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A MDAH Publication  |  Volume 46 No. 3  |  March 2004

Welty House Garden Opens to Public

A restored southern garden
For over sixty years Eudora Welty wrote stories and novels and tended her garden at 1119 Pinehurst Street in Jackson. At her death she left her home to the state of Mississippi. On April 3-5, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will open to the public the Welty House garden-restored to its former and highest glory, the period of 1925-1945, when the garden was cared for by both Eudora and her mother, Chestina Welty.

In the opening celebration, "A Garden Reborn," guests are invited to tour the restored garden and to attend special programs at the Old Capitol Museum, the Old Capitol Inn, and the William F. Winter Archives and History Building.

The Eudora Welty House is projected to open as a literary house museum in 2005, after the house has been brought up to museum standards.

More Welty House garden news and event schedule >>

March Events: Powwow, Lady's School, More

Natchez Powwow

On Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28, at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez, the annual Natchez Powwow will include Native American dancing, food, and crafts. For more information, call 601/446-6502.

Native American Women Seminar
On Saturday, March 6, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Winterville Mounds Museum, Greenville, a seminar about Native American Women and their contributions to our culture and history. Free of charge. For more information call 662/ 334-4684.

Iberville Natchez Reenactment
On Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13, at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, reenactors recreate scenes of French Colonialists and Native Americans at the March 11, 1700, landing of Iberville at Natchez, the smoking of the peace calumet, and the establishment of friendly relations prior to the construction of Fort Rosalie in 1716. Free of charge. For more information call 601/ 446-6502.

Jefferson Military College Foundation Reunion
On Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13, members of the Jefferson Military College Foundation will gather at Historic Jefferson College, Washington, for their annual reunion. For more information call 601/ 442-2901.

Lady's School of Instruction
On Friday, March 19, through Sunday, March 21, women can attend classes on period dress and preparations for participating in Civil War reenactments at Historic Jefferson College, Washington. Pre-registration is required. For more information call Amy Clark, 601/ 857-0023.

Journal Workshop
On Tuesday, March 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Winterville Mounds Museum, Greenville, participants will discuss the importance of journals in history and will create personal journals. Free of charge. For more information call 662/ 334-4684.


L. Q. C. Lamar House To Be Restored

On January 29 the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation became the owner of the Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar home. The 1850s house, a National Historic Landmark, has been in disrepair for some time, and the Foundation is developing a plan for the restoration. The state provided the funds for acquisition-$425,000- through Round III of its Community Heritage Preservation Grants, and the Foundation has received a federal grant of over $300,000 for the restoration. Stella Gray Bryant Sykes, formerly director of the Mississippi Heritage Trust, is serving as the Foundation's consultant on the project.

Unlike most antebellum southern leaders, L. Q. C. Lamar participated actively in national affairs both before and after the Civil War, and he is prominently identified with the politics of each era. Lamar resigned from the U.S. Congress in January 1861 and wrote the Mississippi Secession Ordinance that same month. He served as an officer in the Confederate Army. After the war Lamar reentered public life, serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, as secretary of the interior, and as associate justice of the Supreme Court. He made his home in the single-storied, white frame house in Oxford from about 1868 to 1888. Studies are under way to determine the best means of restoration.

Reflections on The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie opened at the Civic Theatre in Chicago in December 1944. In celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the opening, the Historic New Orleans Collection is mounting the exhibit Reflections on The Glass Menagerie. Drawn from the Fred W. Todd Tennessee Williams Collection, the exhibition explores the production history of the play and examines the real events that inspired it and the effect that the play's success had on Williams's life.

Among the photographs, manuscripts, and ephemera displayed is the diary of Edwina Dakin Williams, Tennessee's mother. His experiences, reflected in the diary, form the basis of the play. This small but important exhibition will run from March 22 through June 30, 2004 at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartre Street. The Historic New Orleans Collection is located at 533 Royal Street in the French Quarter. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information, see the website.

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