[Mississippi History Newsletter Online.]

A MDAH Publication  |  Volume 43 No. 6  |  June 2001

Mississippi Liberal:
A Biography of Frank E. Smith
By Dennis J. Mitchell

Foreword by William F. Winter
312 pages, 28 photographs
Cloth, $30.00

Despite his father's murder by a black man, as a young man Frank Smith committed himself to help his racist state move toward integration and racial harmony.

Published for the Mississippi Historical Society by the University Press of Mississippi through the generous support of the Phil Hardin Foundation Available Mid-June

Special discount to members of the Mississippi Historical Society through October 2001: $25 per copy plus $1.75 Miss. tax (add $3 for shipping ). Old Capitol Shop only: call 601/ 359-6921.

Yoknapatawpha Conference July 22-27

"Faulkner and War" is the theme of the 28th Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference-six days of lectures and discussions by literary scholars and critics, to be held in Oxford July 22-27. Scholars on the program include Don Doyle, author of Faulkner's County: The Historical Roots of Yoknapatawpha, 1540-1962; Lothar Honnig-hausen, author of William Faulkner, Masks and Metaphors; John Limon, author of Writing After the War: American War Fiction from Realism to Postmodernism; and Nicole Moulinoux, director of the William Faulkner Foundation at the University of Rennes, France. There will also be "Teaching Faulkner" sessions, a performance of Faulkner's Bicycle by the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble of Chicago, "Faux Faulkner" ceremonies, films, a picnic at Faulkner's home, a buffet supper, and "Faulkner on the Fringe"-an "open-mike" evening at the Southside Gallery. For more information, contact the Institute for Continuing Studies, phone 662/ 915-7282 or visit the website of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, www.olemiss.edu.

June 13 Program by Civil War Author William C. Davis

Noted author William C. Davis, an expert on both the Mexican War and the Civil War, will talk about and sign copies of his new book, An Honorable Defeat: The Last Days of the Confederate Government, on Wednesday, June 13, at 7:30 p. m., at the Old Capitol. The event is being sponsored by MDAH and the Jackson Civil War Round Table. For information, call the museum at 601/359-6920.

"Personal Treasures" Returns
June 8-9

On Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the public is invited to bring historical objects to the Old Capitol Museum for identification by experts who will offer information on caring for the items. Categories include textiles, military items, archaeological objects, paper, photographs and maps, architectural elements, and household furnishings. Appraisals of objects will not be offered. The program is sponsored in part by Union Planters Bank. For more information, call 601/359-6920. . On Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the public is invited to bring historical objects to the Old Capitol Museum for identification by experts who will offer information on caring for the items. Categories include textiles, military items, archaeological objects, paper, photographs and maps, architectural elements, and household furnishings. Appraisals of objects will not be offered. The program is sponsored in part by Union Planters Bank. For more information, call 601/359-6920.


Experts Anita Stamper, left, and Jessica Hack, right, examine sampler at 2000 "Personal Treasures" session.

Pioneer Week / HJC June 18-22

Day campers ages 8-12 will learn pioneer cooking, breadmaking, spinning and weaving, old-time fiddling, and other traditional pioneer skills during Pioneer Week June 18-22 at Historic Jefferson College, Washington, Mississippi. A registration fee is required, and enrollment is limited to twenty-five. For more information, call 601/ 442-2901.

New Books

In The Last Days: A Son's Story of Sin and Segregation at the Dawn of a New South, Charles Marsh writes passionately and eloquently of growing up in Laurel, Mississippi, as he watched his father, Bob Marsh, minister of the First Baptist Church and beloved in the community, face the realities of integration and the crisis of his life. Charles Marsh's previous book, God's Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights, won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion.
From Basic Books, $25.

More New Books...

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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