A MDAH Publication | Volume 43 No. 12 | December 2001
Celebrate Holidays with MDAH
From December 2 through 23, Christmas at the Old Capitol will feature traditional holiday decorations, Christmas trees decorated with period ornaments, and antique toys. The Sunday afternoon concert series, held at 3 p.m., includes the Mississippi Youth Symphony Cadet Orchestra Dec. 2, the Poindexter Elementary School Choir Dec. 9, and the St. Andrew's Cathedral Choir Dec. 16.
sixth Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour
runs on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. This popular annual event features traditional
seasonal decorations at the Old Capitol Museum, the Manship House Museum, the
Governor's Mansion, and the State Capitol. Trolleys will circulate among the sites
during the tours carrying visitors free of charge. Special activities are planned
for each site. The first trolley will leave the Old Capitol at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m.
the Utica Jubilee Singers from Hinds Community
College, Utica campus, will perform spirituals and holiday music at the Old Capitol.
The holiday animated film "Small One," a perennial favorite of the Old Capitol's young visitors, will be shown weekdays to registered school groups. The film will alsobe shown weekdays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the general public. Admission is free.
Hours are 8 to 5 Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 4:30 Saturday, and 12:30 to 4:30 Sunday. Groups of ten or more should call ahead for weekday reservations. For more information, call 601/ 359-6920.
Daily tours of the Manship House Museum during the Christmas season, Tuesday, December 4, through Saturday, December 22, will highlight traditional authentic Victorian decorations that the Manship family might have displayed at Christmas. On Monday, December 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., children ages 5-12 will learn how to make Victorian gifts at the St. Nicholas Day Crafts Workshop. To reserve spaces at the workshop or for more information, call 601/961-4724.
From Wednesday, December 5, through Friday, December 21, the historic section of the Governor's Mansion will feature traditional holiday decorations using seasonal greenery such as spruce, cedar, pine, and holly, and fruit such as apples, oranges, lemons, limes, pomegranates, and pineapples. Free guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday, 9:30- 11 a.m., on the half-hour. Reservations must be made in advance for groups of ten or more. The Governor's Mansion will be closed for tours December 22- January 1. For more information, call 601/ 359-6421.
Children's Victorian Christmas at HJC
Christmas trees decorated by local and regional fifth-grade classes will be on display Dec 8-27 at Historic Jefferson College, Washington. Don't miss these imaginative and exciting creations. For more information, call 601/ 442-2901.
The Journal of Mississippi History: A Closer Look at a Fascinating State
Give a subscription to the Journal of Mississippi History this year (4 issues at $25). Last year, issues examined such topics as Mississippi blues musician John Hurt, the Yellow Fever Epidemic in Bay St. Louis, the U. S. Navy at Lake Borgne, the Forks of the Road slave market in Natchez, and more. Each issue includes reviews of important new books, and there are annual bibliographies of publications and dissertations relating to Mississippi, and manuscript accessions at Mississippi colleges and libraries. Send check for $25 to MHS, P. O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205-0571 and please specify address of gift recipient.
DAH Honors Coast Preservationists
The MDAH Board of Trustees held its quarterly meeting in Biloxi October 18-19 where the trustees and staff visited historic sites and presented resolutions honoring historic preservation on the Coast. Resolution recipients included the City of Biloxi (for strong commitment to preservation); Harrison County Chancery Clerk John McAdams and Land Records Clerk Tim Barnard (for their records management program); the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art Board of Directors (for preservation and interpretation of the work of George E. Ohr); the Biloxi Council of Garden Clubs (for saving the Old Brick House); the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce (for support of preservation in Biloxi); Peoples Bank (for restoration of the 1896 bank building); James S. Love III (for rescue of the landmark White House Hotel); and Downtown Investors (for renovation of the 1903 Clower Furniture Company, a Gulfport landmark).
Give Mississippi History at Christmas
To order, call the Old Capitol Shop at 601/359-6921 or visit the shop, open daily until December 23.
The National Trust will award cash prizes up to $2,000 to winners of the 2002 Historic Preservation Week Poster Contest. Submissions must be postmarked January 4. Guidelines can be found on the NTHP website.
Bluesman Tommy Johnson Honored
by the Mississippi Department of Archives
and History Elbert R. Hilliard, director Chrissy Wilson, editor