A MDAH Publication | Volume 45 No. 11 | November 2003
Eudora Welty Print Series
Award-winning artist/illustrator Barry Moser is contributing to MDAH a series of five limited-edition, original relief engravings printed from the block. The series will depict Mississippi writer Eudora Welty at different times of her life. The sales of the prints will support the opening and operation of the Eudora Welty House in Jackson as a literary house museum.
Moser's first print is available for purchase and is on display at the Old Capitol Shop, Old Capitol Museum, Jackson. The other prints will be offered in subsequent years.
Each 4" x 7" print is in a limited edition of 100 and is signed and numbered by the artist. Twenty-five additional prints will be retained by the artist. To order this print, send a check made payable to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for $250 plus $10 shipping and handling, to Eudora Welty Print, P. O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205-0571 or call 601/ 576- 6857.
Eudora Welty gave her house to the Department of Archives and History, which is currently cataloging the contents of the Welty House, planning repairs, the installation of a central climate control system, and the development of a visitor center adjacent to the house. The house museum is scheduled to open to the public in summer 2005.
Barry Moser's body of work includes almost 200 volumes that he has illustrated or designed, including Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, which won the National Book Award for Design and Illustration in 1983. In 1991 he won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for his collaboration with Cynthia Rylant on Appalachia, the Voices of Sleeping Birds. Moser's Pennyroyal Caxton Bible has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Art, the Israel Museum, and other galleries.
Grants for Welty House
The Eudora Welty House has been awarded two federal grants totaling over $260,000. The funds will help preserve the house and its contents and allow for the opening of the garden to the public in April 2004. The house is scheduled to open in summer 2005.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History, which administers the Eudora Welty House, received a $251,000 Save America's Treasures grant from the National Park Service and a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
"We are delighted to have been awarded these grants," said MDAH director Elbert R. Hilliard. "The Eudora Welty House is a national treasure, and this funding will be critical to our effort to maintain the house and garden and open them to the public."
The Save America's Treasures grant will be used to stabilize the house and its contents. Matching funds for the project have been provided by the Mississippi Legislature. The NEA grant will help fund a three-day program to open the Welty House gardens to the public in April 2004.
Nathan Bennett, 1900-2003
Nathan Bennett, resident craftsman at Historic Jefferson College in Washington, Mississippi, 1977-1996, died October 19 at age 103 in Natchez. Born near Garden City in Franklin County, Bennett grew up in the midst of the early 20th-century timber boom in southwest Mississippi, and he worked around sawmills, oxen and mule teams, and steam locomotives. In the 1920s and 1930s, Bennett worked at a variety of jobs in the timber and railroad businesses. He also traveled widely with the Hagenbeck-Wallace and Sells-Floto circuses as a laborer. From the 1940s through the early 1970s, Bennett made his living in Franklin and Adams Counties as a farmer, ranch hand, carpenter, cook, and handyman. As Historic Jefferson College's resident craftsman, he made hickory ax-handles, split-oak baskets, and cypress roofing shingles. Bennett also entertained thousands of visitors with his stories about his travels and experiences.
by the Mississippi Department of Archives
and History Elbert R. Hilliard, director Chrissy Wilson, editor