Black History Month
The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is featuring local African American history in Ferbruary on its “Local History Announcements” blog.
The National Archives has photographs related to the Tuskegee Airmen. Find out more in this blog post from NARAtions.
Read about the 1942 Negro League World Series and the match up of two great African American baseball players in this post from the National Museum of American History’s “O Say Can You See?” blog.
This post from the “Picture This” blog surveys civil rights era photographs in the Library of Congress collection.
The Smithsonian Collections Blog uses a photograph of composer Duke Ellington to discuss issues related archival practice and digitization.
The National Museum of American History explores love stories in its collections in this post from the “O Say Can You See?” blog.
Explore historic Valentine’s Day cards on the “Picture This” blog of the Library of Congress.
Check out the “Official MissPres 101 Places to See Before You Die Map” on the Preservation in Mississippi blog.
What did Washington, D.C., look like in the 1860s? Find out in this post from the National Museum of American History’s “O Say Can You See?” blog.
Listen to audio clips from Monitor Records albums such as “Russian Cabaret” and “Vienna by Night” on the Smithsonian Collections Blog.
This broadside (OSXBroadsides/1900) was discovered within a larger collection of materials from the attic of the Elms in Natchez. The two sided broadside was recently scanned and made available online through the catalog (click here to access both sides). Many of the other materials from the attic are now in Z/1879 The Elms Papers at MDAH.
We continue to bring you short clips from the film collections of MDAH (see also the Key Brothers aviation film footage). Special thanks to Derrick Cole, webmaster, and Celia Tisdale, audiovisual curator, for their assistance in preparing the film for the blog.
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This short film clip from the B. F. Jackson Film collection1 depicts a Christmas parade in Cleveland from approximately the late 1950s. Ruleville native B. F. Jackson was an amateur film maker and owner of several movie theaters in the Mississippi Delta. Eight of his films were donated to MDAH in 2002 and the reel containing the Christmas parade film was conserved in 2005 with a National Film Preservation grant. This film may be viewed in its entirety in the MDAH Media Room, along with other MDAH film collections.
While we do not know the exact date of this parade, the following article from The Bolivar Commercial describes the annual parade of 1950:
Cleveland’s annual Christmas Parade and fireworks display on Tuesday, December 12, witnessed by approximately 5,000 people, was judged one of the most beautiful ever held in Cleveland. The float presented by Kamien’s Department Store was judged the most beautiful of 21 gloats entered by Cleveland business houses and organizations. The Shelby Rotary Club float received 2nd place, and the Business & Professional Women’s Club 3rd place in the judging. The following received honorable mention: (1) West Implement Company, (2) V. F. W. and V. F. W. Auxiliary, and (3) Cleveland Colored School.
The bands from Shelby, Benoit, Cleveland High School and the Cleveland Colored School thrilled the spectators as the beautiful floats passed along the parade route. The fireworks display held after the parade was witnessed by the largest crowd ever to see a fireworks display in Cleveland.2
1 Reel 2, MP 2002.03: B. F. Jackson Film collection (accretion), MDAH.
2 “Huge Crowd Witnesses Annual Christmas Parade; Kamien’s Float Judged Most Beautiful,” The Bolivar Commercial, December 15, 1950. MDAH microfilm roll 20397.
The train town of Possum Ridge has been a holiday tradition in the capital city for nearly forty years. Its running trains and detailed model buildings have delighted both children and adults every December. This series explores the history of the town and the stories behind its buildings as related to us by Lucky Osborne, who built most of the town himself. Osborne continues to volunteer his time to maintain the town and read from “A Special Visitor Comes to Possum Ridge,” the children’s book inspired by the exhibit.
Walter Hazzlerigg of Vicksburg ran the trains at Possum Ridge for over twenty years. For a time, he was the only engineer staffing the exhibit and he worked all day. He later moved to Texas and ran the trains at the local zoo, but every year, he took his vacation time and returned to Jackson to run the trains.
The last time he was here, Hazzlerigg told Osborne that he would be retiring soon and planned to purchase a caboose in which to live. He also planned to build a model train shop onto the caboose. He passed away shortly thereafter, and Osborne decided that Walter would have his caboose after all. So he built Walter’s Caboose with the train shop on the back and a figure of Walter on the front porch. There is also a statue of the dedicated engineer in Possum Park.
The model train town of Possum Ridge and historic Christmas trees and toys are on display Monday, noon–4:30 p.m., Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. through December 22 on the first floor of the William F. Winter Archives and History Building at the corner of North and Amite streets in Jackson. Tours for school groups are available by reservation Tuesday–Friday, December 6–16, 9 a.m.–noon. For information call 601-576-6800.