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A MDAH Publication  |  Volume 45 No. 1  |  January 2003

Preservation Grants of $7,336,500 Awarded

The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) has announced awards of grant funds totaling $7,336,500 million.

Mississippi Landmark Grants

The 2002 Legislature authorized the issuance of $700,000 in bonds as supplemental funding to implement the Mississippi Landmark Grant Program, established by the 1999 Legislature and administered by MDAH. MDAH received fifty-two applications requesting almost $8.9 million. MORE

"We are grateful to the Mississippi Legislature for its decision to establish and fund this program. We saw many, many worthy applications during this process, and wish we could have awarded each of them grants." said MDAH director Elbert R. Hilliard. "Participation in the Mississippi Landmark Grant Program was overwhelming, and we salute all the applicants." MORE (go to news page link for rest, including list).

Community Heritage Preservation Grants

The 2002 Mississippi Legislature authorized the issuance of $5.5 million in bonds to continue the popular Community Heritage Preservation Grant Program that helps with the preservation and restoration of historic courthouses and schools and, in Certified Local Government communities, other historic properties.

The Department of Archives and History, directed by the Legislature to review and evaluate the grant applications, received seventy-three applications requesting over $22 million.

"We are delighted with the response to this very popular program, which will enable the preservation of some of the most significant historic buildings in the state," said MDAH director Elbert R. Hilliard. MORE

Monument to Women of Confederacy Restored

Conservation and treatment of the 85-year-old bronze and granite memorial to the women of the Confederacy on the State Capitol grounds is complete. Conservators John Dennis of Dallas and Michael Morris of New York chemically cleaned the green, water-streaked bronze surface to restore it to its intended color, then pressure-washed the granite. The conservation was made possible by private donations, an allocation of legislative funds for the maintenance of the Capitol and grounds, and a matching grant secured by MDAH from Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!), a joint project of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the national Heritage Preservation agency. The sculpture was created by artist Belle Kinney and was cast by the Tiffany Studios. The 1917 monument stands on the south side of the Capitol, facing Mississippi Street.

January Events

Mississippi Genealogical Seminar
January 25, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mikhail’s Northgate Convention Center, Jackson
Margaret M. Hofmann: "Three Hundred Years of North Carolina Patents and Grants"
$39, lunch included, with $2 discount for MGS members
Information: Sandra Boyd, (tel) 601/359-6889

Louisiana Purchase Exhibition Opens January 14

The Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC) celebrates the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase with A Fusion of Nations, A Fusion of Cultures: Spain, France, the United States, and the Louisiana Purchase, showing January 14 through June 7, 2003. The exhibition is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 533 Royal Street.

The exhibition includes key documents and artifacts related to the purchase as well as earlier documents that set the stage for the transfer: more than 100 items from museums and archives in France, Spain, the Netherlands, the United States, and HNOC. For more information, visit www.hnoc.org.

Blues Symposium February 21-22

"The Blues Today: A Living Symposium," will be held February 21-22 at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi. The event will feature a speaker and evening concert on Friday, followed by an all-day Saturday program that will include both scholars and blues musicians. For more information, call the Center, 662/ 915-5993.

NEW from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation : Online Guide to Historic Preservation Projects at www.achp.gov/funding.html.

Historian Andrew Ward seeks information about Fort Pillow in Lauderdale County. Contact him at asward@sprynet.com.


Natchez Literary/Cinema Celebration

Historian Clay Jenkinson will portray Meriwether Lewis; writer Clifton Taulbert and poet T. R. Hummer will receive Richard Wright awards; and two documentary films will be premiered: these are just a few of the attractions at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration. The February 19-23 event, focusing on the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, offers free lectures by noted historians and writers, films, panel discussions, writing workshops, concerts, walking tours, and other special events. Most sessions are free. For a complete schedule and registration information, visit www.colin.edu/nlcc or call 800/ 647-6742.

George Washington Seminars

Mississippi educators can learn about the life, character, and accomplishments of George Washington at two free day-long seminars to be offered in Jackson on February 6 and in Oxford February 8. The seminars include presentations by noted George Washington scholars and are designed to create a rich learning forum. "Over the years we have seen a decline in the amount of classroom time devoted to our Founding Father and his legacy," said Lynn Gammill of Hattiesburg, chair of Mount Vernon’s Education Committee. "We want to change that."

The February 6 seminar at the Old Capitol in Jackson will focus on Washington and Mount Vernon: his architectural, farming, and entrepreneurial achievements, his relationship with Martha Washington, and slave life at Mount Vernon. The February 8 seminar at the University of Mississippi in Oxford will focus on Washington’s military and political leadership. Funding for the seminars is provided by the Phil Hardin Foundation. To register for either seminar, teachers should call Jennifer Nance, Mississippi Department of Education, 601/359-2586.


The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) invites submissions to the 2003 Awards Program, recognizing achievement in the preservation and interpretation of local, state, and regional history. To obtain nomination forms, visit www.aaslh.org or call 615/320-3203. The web site also contains the complete schedule of AASLH workshops for 2003.

MHS Annual Meeting: Feb. 27- March 1

Thomas K. McCraw, Straus Professor of Business History at the HarvardUniversity Graduate School of Business Administration, will be the banquet speaker at the 2003 annual MHS meeting in Jackson February 27- March 1. McCraw’s work, fusing intellectual history with the histories of business and government resulted in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Prophets of Regulation: Charles Francis Adams, Louis D. Brandeis, James M. Landis, Alfred E. Kahn (1984). McCraw is a Corinth native. Other featured speakers will be William C. Allen, architectural historian of the United States Capitol; Stephen Cresswell, West Virginia Wesleyan College; Chester "Bo" Morgan, Delta State University; Corey T. Lesseig, Waycross College; Connie L. Lester, Mississippi State University; and John R. Neff, University of Mississippi. Tours of the State Capitol and the newly restored War Memorial Building will be offered on Friday afternoon. Headquarters is the Edison Walthall Hotel in downtown Jackson (601/948-6161). Registration information and form are available online at www.mdah.state.ms.us or call 601/359-6850.


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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