[Mississippi History Newsletter Online.]

A MDAH Publication  |  Volume 45 No. 12  |  December 2003

Catch the Holiday Spirit

Old 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.

Christmas 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.

  • Traditional giant Mississippi cedar, decorated with hand-crocheted snowflakes, gold tinsel garlands, and other ornaments representing the 1870s and 1880s
  • Smaller trees decorated with ornaments typical of the Antebellum, Victorian, and Depression eras
  • Model 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
  • The 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 p.m.

Christmas 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.

Children's 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.

The 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.

Eudora Welty

Prints by Barry Moser

To order call 601/576-6921


Lincoln and Slavery Examined

Lincoln 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 site.


April Cruise Planned

An 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 Christy.Williams@colin.edu.

Callon To Speak

Sim 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 Archaeological Association.

Dedication of the William F. Winter Archives and History Building

Over 1200 persons assembled for dedication ceremonies November 7.



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Published by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History • Elbert R. Hilliard, director • Chrissy Wilson, editor
Please send correspondence to: MHN, P.O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205 or email to pubinfo@mdah.state.ms.us