A MDAH Publication | Volume 45 No. 9 | September 2003
Winter Building Dedication Set; Halberstam To Speak
The William F. Winter Archives and History Building will be dedicated in ceremonies on Friday, November 7, 2003, at 1:30 p.m., at 100 North Street, Jackson. The public is cordially invited. Delivering the dedicatory address will be historian and journalist David Halberstam, a longtime friend of William Winter.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the portrait of Governor Winter by Oxford artist Jason Bouldin will be unveiled in the Winter Building lobby. A reception and tours will follow.
David Halberstam came to national prominence as a reporter covering the Vietnam War for the New York Times, where he was one of the first journalists to report that the war was being lost. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting. His subsequent book The Best and the Brightest chronicled the path the Kennedy and Johnson administrations took in Vietnam. Halberstam's most recent book is Teammates, the story of a long-lived friendship among famed Boston Red Sox teammates.
For more information on the dedication, please call 601/ 359-6850 (576-6850 after September 15).
Capitals and Capitols
A new permanent exhibit on the history of the state capital opens Tuesday, September 2, at the Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History. Mississippi's Capitals and Capitols will explain the circuitous history of Mississippi's many capital cities and capitol buildings.
Throughout Mississippi's territorial period and well into statehood, the government lacked its own capitol facility; officials had to meet in rented space in the capital cities of Natchez, Washington, and Columbia-until Jackson was founded and selected as the state's permanent capital.
Even this designation did not create instant stability. Several attempts were made to relocate the capital, and it took a constitutional mandate to secure Jackson's future as Missis-sippi's capital city. The Civil War caused further instability as government officials were forced to flee Jackson on several occasions, moving temporarily to Enterprise, Meridian, Macon, and Columbus.
Three buildings have served the state's needs in Jackson: the first, built on the corner of Capitol and President, no longer stands; the second is the Old Capitol; and the third is our current statehouse, the "New" Capitol.
On display will be architectural elements from the Old Capitol and New Capitol, a legislative journal from the territorial period, historical photographs and clothing, and other artifacts.
MDAH has received a $1,675 matching grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for a limited architectural analysis of the Governor's Mansion. The study will help the Department document and safeguard the historical interior architectural elements of the 162-year-old structure. George Fore, a noted architectural conservator from Raleigh, North Carolina, examined the historical section of the mansion-primarily millwork-to determine the original elements and finishes from subsequent alterations. These National Trust Preservation Services Fund awards must be matched dollar for dollar with public or private funds.
Applications are now available through MDAH for Community Heritage Preservation Grants of up to $500,000 that may be used to pay the cost of preservation and restoration of many historic buildings state-wide. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on October 10.
by the Mississippi Department of Archives
and History Elbert R. Hilliard, director Chrissy Wilson, editor