Eudora Welty Centennial

Through the gift of her home, books, and papers to the State of Mississippi, Eudora Welty hoped to promote creative endeavors, instill the love of reading, and provide a place where the imagination could be sparked. The Eudora Welty Centennial will provide opportunities to focus on the importance of literature, reading, and the visual and performing arts by celebrating one of the twentieth century's most respected writers.

Calendar of Events

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November 2008–January 2009 at the Museum of the City of New York, New York. Remounting of Welty's 1936 Lugene photography exhibit.

February 2009: Opening of the Eudora Welty Education and Visitors Center.

Friday, February 13, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at Millsaps College. Eudora Welty and the Civil Rights Movement: Where is the Voice Coming From? Millsaps professor and Welty biographer Suzanne Marrs and Medgar Evers House curator and Tougaloo archivist Minnie Watson lead a seminar for teachers. Participants will study Eudora Welty’s short story "Where is the Voice Coming From?" and visit the Medgar Evers and Eudora Welty Houses. Cost is $50. CEU credit included. For more information call 601-974-1133.

Sunday, February 22, at the Jackson Convention Complex. Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Ceremony. For more information call 601-353-7762.

Friday, March 6, 1:30 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum, Jackson. Welty panel discussion at the Mississippi Historical Society annual meeting. Open to the public registered for the meeting. At 3:00 p.m., participants will visit the Eudora Welty House for program and tour. For more information call 601-353-7762.

March 20–22, at New Stage Theatre, Jackson. Eudora Welty New Play Series. For more information call 601-948-3533.

Tuesday, March 24, at the Eudora Welty House, Jackson. The Southern Literary Trail inducts the Eudora Welty into its literary map. Patti Carr Black will be the keynote speaker. For more information call 601-353-7762.

Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. at the Eudora Welty House and Belhaven College, Jackson. Garden Day and Plant Sale. As part of the continuing celebration of the Eudora Welty Centennial, Jenny Rose Carey, director of the Temple University Arboretum, will discuss women in horticulture and William Welch, Texas A & M University, will speak on heirloom plants at the Barber Auditorium on the Belhaven College campus in Jackson. At noon a plant sale at the Welty House Museum will feature some of Welty’s favorites: azaleas, camellias, and day lilies. For more information call 601-353-7762. Seating is limited and people are encouraged to arrive early.

Sunday, March 29, 2:00–3:30 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum, Jackson. Mississippi Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiling—Eudora Welty. One of the most beloved Mississippi writers is added to the Hall of Fame collection. For more information call 601-576-6920 or email the Old Capitol.

April 11–July 5, at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Eudora Welty in New York. The MMA will host an exhibition of images from Eudora Welty's first photographic exhibit originally shown in 1936 at the Lugene Opticians Photographic Galleries. For more information call 601-960-1515.

Tuesday–Saturday, April 14–18. Tour Packages: Overnight tour package including photography exhibit, Welty House tour, trolley ride, dinner, play, and accommodations. Contact the Fairview Inn at 888-948-1908 or in Jackson, 601-213-7433. Daytime only tour package including photography exhibit, Welty House tour, lunch, and trolley ride. Contact the Fondren Express trolley at 601-213-7433.

Thursday, April 16, at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Opening reception for Welty in New York photography exhibit. For more information call 601-960-1515.

April 16–18, at Millsaps College, Jackson. Southern Literary Festival and Eudora Welty Society meetings. For more information, contact the Eudora Welty Society.

Friday, April 17, 8:00 p.m. at Belhaven Center for the Arts, Jackson. Welty Centennial Concert. Eudora Welty-inspired singer/songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kate Campbell, Caroline Herring, and Claire Holley will perform. For ticketing information call 601-355-5252 or visit Ticketmaster's website.

Saturday, April 18, at New Stage Theatre, Jackson. Eudora Welty Day. New Stage Theatre celebrates Welty's special relationship with the theatre, including a presentation of never-performed sketches from the author's What Year is This. For more information call 601-948-3533.

Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall, Jackson. Mississippi Symphony Bravo V Concert: "Adoring Eudora". For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Mississippi Symphony's website.

September 1–November 19, at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel. Eudora Welty in New York. The MMA will host an exhibition of images from Eudora Welty's first photographic exhibit originally shown in 1936 at the Lugene Opticians Photographic Galleries. For more information call 601-649-6374.

Thursday, September 24, noon–1 p.m. at the Eudora Welty Library, Jackson. Friends of the Jackson Library Membership Garden Party. Annual membership program, reminiscent of the garden party held on the occasion of Eudora Welty's high school graduation. For more information call 601-576-6857 or email Friends of the Jackson Library.

September 26–December 6, at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Premiere: Eudora Welty's State Fair Mural. The MMA will host an exhibition of the diptych painted by Welty alongside Welty's photographs of the State Fair in the 1930s. For more information call 601-960-1515.

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