This week marks the third anniversary since the re-opening of the Old Capitol Museum after its post-Katrina restoration. These photographs of the 2007-2008 restoration were taken by OCM Director Clay Williams.

Old Capitol Restoration senate chamber

Work on the ceiling of the Senate Chamber

Old Capitol Restoration senate floor

Working on the floor of the Senate Chamber

Old Capitol Restoration state library

Scaffolding in the State Library

Old Capitol Restoration exterior

Rear view of the Old Capitol

View more photos in the Old Capitol Restoration Gallery. Old Capitol Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m., free of charge. Located at Capitol and State Streets in downtown Jackson, parking in rear.

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Old Capitol Museum exterior

Today marks the third anniversary of the grand opening of the Old Capitol Museum after its post-Katrina restoration. OCM Director Clay Williams documented the 2007-2008 restoration of this National Historic Landmark in hundreds of photographs. We have selected a few to look at here, but you can view more in the Restoration Gallery. Read more about the restoration here.

Old Capitol restoration House Chamber

Workers in the House of Representatives Chamber

Old Capitol Restoration 1st floor corridor

Plaster work in 1st floor corridor

Old Capitol Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m., free of charge. Located at Capitol and State Streets in downtown Jackson, parking in rear.

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One panorama of shipbuilding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Call Number: PI/2011.0002 (MDAH Collection)

One panorama of shipbuilding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Call Number: PI/2011.0002 (MDAH Collection)

These panorama photographs were recently scanned and made available online in the catalog. Click the photograph title to view the image or click “view the catalog record” to see the individual catalog records.

Mississippi Delegation attending the Roosevelt-Wallace Inauguration January 19, 1941, Washington D. C. Or view the catalog record.

One panorama of shipbuilding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Or view the catalog record (pictured above).

C. C. C. Co. 1484 “Camp Jeff Davis,” Kiln, Miss. Sept. 20, 1933. Or view the catalog record.

37th Annual Reunion United Confederate Veterans. Oct. 7-9, 1925. Meridian. Or view the catalog record.

“Special Train, 52 cars Oakland Automobiles Destined California. Left Pontiac, Mich. Feb. 4. 1931, Routed G.T.-I.C. “Natchez Route” T.P.-S.P. Time in transit, Pontiac to Shreveport, La. 62 hrs.” Or view the catalog record.

Downtown Jackson aerial photograph. Or view the catalog record.

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1875 Capitol Grounds Survey Map Online

On November 15, 2011, in Digital Archives, Maps, by Amanda
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Map of Capitol Grounds survey, 1875, by Jeff. D. Bell, surveyor. Call Number: MA/2003.0107(a) MDAH Collection

Map of Capitol Grounds survey, 1875, by Jeff. D. Bell, surveyor. Call Number: MA/2003.0107(a) MDAH Collection

This interesting map of the Capitol Street area is available to view online as a Zoomify JPEG! Click here to view the map.

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Gem from the Daniel Collection

On November 8, 2011, in Digital Archives, Photographs, by Amanda
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"New Capitol, Bevo Car, circa 1918." Call Number: PI/1999.0001, no. 50 (MDAH Collection)

"New Capitol, Bevo Car, circa 1918." Call Number: PI/1999.0001, no. 50 (MDAH Collection)

We stumbled on this little treasure while browsing the excellent Daniel (Al Fred) Photograph Collection (PI/1999.0001). At first glance, it appears to be simply an early automobile in front of the capitol, but upon closer examination, you’ll notice life preservers, ship’s bell, miniature cannons, and a front bumper that is reminiscent of an anchor!

This car was called a “Bevo Boat” and was manufactured by Anheuser-Busch to promote its non-alcoholic “Bevo” beverage. However, during World War I, the company loaned the cars to the United States government so that they could tour the country and aid in the recruitment of soldiers and sale of war bonds. This is what most likely brought the vehicle to Mississippi in 1918. Click here to see an original catalog of the Anheuser-Busch Vehicle Department, including the Bevo Boat.

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