Annual Meeting: Transforming Medicine in Twentieth-Century Mississippi
Hardy, M.D., performs pioneering transplant surgery at University Medical Center,
Jackson. Photograph courtesy UMC.
M. Kraut, American University, Washington, D. C., will be the keynote
speaker at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Historical
Society March 3-5 in Jackson. In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary
of the opening of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, the
meeting has as its theme "Transforming Medicine in Twentieth-Century Mississippi."
meeting is open to the public. The Old Capitol Inn
in downtown Jackson will serve as the headquarters and location for the lectures
and workshops. A reception at the Governor's Mansion on Thursday, March 3, will
welcome participants. Society president Donna Dye, Ridgeland, and program chair
Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi, have scheduled prominent scholars
including Kraut; Daniel W. Jones, dean, School of Medicine, University of Mississippi;
Alton B. Cobb, M.D., former director, Mississippi Department of Public Health;
William Turner, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Surgery, University Medical
Center; Harrell Weathersby, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond; Kaye Bender,
dean, School of Nursing, University of Mississippi; and Thomas Ward, Jr., Rockhurst
University, Kansas City, Missouri.
annual Federation of Mississippi Historical Societies
workshop this year, "Prescriptions for a Healthy Historical Society,"
will be directed by MDAH staff members Cheryl Branyan,Todd Sanders, and Anne Webster.
Charles Reagan Wilson, Ted Ownby, and Andrea Odom, all of the University of Mississippi,
will report on the progress of the "Mississippi Encyclopedia."
luncheon, banquet, and awards luncheon
are planned, as well as a reception honoring outgoing MHS president Dye. A tour
of the Mississippi State Hospital Museum is scheduled, and prestigious
MHS prizes, including the McLemore Prize for best book of 2004, the Bettersworth
Award for best history teacher of 2004, and more, will be presented.
for MHS members is $15 individuals, $20 couples; for nonmembers $40 individuals,
$55 couples (includes membership). Registration for the Federation of Mississippi
Historical Societies Workshop is $10 members, $25 nonmembers. A block of rooms
is being held at the Old Capitol Inn until
February 3. To reserve a room, call 888/359-9001 or 601/ 359-9000; specify the
MHS rate of $105 plus tax. Additional rooms have been booked at the Marriott
(601-969-5100, ext. 315); specify the MHS rate of $85 plus tax. For
a registration form or more information, call Betty Kearney, 601/ 576-6849.
of historic buildings are significant, character-defining features,
yet too often historic windows are lost during building rehabilitation due to
a lack of understanding regarding their repair and maintenance as well as concerns
about energy efficiency.
Friday, January 14, at the Old Central High
School in downtown Jackson, MDAH, through a grant from the National Center for
Preservation Technology and Training, will offer a one-day
workshop on maintaining and restoring historic windows.
more information, contact Michelle Jones at 662/325-2520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Honor Hilliard
Board of Trustees and staff of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History
cordially invite the public to attend a reception honoring Elbert R. Hilliard
on the occasion of his retirement. The reception will be held at the Old Capitol,
Jackson, at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2005, and is sponsored by the Mississippi
Historical Society, the Mississippi Genealogical Society, and Communication Arts
Company, Inc., of Jackson.
February Calendars: NLLC
16th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration will be held February 23-27.
The theme, Between Two Worlds: Free Blacks in the Antebellum South, marks
the occasion of the National Park Service's opening of the restored home of free
black Natchezan William Johnson. A special reception will honor former MDAH director
Elbert R. Hilliard and new director H. T. Holmes at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February
23. To order a brochure, call 601/ 446-1289 or to see the entire program online,
visit their web site.
Brown, a firefighter and largely self-taught writer, died November 24 at his home
in the Tula community near Oxford at the age of 53.
in Oxford in 1951, Brown briefly attended the University of Mississippi. Years
later he returned to attend classes taught by writers Ellen Douglas and Barry
Hannah. Brown's first book was a collection of stories called Facing the Music,
published in 1988, followed in 1989 by his first novel, Dirty Work, inspired
in part by his father's experiences in World War II.
other works included a collection of stories, Big Bad Love (1990), Joe
(1991), Father and Son (1996), Fay (2001), and The Rabbit Factory:
A Novel (2003). He also wrote several nonfiction works, including On Fire
(1993) about his work as a firefighter and Billy Ray's Farm (2001), a collection
of essays about his life and work as a writer. Brown was the recipient of the
Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, the Southern Critics
Circle Award for Fiction, the Thomas Wolfe Award, and the Lila Wallace-Reader's
Digest Award. A documentary, "The Rough South of Larry Brown," premiered at the
Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, in 2000.