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A MDAH Publication  |  Volume 45 No. 10  |  October 2003

MDAH Offices Open; Library Opens October 27

On Monday, September 15, MDAH staff members took their places in brand new offices in the William F. Winter Archives and History Building-they are also getting used to a new telephone/fax prefix: 576. Archives and Library Division staff is hard at work arranging archival materials so that the reading rooms can open October 27. Researchers should call in advance (601/576-6850) or check the MDAH Web site to verify that the library will be open on that date.

The Winter Building will be dedicated in ceremonies on Friday, November 7, at 1:30 p.m. David Halberstam, historian and journalist, will be the dedicatory speaker. After the ceremony, the portrait of William Winter by artist Jason Bouldin will be unveiled, and a reception and tours of the building will follow.


Fall Events at MDAH

Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History, Jackson
As part of Archaeology Month events, the Old Capitol Museum offers "Demo Dig 2002: Can You Dig It?" on Wednesday, October 1, through Friday, October 3. A demonstration archaeology dig will be conducted for grades four through six every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Teachers may make reservations by calling 601/ 576-6920. Click here for a complete list of Archaeology Month events around the state.

Historic Jefferson College, Washington
At "Pioneer Days," Wednesday, October 22, and Thursday, October 23, local and regional third-grade classes will learn about pioneer skills and activities.

Local and regional storytellers tell their best ghost stories around a bonfire at "Ghost Tales Around the Campfire," on Friday, October 24, at sundown (about 6 p.m.). Bring blankets or chairs. Free admission.

Vintage Civil War-Era Baseball Games will be played on Saturday, November 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Re-enactors will play baseball using 1850s rules, with the games featuring the Carriage Hill Farm Clodbusters against the Natchez Democrats. Free admission. For more information on HJC events, call 601/ 442-2901.

Winterville Mounds, Greenville
On October 11, 2003, from 1 to 3 p.m., Dr. Jeffrey Mitchem, Arkansas Archeological Survey, Parkin Archeological State Park, will talk about archeology at the Parkin site in a lecture, "Rediscovering Casqui: Excavations at Parkin in the 1990s." Free.

Juliet Tang will teach a basket weaving class on November 1, 2003, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-registration by October 10 is required. There is a $20.00 fee for materials.

On Friday and Saturday, November 7-8, 2003-from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday-James Jackson will teach pottery-making. The pottery will be kiln-fired. There is a $20.00 fee for materials. Call 662/334-4484.

Manship House Museum, Jackson Visitors to the Manships in Mourning exhibit will see how homes were prepared for the Victorian rituals of mourning. The exhibit, running Tuesday, October 14, through Saturday, November 8, at the Manship House Museum, is free of charge, but reservations are required for groups of ten or more. Call 601/ 961-4724.


Dr. Carroll Ball of Jackson, immediate past governor general, Order of the First Families of Mississippi, presents a check from the Order of the First Families for $4,000 to MDAH. The funds will be used to purchase a microfilm reader/scanner for staff and public use at Historic Jefferson College, Washington. Carroll Ball, left, with Jim Barnett, director, Historic Properties, MDAH, and Elbert R. Hilliard, MDAH director.

 

Genealogist to Speak

Nationally-known genealogical author and lecturer John Philip Colletta will give two presentations at the Great Delta Bear Affair Saturday, October 18, 2003 in Rolling Fork. The first will explain the first steps in tracing your family tree; the second will share his first experiences as a New Yorker conducting research in the Mississippi Delta. Colletta will also sign copies of his two books. For information, call 601/206-5703.


Teaching Civil War History

The Civil War Preservation Trust offers a two-week Civil War curriculum, a poster and essay contest, and a Civil War teachers' institute. The curriculum, designed for grades five, eight, and eleven, is available online. Students grades four through twelve may enter the poster and essay contest. Complete guidelines and curriculum are available online or call 888/ 606-1400, extension 204.


Columbus Forum October 30-November 2

The theme of this year's Columbus Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum and Antiques Show and Sale is "19th Century America and the Cult of Japan." A Japanese wood and strings puppet performance will be a highlight, along with nationally known speakers. For more details, call 800 /920-3533.


Natchez Antiques Forum November 5-7

Tours of historic homes and Antique Row, scholarly lectures, and special events are all part of the Pilgrimage Garden Club's Antiques Forum, November 5-7, in Natchez. For details, please visit their web site or call 877/ 442-9796.


Tennessee Williams Fest October 9-11

The 11th Annual Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival in Clarksdale focuses on two of Williams's one-act plays and the film Baby Doll. Performances, presentations, porch plays, and gourmet dinners are traditional parts of the festival. Writer Kenneth Holditch will open the festival, and participants will be offered a field trip down U.S. 1, the famous River Road. For more information, call 662/ 627-7337.


A Place Called Raymond

Saturday, October 11: lunch and noon concert, tour of homes 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call Friends of Raymond, 601/ 857-8942, or visit their web site.


2003: The Year of the Blues

Watch PBS Specials Sept. 28-Oct. 4.

The dedication of the William F. Winter Archives and History Building will be held on Friday, November 7, at 1: 30 p.m. Mark your calendars now.

Anderson Art at MMA

The Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA) joins the Old Capitol Museum and others to celebrate the centennial of Walter Anderson's birth. On exhibit through November 30 are MMA's holdings of original Anderson art. Anderson's art is also being shown at the Smithsonian Institution's Arts and Industries Building September 25, 2003, through January 11, 2004. A series of lectures across the state, musical events (Anderson was a music lover), and a symposium at Millsaps College are also scheduled for the celebration. Curriculum materials and lesson plans on Anderson's art are available online. Concurrent with the Anderson show at MMA are an exhibit of extraordinary hand-carved animals created by Greenville artist Kenneth Haxton and landscapes of the Gulf Coast by photographer Sandra Russell Clark.

A timely new book is The Art of Walter Anderson, edited by Patricia Pinson and published by University Press of Mississippi. The volume includes representative Anderson art and essays by noted art historians and curators: $60 cloth, $35 paper.

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