A MDAH Publication | Volume 46 No. 12 | December 2004
Old Capitol Shop Open House
The public is invited to the Old Capitol Shop's annual Open House on Sunday, December 5, 12:30-4:30 p.m. The Shop stocks a full selection of books by Mississippians and about Mississippi, and authors of six new books will be on hand to autograph copies from 2 until 4 p.m.: Witnessing by Ellen Douglas; Hurricane Camille by Philip D. Hearn; Grandma's Biscuits by Robert Little; Great Houses of Mississippi by Mary Carol Miller and photographer Mary Rose Carter; and Easy Does It Entertaining by Patty Roper. The Honor Choir of the G.N. Smith Elementary School, Jackson, will perform at 3 p.m. Favorite gift items to be found at the shop include Walter Anderson art, Raku pottery, hand-blown glass, McCarty pottery, Choctaw baskets, handmade jewelry, and much more.
Eudora Welty Print Series
Internationally known artist/book illustrator Barry Moser is creating five limited-edition prints depicting Eudora Welty at different times of her life. The sales of the prints will support the opening and operation of the Eudora Welty House. The first woodcut, Eudora Welty, c.1990 was made available for purchase during 2003. Now the second print (left), Eudora Welty, c. 1985, is available. Each 5.5 x 6.25 (image) print is in a limited edition of 125 and is signed and numbered by the artist. Twenty-five prints are retained by the artist to form portfolios (available at a later date). To order this print and support the Eudora Welty House, send a check for $260 ($250 plus $10 for shipping)-and $17.50 tax if you are a Mississippi resident-made payable to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to Eudora Welty Print, P. O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205-0571 or call 601/ 576-6921.Prints are mailed in acid-free packaging. Sales are limited to one print per person. Barry Moser's body of work includes almost 200 volumes that he has illustrated or designed, including Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, which won the National Book Award for Design and Illustration in 1983.His Pennyroyal Caxton Bible has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Art, the Israel Museum, and other galleries.
MDAH Holiday Events
Christmas at the Old Capitol, Jackson, December 1-23: a giant native cedar tree and antique toys, four smaller period trees, the Old Capitol trains traveling through the 1940s railroad town of Possum Ridge, "The Small One" film, wreaths and traditional decorations, the Old Capitol Shop Mississippi gifts, more. For more information, call 601/576-6920.
Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour, Friday, December 3, 5 to 8 p.m.: Ride the bus between the Old Capitol Museum, the Manship House Museum, the State Capitol, and the Governor's Mansion and enjoy beautiful traditional decorations and music. The first bus leaves the Old Capitol at 5 p.m.
A Manship Family Christmas, Manship House Museum, Jackson, December 3-23: a family celebration of the mid-nineteenth century, with native greenery and authentic homemade cornucopias, paper snakes, gilded pinecones, and Victorian-era dishes such as plum pudding, cakes, tarts, and made-leines. At the St. Nicholas Day Crafts Workshop on Monday, December 6, children ages five to twelve can make a Victorian gift. Call 601/961-4724 for reservations.
Children's Victorian Christmas Celebration, Historic Jefferson College, Washington, December 11-29: Christmas trees decorated imaginatively by local and regional fifth-grade classes fill the site's historic buildings. For more information call 601/ 442-2901.
Christmas at the Governor's Mansion, Jackson, features traditional holiday decorations crafted from seasonal greenery, fruit, and nuts for the holidays. The historic section is open for free guided tours Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the half-hour, December 2 through 21. Reservations must be made in advance for groups of ten or more. The Governor's Mansion will be closed December 22- January 3, 2005. To confirm the availability of the Mansion for tours or for more information call 601/359-6421.
by the Mississippi Department of Archives
and History Elbert R. Hilliard, director Chrissy Wilson, editor