Events Around the State
Monday, January 12, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Manship
House Museum, Jackson. Fun for the Fireside. All ages are
invited to enjoy an afternoon of indoor activities such as parlor games and needlework.
Try your hand at various nineteenth-century needlework techniques. Free of charge.
For more information call 601/ 961-4724.
Tuesday, January 6, 13, 20, and 27, 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday,
January 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Winterville
Mounds Museum, Greenville. Film Series (courtesy PBS) focusing
on the conquistadors. Learn who they were and how they affected the native peoples
of the Americas. Free of charge. For more information call 662/ 334-4684.
January 31, 2 p.m. at the Grand
Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez. Eleventh Moon Storytelling. Local
and regional storytellers spin tales about Native Americans and nature. Free.
For more information call 601/446-6502.
Seminar January 17
Seminar January 17 Barbara Vines Little, director of the National Genealogical
Society and editor of the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, will be the speaker
at a seminar January 17 sponsored by the Mississippi Genealogical Society and
MDAH. The seminar will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center, 400
Greymont Avenue, Jackson (exit Pearl or High Street off I-55 N). Registration,
coffee, and book browsing are 8:00-9:00 a.m., and the first session begins at
9:00 a.m. The seminar adjourns at 4:00 p.m.
reserve a room at the Clarion Hotel, call 800/252-7466. To register for the seminar,
send a check made payable to the Mississippi Genealogical Society for $39 (seminar
only) or $55.50 (includes lunch). There is a $2 discount for MGS members.
plans now to attend the February 25-29 Natchez Literary/Cinema Celebration with
the theme "Scoundrels to Statesmen: Politics in the Deep South." Hear from writers,
scholars, and filmmakers on John Quitman, Theodore Bilbo, Huey Long, Frank Smith,
Robert G. Clark, and many others. Hear journalists Donald Adderton, Bill Minor,
Emily Wagster, and Sid Salter examine the question, "Why Does the Nation Continue
to Elect Presidents Who Are Southerners?" Attend ceremonies for the Richard Wright
Literary Excellence Awards and view Greg Iles's film, "Trapped." In addition to
lectures there are tours of historic houses, receptions, and other entertainments.
To register and purchase tickets for special events, call toll-free 866/ 296-6522
or visit their web site.
Meet at Winter Building
Southeastern Archives and Records Conference will hold its annual meeting at the
William F. Winter Archives and History Building on February 2-4, 2004, according
to H. T. Holmes, director of the MDAH Archives and Library. Eleven member states
will send five representatives each for the sessions, where archivists and librarians
will share information and discuss opportunities for collaborative projects.
Lecture January 12
Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment
for the Humanities, will deliver the Inaugural Lecture on Civic Virtue
honoring governor-elect Haley Barbour at 10:00 a.m. on January 12 at the Old Capitol,
Jackson. The title of the address is "Restoring America's Memory: The Importance
of History." Responding to the lecture will be Eric Clark, Secretary of State;
Ricki Garrett, Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning; and
Justice James Graves, Mississippi Supreme Court. Governor-elect Barbour will offer
is the author of fourteen books, the most recent The Informed Eye: Understanding
Masterpieces of Art. The event is co-sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities
Council and MDAH. The public is cordially invited to attend. Seating is limited.
Fortune's Favorite Child: The Uneasy Life of Walter Anderson (University
Press of Mississippi), Christopher Maurer explores the troubled life of one of
America's most prolific and visionary artists. Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965)
was acknowledged by many after his death as the South's greatest painter. John
Russell of the New York Times spoke of the "quietly excellent power" that makes
his watercolors "among the best of their date," and others compared his vision
to that of Van Gogh and Georgia O'Keeffe.
Anderson is only now finding his place in American painting, partly because he
spent much of his life in the small Mississippi town of Ocean Springs, more intent
upon "natural forms" than upon his own stature as a painter. Afflicted with mental
illness that baffled some of America's leading psychiatrists, alienated for long
periods from his wife and children, he led a life of passion and adventure. Few
American painters have lived so intimately with nature as Walter Anderson, and
few have lived as adventurously as he did, on the edge of society, a voluntary
exile from what he called "the sordid thing most people call reality."
Huffman has rescued a lost chapter of American history in his new book Mississippi
in Africa (Penguin Group). Mississippi cotton planter Isaac Ross decreed
in his will that his plantation, Prospect Hill, should be liquidated and the proceeds
used to pay for his slaves' passage to the newly established colony of Liberia
in western Africa. When he died in 1836, Ross's heirs contested the will for more
than a decade in the state courts and legislature-prompting a revolt in which
a group of slaves burned Ross's mansion to the ground-but the will was ultimately
upheld. The slaves then emigrated to their new home, where they battled local
tribes and built plantations with Greek Revival mansions in a region they renamed
"Mississippi in Africa." The seeds of resentment sown over a century of cultural
conflict between the colonists and tribal peoples would explode in the late twentieth
century, begetting a civil war that rages in Liberia to this day. Former Mississippi
governor William F. Winter said, "Alan Huffman has pulled from the dust bin of
history a saga of immense present day significance."
will present a talk and sign books at the Old Capitol Museum February 22 at 2:00
Heritage Grants Awarded
preservation and restoration projects throughout the state have been awarded $3.78
million in the third year of a popular grant program administered by the Mississippi
Department of Archives and History.