New MDAH Brochures
Three new brochures will make research at the MDAH
Reading Room easier. "Archival Collections of the Mississippi
Department of Archives and History" describes the MDAH holdings: Mississippiana,
government records, personal papers, maps, newspapers, photographs, audiovisual
collection, and more. "Research at MDAH,"
an on-site aid, contains a detailed map of the Reading Rooms and answers to basic
research questions. "Researching Your African American
Ancestors at MDAH" describes resources such as federal censuses, slave
schedules, statewide marriage indexes, Freedmen's Bureau marriage records, court
cases and others-and directs researchers to these aids. Brochures are available
by mail upon request: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601/ 576-6857 or
write Public Information, P.O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205.
Old Capitol Museum, Jackson
In conjunction with Archaeology Month events,
the Old Capitol Museum offers "Demo-Dig 2004: Can You
Dig It?" on Wednesday, October 6, through Friday, October 8. A demonstration
archaeology dig will be conducted on the Old Capitol Green for school classes,
grades four through six, every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Programs
last one hour.) Reservations are required. For a complete list of Archaeology
Month events around the state, visit our Archaeology Month pages.
Grand Village of the Natchez Indians,
As part of Archaeology
Month, Grand Village presents a talk by Dr. Hiram "Pete" Gregory on "Natchezan
Influences to the West" on Thursday evening, October 14, at 6:30 p.m.
in the Grand Village auditorium. Admission is free, and light refreshments will
At Student Days, Thursday, October
7- Friday, October 8, local and regional fourth-grade classes learn about Native
American culture, archaeology, and nature studies. Volunteers perform gospel,
country, and jazz music at Music at the Mounds, Saturday, October 23, 11 a.m.-2
p.m. Free admission.
Historic Jefferson College,
At Pioneer Days, Thursday, October
21, and Friday, October 22, local and regional third-grade classes will learn
about pioneer skills and activities.
Local and regional storytellers tell their best ghost stories at Ghost
Tales Around the Campfire, on Friday, October 29, at sundown (about
6 p.m.). Bring blankets or chairs. Free admission.
Vintage Civil War-Era Baseball Games will be played on Saturday,
October 9, beginning at 9 a.m. Reenactors will play baseball using 1850s rules.
Manship House Museum,
Visitors to the Manships in Mourning
exhibit will see how homes were prepared for the Victorian rituals of mourning.
The exhibit, running Tuesday, October 12, through Saturday, November 13, at the
Manship House Museum, is free of charge, but reservations are required for groups
of ten or more.
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visit our Archaeology Month
pages for events around the state.
A Place Called Raymond, the sixth annual fall pilgrimage,
will be held Friday evening, October 8, through Saturday, October 9. The theme
is "Living with the Arts," and each homeowner has selected an art form to feature:
music, quilting, photography, gardening, and other arts. Twelve historic homes
will be open, in addition to other historic buildings and churches. Proceeds benefit
programs of the Friends of Raymond. The Battles of Port Gibson, Raymond, and Champion
Hill will be reenacted on November 13-14 on the Raymond Battlefield. Other events
planned for the weekend include a parade, haversack lunch at the Confederate cemetery,
and period dress dance. For more information, visit their web site.
recently submitted a list of nationally important Mississippi women to the National
Museum of Women's History in New York in response to a nationwide survey. Beginning
with this issue, the Newsletter will highlight the lives and works of some of
Althea Brown (1874-1937) was an African American missionary
to Africa. She left Rolling Fork, Mississippi, to study at Fisk University, graduated
with honors, and went on to teach school in Pikeville, Tennessee. In 1901 she
applied to be a missionary in the American Presbyterian Congo Mission. She said
goodbye to her family in Mississippi and sailed for Africa in August 1902, stopping
in London to assemble supplies.
Brown survived much fierce
fighting in the rebellion in the Congo and married co-worker Alonzo Edmiston there,
sewing wedding garments herself, as their clothes had burned with their mission
station. They came back to America to raise money for the mission and returned
to Africa, taking their child with them. Althea Brown Edmiston wrote the first
dictionary of the Bakuba language. She died in 1937 in Africa of sleeping sickness
and malaria. A biography, A Life for the Congo: The Story of Althea Brown Edmiston,
by Julia Lake Kellersberger, was published in 1947.
The Mississippi Humanities
Council is currently overseeing two exhibitions from the Smithsonian Institution.
Key Ingredients: America by Food addresses
the diversity of our country's food traditions and regional influences on the
way Americans eat. After showing in Oxford until mid-September, it travels to
Gautier, Cleveland, and Port Gibson before closing in Columbus in March of next
The second exhibit, Between
Fences, a cultural history of fences and land use in America, will
tour the state beginning in the fall of 2005. This exhibit examines how neighbors
and nations divide and protect, offend, and defend through the boundaries they
build. Proposals are now being solicited from potential venues for Between
Fences. Contact MHC at 601/ 432-6752 for details.
In Bridging Deep South Rivers: The Life
and Legend of Horace King, John S. Lupold and Thomas L. French,
Jr., tell the story of the architect and engineer of covered wooden bridges in
Georgia, Alabama, and eastern Mississippi. Horace King began his work as a slave;
as a freedman he became a successful entrepreneur and builder; and during Reconstruction
he became a politician. The book deals with King's interactions with his fellow
(white) contractors and investors and reveals how important the bridges were to
the southern market economy. Cloth, $29.95, from the University of Georgia Press,
published in cooperation with the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Troup
County Historical Society.
Hurricane Camille: Monster Storm of the
Gulf Coast, by Philip D. Hearn, draws from firsthand accounts of
survivors of the great storm, one of only three category 5 hurricanes ever to
hit the U.S. mainland. The death toll over Mississippi's three coastal counties
reached 131, with 41 persons never found. Along the coast today, vacant lots,
mysterious staircases and driveways leading to nowhere are Camille's eerie reminders.
From University Press of Mississippi, cloth, $25.
Charles Emil Peterson,
Charles Emil Peterson, FAIA, and founder of the Historic American Buildings
Survey (1933), the National Park Service's nationwide program to document historic
structures, died August 18. A founding member and Fellow of the U.S. chapter of
the International Committee on Monuments and Sites, Peterson served as a consultant
for the restoration of the Mississippi Governor's Mansion in 1972-75 and oversaw
the restoration of the late eighteenth-century plantation house, Mount Locust,
on the Natchez Trace.