[Mississippi History Newsletter Online.]

A MDAH Publication  |  Volume 44 No. 10  |  October 2002

MDAH Fall Events

Historic Jefferson College, Washington

Pioneer Days, Wednesday, October 23, and Thursday, October 24. Local and regional third-grade classes learn about pioneer skills and activities.

At "Aqua Fair 2002: A Celebration of Water," October 23-24, fifth-grade students will learn about water quality, land use, non-point source pollution, and more. For more information call 601/ 961-5373.

"Ghost Tales Around the Campfire," Friday, October 25, sundown (about 6 p.m.). Local and regional storytellers tell their best ghost stories around a bonfire. Free. Bring blankets or chairs.

Vintage 1850s Baseball Games, Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m. Reenactors play baseball using 1850s rules. The Vidalia Bowie Knives will take on the Natchez Democrats. Free. For information on HJC events, call 601/ 442-2901.

Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez

Music at the Mounds, Saturday, October 26. Volunteers perform gospel, country, and jazz music. Free. For more information call 601/ 446-6502.

Manship House Museum, Jackson

Manships in Mourning, Tuesday, October 15, through Saturday, November 16. Period rooms reflect how homes were prepared for the Victorian rituals of mourning. Free of charge, reservations required for groups of ten or more. For reservations or information call (601) 961-4724.

The Manship House Museum and the Crossroads Film Society present the 1923 silent film classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, October 28. The film is free, but seating is limited. Call for a reservation at 601/ 961-4724.

"Rest in Peace: Preserving our Cemeteries," Monday, November 4, 2 -4 p.m. Join Peter Miazza of the Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association for a short video followed by a guided walking tour of historic Greenwood Cemetery. Free.

Winterville Mounds Museum, Greenville

"Trick or Treat at the Mounds," Thursday, October 31, 5 to 7 p.m. Barbara Johnson, children’s librarian at the William Alexander Percy Library in Greenville, will tell stories. For more information call 601/ 334-4684.

"Stargazing," Friday, November 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m. David Craig, Wiley Planetarium, Delta State University, will lead group in stargazing, telescopes provided. For more information call 601/ 359-6855.

New Books

Pemberton: Defender of Vicksburg, written by the general’s grandson, John C. Pemberton, has been reprinted by the University of North Carolina Press. Copies are $25.

In Charles Dahlgren of Natchez: The Civil War and Dynastic Decline, Herschel Gower traces the rise of Charles Dahlgren, an ambitious Pennsylvanian, to social prominence in the South. Charles Dahlgren fought for the South in the Civil War and died a Confederate carpetbagger practicing law and accounting in New York. Herschel Gower is professor emeritus of English and American literature at Vanderbilt University. From Brassey’s, Inc., $26.95 cloth.

Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions showing through October 27, Smith Robertson Museum, Jackson.

A Place Called Raymond, October 12: lunch and noon concert, tour of homes. Call 601/ 857-8942 or visit Friends, www.raymondms.com

Natchez Antiques Forum, November 6-8: "American Consumerism 1790-1860." Call 877/ 442-9796 for details.

Antiques Show and Sale: Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum, Columbus, October 31-November 3. Call 800/ 327-2686.

Subscribe to the print version of the Mississippi History Newsletter by sending your postal address to pubinfo@mdah.state.ms.us.


1930 Census

Generous contributions and support from organizations and individuals have made possible the MDAH purchase of the Mississippi 1930 federal population census and state Soundex (surnames indexed by sound, not spelling). The 37 census microfilm rolls and 158 Soundex microfilm rolls, released earlier this year by the National Archives and Records Administration, will be available in the Search Room when the receipt and processing of the microfilm is complete. The Department is grateful to the following for their support:

Libby Aydelott, Clinton
Jane Baird, Brandon
Elisa M. Barnes-Shizak, Caledonia
Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Bowman, Yazoo City
Sara C. Clark, Clinton
The Dames of the Court of Honor
C. L. Dillihunt, Memphis, Tennessee
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Ellis, Winona
Family Research Association of Mississippi
Harold C. Fisher, Yazoo City
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Hallum, Calhoun City
Nancy E. Harvey, Jackson
Elbert R. Hilliard, Madison
C. D. Mathis, Jr., Jackson
Peter B. Miazza, Madison
Mississippi Genealogical Society
Mississippi Historical Society
Mississippi State Society, Daughters of the
     American Revolution
Martis D. Ramage, Jr., Belden
Eula F. Register, Arlington, Virginia
Vera Richardson, Jackson
Dr. Plater Robinson, New Orleans
Mary Taylor Sandefur Sigman, Jackson
Hazel L. Stephens, Brandon
William F. Winter, Jackson

Archaeology Month

Winterville Mounds Museum, Greenville

"Native American Astronomy," a lecture by David Craig, Wiley Planetarium, Delta State University, on the ways Native Americans used astronomical events. Friday, October 11, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. After the talk telescopes will be provided for stargazing.

Winterville archaeologist John Sullivan and Donna Rauche of the Chickasaw Nation will demonstrate the use of the atlatl, a device for increasing the velocity of thrown objects, on Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, the Native American games of chunkey and stickball will be explained and played.

Sam Brookes, Heritage Program, U.S. Forest Service, will talk about the preservation of artifacts and the effect of climate on Native American behavior Saturday, October 26, 1 to 3 p.m. For more information about events at Winterville Mounds, call 601/ 334-4684.


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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