. The Natchez Literary
and Cinema Celebration is organizing the trip, which is co-sponsored by MDAH,
Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Natchez National Historical Park, and Mississippi
Broadcasting Networks. Rates per person begin at $2,526. For more information
and to register, contact Educational Travel Associates, 866/ 296-6522 or email
Callon, Natchez businessman and local historian, will present a slide program
on Jefferson Davis Dixon and his 1940 Natchez tourist attractions White Apple
Village and Fort Rosalie at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez,
on Tuesday night, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone who was around Natchez from
World War II through the 1960s will remember these two sites. Admission is free.
The program is sponsored by the Southwest Mississippi Chapter of the Mississippi