A MDAH Publication | Volume 44 No. 3 | March 2002
Exhibit on Choctaws at Old Capitol March 3
Mississippi Choctaws: Traditional Life in a Modern World, an exhibit depicting the traditional crafts and culture of the Choctaw in modern-day Mississippi, opens Sunday, March 3, at the Old Capitol Museum. Despite their successes in economic and technological ventures, Mississippi’s Choctaw Indians retain strong ancient tribal components in their everyday life. Today,
In Mississippi Choctaws, 18 black and white photographs by Julie Kelsey capture these traditional aspects of modern Choctaw life and are illustrated by artifacts including baskets, stickball uniforms, and jewelry. The photographs are on loan from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The exhibit hangs through June 30. For more information, call the Old Capitol Museum, 601/359-6920.
Piney Woods Theme of MHS Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Mississippi Historical Society will be held Thursday, February 28, through Saturday, March 2, in Hattiesburg with headquarters in the Holiday Inn. The theme is The Piney Woods of Mississippi, and scholars and artists will address the economic development, music, and places and people of that region. Program chair Marjorie Spruill, University of Southern Mississippi, has scheduled prominent scholars including Arvarh Strickland, professor emeritus, University of Missouri-Columbia; James E. Fickle, University of Memphis; Victoria Bynum, Southwest Texas University; and Noel Polk and Bradley G. Bond, USM.
Planned are a luncheon, banquet, and awards luncheon, where prestigious MHS prizes, including the McLemore Prize for best book of 2001, the Bettersworth Award for best history teacher of 2001, and more will be presented. Also scheduled are a reception honoring society president Neil McMillen and a tour of the Camp Shelby Armed Forces Museum. A seminar on curriculum suggestions for elementary- and secondary-school Mississippi Studies teachers is scheduled for Friday at 2:45. Deanne Nuwer from USM will coordinate the event. The Federation of Mississippi Historical Societies will sponsor a workshop, Using Community History, at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center (Old Public Library) on Friday, March 1 from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.
At 8 p.m. Friday there will be a dramatic presentation, Voices of Freedom Summer, at the Saenger Theatre. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council. Francis Kuhn, the chair of the USM Department of Theater and Dance, wrote and will direct the work.
Registration at the door will be $15 for individuals, $17 for couples. All meal tickets must be purchased by February 28. For reservations at the Holiday Inn, call (601) 268-2850. For information about the meeting, call Betty Kearney at the Department of Archives and History, (601) 359-6850. Click here for the complete online schedule.
Duncan Morgan Honored
Jackson State University presented Duncan Morgan of Natchez with the 2002 “For My People” Award January 15. Morgan, a top masonry restoration contractor, was honored for his work in preserving historic buildings throughout Natchez. Morgan, a member of the MDAH Board of Trustees, is also a member of the Historic Natchez Foundation and is a former Natchez Citizen of the Year.
K. Johnson, 1917-2002
by the Mississippi Department of Archives
and History Elbert R. Hilliard, director Chrissy Wilson, editor