Mississippi inaugurated a new governor and other state officials earlier this month. This series brings you historic photographs of past inauguration ceremonies, inaugural parades, and inaugural balls from the MDAH collection.

Marchers from Walthall County in inauguration parade of Paul Johnson, Jr., 1964. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 217 (MDAH Collection)

Marchers from Walthall County in inauguration parade of Paul Johnson, Jr., 1964. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 217 (MDAH Collection)

Inaugural parade of Martin S. Connor, January 19, 1932. Call Number: PI/STA/C66.6, item 3 (MDAH Collection)

Inaugural parade of Martin S. Connor, January 19, 1932. Call Number: PI/STA/C66.6, item 3 (MDAH Collection)

Governor Martin S. Connor rides in an open convertible during his inaugural parade down Capitol Street on January 19, 1932. Mrs. Conner is seated beside him and spectators line street.

Female drill team at Ross Barnett's inaugural parade, January 21, 1960. Call Number: PI/COL/1982.0142, item 27 (MDAH Collection)

Female drill team at Ross Barnett's inaugural parade, January 21, 1960. Call Number: PI/COL/1982.0142, item 27 (MDAH Collection)

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Mississippi inaugurated a new governor and other state officials this week. This series brings you historic photographs of past inauguration ceremonies, inaugural parades, and inaugural balls from the MDAH collection.

Governor Hugh White's Inaugural Parade, January 22, 1952. Call Number: PI/COL/1982.0016, item 296 (MDAH Collection)

Governor Hugh L. White's Inaugural Parade, January 22, 1952. Call Number: PI/COL/1982.0016, item 296 (MDAH Collection)

Colonels in inauguration parade of Hugh L. White, 1952. Call Number: PI/2002.0002, item 12 (MDAH Collection)

Colonels in inauguration parade of Hugh L. White, 1952. Call Number: PI/2002.0002, item 12 (MDAH Collection)

Horse drawn carriage at Ross Barnett's inaugural parade. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 260 (MDAH Collection)

Horse drawn carriage at Ross Barnett's inaugural parade. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 260 (MDAH Collection)

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"Downtown Jackson At Night, Time Exposure - Shot From Balcony of Old Capitol Building." 195-. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 72 (MDAH Collection)

"Downtown Jackson At Night, Time Exposure - Shot From Balcony of Old Capitol Building." 195-. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 72 (MDAH Collection)

Hugh Warren Shankle (1921- ) was a photo technician with WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, during the late 1950s and ’60s. He was also the official photographer for the Mississippi Art Association and timpanist in the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. This collection consists of two hundred sixty eight images of local personalities, beauty contestants, inauguration ceremonies, and historical houses and buildings in Jackson and other locations in Mississippi, as well as Ole Miss football, including the January 2, 1962, Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Click here to view the collection.

Photographs of Gulf Coast landmarks such as the Biloxi Lighthouse and Beauvoir are in the collection, as well as Windsor Ruins and the aftermath of the 1966 Candlestick Park, Jackson, tornado.

Christmas Day 1941

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Mississippi Governor's Mansion, December 25, 1941. Call Number: PI/1999.0001 (MDAH Collection)

Mississippi Governor's Mansion, December 25, 1941. Call Number: PI/1999.0001 (MDAH Collection)

This photograph is from the Al Fred Daniel Collection. From everyone here at MDAH, have a wonderful holiday!

MDAH Holiday Closings:

All offices will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Friday, December 24 through Monday, December 27, 2010.

All offices will be closed for New Years’ from Friday, December 31, 2010 through Monday, January 3, 2011.

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Decorating at the Winter Building, November 30, 2010

Museum division staff decorate the historic Christmas trees in the lobby

The holiday season has arrived at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building! Here’s a look at the decorations sprouting up all over the place.

Christmas decorations in library, 2010

The Reference Library has extra security for the holidays!

Library Christmas decorations, 2010

Decorations in the library

Come by tonight for the Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight tour and see the decorations, as well as holiday decor at the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, Mississippi State Capitol, and Old Capitol Museum. Tours are tonight only from 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Musical entertainment is scheduled at the Governor’s Mansion, State Capitol, Old Capitol Museum, and Winter Building. Historic holiday film footage will be shown at the Winter Building. Refreshments will be available at the Governor’s Mansion and the Old Capitol Museum.

Shuttle buses will run between sites approximately every 5 minutes. Visitors may begin the tour at whichever site they choose and take the shuttle to the various sites. Parking is available at all sites, except the Governor’s Mansion. For more information, please call 601-576-6800.

Possum Ridge train exhibit

Possum Ridge train exhibit detail

For more images of decorations at the Winter Building and other MDAH museums and sites, check out the department facebook page and the Old Capitol Museum facebook page!