[Mississippi History Newsletter Online.]

A MDAH Publication  |  Volume 45 No. 7  |  July 2003

Hilliard Honored

MDAH director Elbert R. Hilliard, who has announced his plans to retire January 1, 2004, was recently honored at meetings of the Mississippi Civil War Battlefield Commission and the Mississippi Main Street Association. Terry Winschel, historian, Vicksburg National Military Park, called Hilliard the "keeper and principal defender of the state's rich history," in presenting a resolution of appreciation from the National Park Service at the Battlefield Commission meeting on June 5. In ceremonies June 13, Hilliard received the Mississippi Main Street Association's Public Service Award for his years of leadership in historic preservation efforts around the state.


William Winter: First in Physics

The 1939-1940 Grenada High School yearbook (The Bulldog) featuring senior William Winter has been added to the MDAH collection. Not surprising are notes here that young William Winter won the citizenship award and was valedictorian and president of the Honor Society-but first place in physics? His senior "thumbnail biography" is as follows:

Literary contestant; English I (first place); English II (second place); English III (second place); Physics (first place); vice-president freshman class; president: sophomore, junior, and senior classes; yearbook staff for three years; citizenship award; debate team '40; senior play; declamation; one year Glee club; junior plays 1939 and 1940; vice-president of Honor Society '39; president of Honor Society '40; valedictorian.

On the debating team, Winter, ever a progressive, was an affirmative speaker for the subject Resolved: That the Federal Government Should Own and Operate the Railroads.


We're Moving!

The Charlotte Capers Building, housing the Archives and Library search room and MDAH administration, will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, to begin the move to the new William F. Winter Archives and History Building.

July 30 - Last day Archives and Library Division will accept public orders, non-vital mail, and email requests.

September 11 - Charlotte Capers Building closes for move at 5 p.m.

September 15 - Administrative offices open to the public in new building.

October 27 - Reading rooms in new building open for research.

November 7, 1:30 p.m. - Dedication, William F. Winter Archives and History Building. Mark your calendars now.


Proposals: King Edward Hotel

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority (JRA) has issued a Request for Proposals regarding the historic King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson. The building is the centerpiece of a redevelopment initiative underway including restoration of the Union Station, the Farish Street Entertainment District, construction of the Mississippi Telecommunications, Conference, and Training Center, and improvements to the Mill Street viaduct. Interested persons please contact the JRA at 601/ 960-1815.


Srinivasen Named AAUP President

Seetha Srinivasen, director, University Press of Mississippi, will be the new president of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) beginning this month. The president works with the AAUP executive director and board of directors and serves as spokesperson. "Seetha's outstanding track record as a first-rate publisher at the University Press of Mississippi is what earned her the wide respect of her peers and led to her election," said Piter Givler, current AAUP director. AAUP includes 124 member presses from 42 states in America and from other locations around the globe.


O'Brien Named Editor

USM history professor Greg O'Brien is the new editor-in-chief of the Mississippi Historical Society's online publication Mississippi History NOW. O'Brien replaces the retiring editor Ray Skates, USM history professor emeritus. O'Brien, an authority on Native American history, won the McLemore Prize for the best book published in 2002 for Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age, 1750-1830. O'Brien will work with MHN editor Peggy Jeanes of Jackson in posting new articles and lesson plans each month at the site.


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Writers Wanted

The Mississippi Encyclopedia needs qualified writers. Persons interested in writing entries are invited to contact managing editor Andrea Finley via email or at 662/ 915-5993. Topic lists and other information about the Mississippi Encyclopedia are available at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture website. Prospective authors are encouraged to browse the topic lists and suggest other subjects.

The Mississippi Encyclopedia is a collaborative project organized by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, in partnership with the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the University Press of Mississippi, which will publish the volume. The editor-in-chief is Charles Reagan Wilson, who co-edited the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, with Ted Ownby and Ann Abadie serving as consulting editors and twenty-eight scholars from Mississippi and other states serving as associate editors.

Summer Reading

Mississippi: A Documented History, edited by Bradley G. Bond, USM history professor, uses historical documents to compose a narrative history of the state, revealing a striking portrait of this controversial, fascinating state. Cloth, $45, from University Press of Mississippi.

Juke Joint: Photographs by Birney Imes, reprinted by popular demand, collects the vibrant full-color photographs taken by Imes in the Mississippi Delta during the 1980s -and exhibited in the Old Capitol Museum. An introductory essay by Richard Ford is included. Cloth $55, paper $35, from University Press of Mississippi.

In Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy, former Washington Post reporter Paul Hendrickson traces the lives of seven Mississippi sheriffs who were caught by a Life magazine photographer during the 1962 integration of Ole Miss. In the photograph the men are chortling as one takes a practice swing with a billy club. The book also chronicles the lives of the children and grandchildren of these men, as shaped by, to greater and lesser degrees, the attitudes and actions of their forebears. Cloth, $26.95, from Knopf.

Tombigbee Country magazine devotes an entire special edition to a feature by Brent Wilson, "The Gulf Ordnance Plant, 1942-45." The writer did extensive research to track down information on the Prairie, Mississippi, plant (near Aberdeen), which employed almost 7,000. Many interesting photographs help tell the story. Order from TCM, P. O. Box 105, Aberdeen, MS 39730.

Cannonballs and Courage: The Story of Port Gibson, by Mary H. Ellis, documents this town of the Old Southwest from its earliest settlers through floods, fires, yellow fever, wars, the boll weevil, the Great Depression, and a civil rights boycott. Somehow, Port Gibson's resourceful and brave residents were able to maintain a town of grace and beauty. From Donning Company Publishers, $30 paper, $39.95 cloth. Available from Port Gibson Main Street at 601/ 437-4500.

Dunbar Rowland's Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898, Including a Listing of All Known Mississippi Confederate Military Units has been reprinted by historian (and MDAH staff member) Grady Howell. The edition features a new introduction and a complete index. Copies are $69.95 plus $5 shipping/handling, from Chickasaw Bayou Press, 103 Trace Harbor Road, Madison, MS 39110.

 


Obituaries

Carl Butler, 1939-2003
Carl Butler died June 3 at his home, Temple Heights, in Columbus. Carl was an ardent proponent of history and historic preservation, serving on the boards of the Mississippi Historical Society, the Mississippi Civil War Battlefield Commission, and the Columbus Historic Foundation. Among many history-related activities, he may be best known for creating the award-winning Tales From the Crypt living history program, which is performed at the historic Friendship Cemetery by students from the Mississippi School for Math & Science during Columbus's annual spring pilgrimage.

Jessie Mosley, 1904-2003
Jessie Mosley, a founder of the Smith Robertson Museum in Jackson, died June 6. A former social science teacher, Mosley led efforts to revitalize the Farish Street historic district and organized the first Women, Infants, and Children program in Jackson. She was awarded the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award for promoting Black History Month, helping others understand the heritage of African Americans, and making positive changes in her community.

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Published by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History • Elbert R. Hilliard, director • Chrissy Wilson, editor
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