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A MDAH Publication  |  Volume 46 No. 5  |  May 2004

Major Acquisitions

Left: MDAH Board of Trustees president William F. Winter and Tougaloo College president Beverly Wade Hogan sign an agreement regarding the loan to MDAH of the College's prestigious civil rights collection.


 

Right: Andy Mullins, an aide to William Winter during his term as governor, presents his papers pertaining to the Education Reform Act passed under Winter's leadership. Mullins has written a book about his experiences working on the project, Building Consensus: A History of the Passage of the Mississippi Education Reform Act of 1982. Seated, l-r, Andy Mullins, William Winter; standing, l-r, Hank Holmes, MDAH Archives and Library director, and MDAH director Elbert R. Hilliard.

 

April Events Around the State

Manship House, Jackson

Beginning Tuesday, May 11, the Manship House Museum, Jackson, will don Summer Dress, when the museum exhibits the Victorian practice of preparing the home for the heat, insects, and dirt of the summer months. Tours are free of charge, but reservations are required for groups of ten or more. For reservations or information, call 601/ 961-4724.

Old Capitol Museum, Jackson
Crafts from the Past, a free workshop for ages five to twelve, will be held on Saturday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History, Jackson. Participants will make traditional German crafts on the Old Capitol Green.

The Some People of That Place: Getting Organized in Holmes County, Mississippi, 1963-1967, a traveling exhibit, will hang from Tuesday, June 1, through Sunday, August 1, at the Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History, Jackson. Minnesotan Sue Sojourner and her husband lived and worked as civil rights organizers in Holmes County 1963-1967. This traveling exhibit is built around her primary documents and photographs from that era. For more information call 601/ 576-6920.

Winterville Mounds, Greenville
Native American Warfare
, a discussion on the techniques, strategy, and weapons used by Native Americans in times of war, will be held Thursday, May 20, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Winterville Mounds Museum, Greenville. The session is free of charge. For information call 662/334-4684.

Memorial Service

for slain civil rights workers Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman June 20, Mt. Zion Church, Longdale. For more information, contact chairman John Steele at 925/473-0922.


Mississippi Hills Conference

The Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Conference will be held Thursday, June 10, and Friday, June 11, 2004, with day one in Oxford. Carroll Van West, director of the Tennessee National Civil War Heritage Area, will be among featured speakers on Monday. The second day of the conference will be held at historic Blue Mountain College and will feature a "concept-plan" workshop. The conference fee is $45 and includes five sessions on Thursday, a mixer Thursday night, and the Friday workshop (workshop only is $10.) For more information on the conference, please contact Kent Bain at 662/ 287-4006.

 

Preservation News

The National Park Service's Save America's Treasures 2004 grant program invests in the preservation of our nation's most significant cultural treasures. Grants are awarded for preservation and/or conservation work in amounts from $50,000 to $1 million to conserve collections, and from $250,000 to $1 million for historic property and sites projects. All the awards must be matched 1:1. Guidelines, applications, and information can be found on the National Park Service Web site. The deadline for applications is May 19, 2004. For general information contact Kimber Craine at the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities at 202/ 682-5661.

Towns may apply for special designation as a Preserve America community, recognizing those that protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historical resources through education and heritage tourism programs. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2004. For more information, visit www.preserveamerica.gov/communities.html or call 202/588-6444.

Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Pascagoula, and Port Gibson were recognized in ceremonies March 18 as the first Preserve America communities in Mississippi.


Two Rivers Catalog Published

A catalog to the Two Rivers Unleashed exhibit currently showing at the Old Capitol Museum has been compiled by exhibit curators Clay Williams and Mike Bunn and is available at the Old Capitol Shop. Two Rivers Unleashed examines the 1927 Mississippi River flood and the 1979 Pearl River flood and flood control measures that have developed in response. The book contains selected text and many photographs from the exhibit. Copies are $5 each. To order, call the shop at 601/ 576-6921.


Civil Rights Records To Be Digitized

The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has funded a $463,322 National Leadership Grant for Libraries for the Mississippi Digital Library Program, Mississippi's first attempt to establish a collaborative digital library program. The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Libraries will direct the grant, which is a partnership among MDAH, USM, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Tougaloo College, and the University of Mississippi. The project will create research-quality digital collections of letters, diaries, photographs, state and organizational records, oral histories, and other primary sources to provide first-hand documentation of the African American civil rights movement.


Tune in May 9 for the CBS Sunday News Hour feature on the Eudora Welty House garden: 8:30-9:00 a.m. central time.

Eudora Welty House Garden Opens

Azaleas, camellias, larkspur, and poppies were just a few of the plants in bloom

MORE PHOTOS

The Welty House garden is open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours are free, but reservations are required. To schedule a visit, please call 601/353-7762 or email weltytours@mdah.state.ms.us.



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