History Now Enters Second Year
Mississippi Historical Society's educational Web site, Mississippi History Now,
completed a successful first year at the end of July, publishing 18 articles and
lesson plans and enjoying academic support as well as the support of generous
sponsors. Editor Peggy Jeanes of Jackson reports thattopics scheduled for the
second year will include "Women's Suffrage and the ERA in Mississippi," by Marjorie
Spruill, University of Southern Mississippi; "The Chinese in Mississippi," by
Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi; "Richard Wright," by Jerry W.
Ward, Jr., Tougaloo; and "William Faulkner," by Jay Watson, University of Mississippi.
Hundreds gathered at the July 15 book-signing event for Mississippi
Quilts. Left: Martha Ginn, Mississippi Quilting Assn.; Donna Dye, Old Capitol
Museum director; and Mississippi Quilts author Mary Elizabeth Johnson.
"The Society is very proud of Peggy Jeanes's successful recruiting of scholars
around the state to write these essays," Elbert R. Hilliard, MDAH director and
MHS secretary-treasurer, said. "We are also appreciative of her work with the
teachers who are preparing effective lesson plans for use by teachers and students
statewide. The Department of Education has generously provided computer support
and the staff time of Webmaster Robin Sutliff."
The Mississippi Hall of Fame opens Sunday, October 7, at the Old Capitol Museum
of Mississippi History in Jackson. This exhibit of portraits and artifacts presents
the history and purpose of our state's memorial to its most distinguished citizens,
the Mississippi Hall of Fame. Visitors can learn how to participate in the Hall's
selection process and can view history through the lives of the state's history
The lives of eight members of the Hall of Fame are spotlighted, with personal
items or artifacts associated with the individuals displayed: Medgar Wiley Evers,
Laurence C. Jones, Greenwood Leflore, Stephen D. Lee, Andrew Marschalk, Garvin
D. Shands, Nellie Nugent Somerville, and Ellen Woodward. The exhibit hangs through
January 20, 2002. For more information, call 601/ 359-6920.
Jefferson College/ Washington (601/442-2901)
Skills for Kids
Pioneer Days at Historic Jefferson College, Wednesday-Thursday, October 24-25,
craftspeople will teach local and regional third-grade classes about pioneer skills
and activities such as candle-making, weaving, and soap-making.
at Historic Jefferson College Friday, October 26, for "Ghost Tales around the
Campfire," told by local and regional storytellers. Bring lawn chairs, blankets,
and picnic supper.
Historic Jefferson College will present its annual vintage
1850s baseball games-using 1850s rules-Saturday,November 3, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
House Museum/ Jackson (601/ 961-4724)
Crafts and Storytelling
At "Victorian Fall Festivities," Monday, October
29, 3:30 to 5 p.m., visitors of all ages can enjoy tales by renowned storyteller
Diane Williams and create Victorian-era autumn crafts including leaf transparencies,
potpourri sachets, and kaleidoscopes.
Village of the Natchez Indians/Natchez (601/446-6502)
at the Mounds
Gospel, country, and jazz musicians will entertain at the
annual Music at the Mounds on Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mounds/ Greenville (662/334-4684)
In coordination with National Archaeology Month, an open
house/membership drive for the Mississippi Archaeological Association will be
held Saturday, October 13,6-9 p.m. Pottery Making Demonstration Well-known local
craftsman Lee Stovall of Kent's Alley Pottery in Leland, Mississippi, will demonstrate
his art on Friday, October 19, 3-7 p.m.
Native American Astronomy
Dr. David Craig, director of the Wiley
Planetarium, Delta State University, will discuss Native American astronomy and
lead participants in telescope observations on Thursday, October 25, 7:30-9 p.m.
Trick or Treat at the Mounds
Celebrate a safe Halloween 5-7 p.m.
on Wednesday, October 31, with the staff of Winterville Moundsand enjoy cider,
doughnuts, and candy treats! Paleo-Indians and Critters Dr. Marvin Jeter, Arkansas
Archaeological Survey, will talk about the Paleo-Indians and the animals they
encountered and hunted in North America on Tuesday, October 9, at 7 p.m.
Storytelling with Grayhawk Perkins
Hear Native American tales told
by veteran Houma-Choctaw storyteller Grayhawk Perkins, 2-5 p.m. on November 4.
Nominations Due for Hall
the Hall of Fame election being held this December, nominations must be submitted
to MDAH by November 1, 2001. Only Mississippians, native or adopted, who have
been deceased for at least five years are eligible. Nominations, not to exceed
three double-spaced typewritten pages, must be carefully documented with footnotes
and a bibliography. Each nomination should describe the unique contributions of
the individual. Nominations for athletes will not be accepted since athletes are
eligible for induction into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Mail nomination
to Hall of Fame Nomination, MDAH, P.O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205-0571.