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Lolly Barnes is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Heritage Trust, a statewide nonprofit organization working to save and renew places meaningful to Mississippians and their history.

  • Yes Virginia, there is hope for the Meridian Police Department

    Meridian Police Station

    OK preservationists, finish up those letters to Santa and get your comments in to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in support of Mississippi Landmark status for the Meridian Police Department.  The salient facts: The building is a watershed of… Read More ›

  • Are You In the Mood for MOD?

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    Are you in the mood for fun, quirky and quite fantastic architecture? So are we! At times misunderstood when constructed, modernist buildings are now considered the “new historic,” with a whole new audience of enthusiastic building-huggers awakening to the creative… Read More ›

  • Update on Meridian Police Department

    John Poros with MSU School of Architecture sums it up-the Meridian Police Department matters.

    At the October 17 meeting of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees, the trustees voted to consider the Meridian Police Department as a Mississippi Landmark. The City of Meridian has requested permission to demolish this outstanding modernist building, but has not announced any plans for the site.

  • Hello Hummingbirds!

    Our Main Street friends enjoying lunch during the Save My Place tour for Destination Downtown.

    This fall is a busy time at the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s coast office, and not just for critters. Last Monday, we were thrilled to share this architectural masterpiece with Main Streeters from Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas who were in Ocean Springs for the Destination Downtown conference. Then on Saturday, architect Ligia Romer shared her thoughts on the “Frank versus Louis” debate with over thirty guests. Her lecture series will continue on October 18 with “Period versus Progress” and November 15 with “The Big Story and the Small Town,” both at 2:00 p.m.

  • To Preserve and Protect

    John Poros with MSU School of Architecture sums it up-the Meridian Police Department matters.

    Designed by eminent Mississippi architect Chris Risher, the Meridian Police Department is a watershed of modernist design worthy of preservation. Reflecting international trends in architecture, the building represents Meridian’s aspirations in the 1970s to become a city of architectural renown. The City of Meridian recently submitted a request to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for a permit to demolish this intriguing building.

  • Break Out Those Markers!

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    The Mississippi Heritage Trust is calling all young artists to share their drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs of the historic places that matter the most to them. In addition to being featured on the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s online gallery, a few… Read More ›

  • Listen Up! Student Art Competition-Silent Dream of Square Books by Conor Hultman

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    Silent Dream of Square Books by Conor Hultman, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, Columbus Square Books, under a cozy and comfortable façade, hold the history of human trials and triumph through corridors of the written word, past the covers… Read More ›

  • Listen Up! Student Art Competition-Forgotten Academy by Abigail Wippel


    Forgotten Academy by Abigail Wippel, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, Columbus This drawing shows what Elizabeth Female Academy looks like now and what it would have looked like during its use in the 1800s.  

  • Listen Up! Student Art Competition-Aerial View of the Capitol by Alex Duckworth


    Aerial View of the Capitol by Alex Duckworth, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Jackson The Capitol Building is the source of Mississippi’s government. Along with its importance of government, the Capitol’s architecture was very intricate in its Beaux-Arts architectural style.

  • Listen Up! Student Art Competition-Temple Heights by Nicholas Elder


    Temple Heights by Nicholas Elder, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science As I walk up the stairs from the street I crane my neck to admire the towering house as it radiates in the setting sun. Candles and torches are… Read More ›

  • Pretty as a Picture

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    Preservationists rejoice! The White House Hotel in Biloxi reopened its doors last night.  

  • OK! Time for PK!


    If you were not able to make it to Tupelo for all the fun and festivities last month, I have a treat in store for you.  Allen Pegues with Premium Productions just happened to stop by for PechaKucha night, so… Read More ›

  • School is Out-For the Count?

    Guntown School, Guntown (1937, Overstreet & Town, architects). Designated July 2011.

    The Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees will consider two requests for demolition of Mississippi Landmarks at their Friday, July 18 meeting: Guntown School in Lee County, and Eupora School Gymnasium in Webster County.

  • Beauty and the Beach

    White House

    The White House Hotel in Biloxi is a bustle of activity these days, as workers plant flowers, lay grass, install railings around the pool and put the finishing touches on the Grand Lady of the Gulf as she gets ready… Read More ›

  • Burger and Shake Please!


    After a brief hiatus, Jackson’s classic soda fountain Brent’s Drugs is back and better than ever. We certainly are lucky to have preservationists like Brad Reeves and his partners Johnathan Shull and Amanda and Nathan Wells to carry the torch…. Read More ›

  • We Love Our Tax Credits, Oh Yes We Do…

    MHT President Brad Reeves presents Speaker of the House Philip Gunn with the Libby Aydelott Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy for his championship of the state historic tax credit at the Heritage Awards Luncheon on June 10 in Tupelo.

      Earlier this year, there were some anxious moments when it looked as if our state historic tax credit might die an ignominious death in the legislature.  Thanks to the vociferous support of preservationists from around the state and forward-thinking… Read More ›

  • Changing of the Guard

    Retiring board member Bill Luckett, retiring board president Brad Reeves and me at the MHT Annual Membership Meeting at Doyce and Bill Deas' lovely home in Tupelo.

    Preservationists throw the best parties. Last week in Tupelo, we kicked off the Listen Up! Historic Preservation Conference with a tour of the historic Highland Circle neighborhood led by Bruce Smith, then repaired to Doyce and Bill Deas’ lovely home… Read More ›

  • Amazing


    Amazing. That is the word that best captures the spirit of this year’s Listen Up! Historic Preservation Conference and Heritage Awards Luncheon. I could not help but be delighted, engaged and inspired by all the wonderful stories our conference participants… Read More ›

  • Ready, Set, Tupelo!

    MHT Listen Up Preservation Conference 2014 flyer

    The Listen Up! Historic Preservation Conference is right around the corner! It’s not too late to sign up for this amazing opportunity to learn from your fellow preservationists about great things that are happening around Mississippi and how to make… Read More ›

  • And the winner is…

    Historic Randolph School After, 315 Clark Avenue, Pass Christian

    Preservation in Mississippi!  That’s right, our very own blog will be receiving a 2014 Heritage Award for Preservation Education from the Mississippi Heritage Trust at the awards luncheon in Tupelo June 10.  I wonder if E.L. Malvaney will show up to accept… Read More ›

  • An All-Star Cast

    An all-star cast of preservationists will perform at the Listen Up! Historic Preservation Conference in Tupelo June 8-10.

    Are you all signed up for the Listen Up! Historic Preservation Conference in Tupelo next month? An all-star cast of Mississippi’s most creative and innovative preservationists will share their extensive knowledge about how to make projects come alive in your neck of the woods.

  • Say It With Me!

    Erica Speed and Bruce Smith admire a restored window at the J.J. Rogers Building

    The Listen Up! Historic Preservation Conference and Heritage Awards Luncheon is right around the corner! As you can imagine, we are all quite busy making plans for this fun get-together in Tupelo.  Of all the tasks on my list, the… Read More ›

  • How Are You Celebrating Historic Preservation Month?

    Who will save Toontown?

    I have some suggestions! Invite your favorite elected official to lunch. Wait until dessert to begin a gentle tirade about the importance of historic preservation. Attend one of the many fun and educational historic preservation programs taking place around the… Read More ›

  • Mississippi’s Downtown Renaissance

    COLUMBUS. Three open air streetcars along with a brass band, a dog and many local dignitaries including Mayor J.T. Gunter, Percy Maer, B.A. Weaverm J.W. Steen, J.L. Walker, Judge L. Marx and Mr. Heard posed on the first day of trolley operations. Courtesy Cooper Postcard Collection, Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History.

    Thinking of all our friends around the state who are picking up the pieces today from this week’s tornadoes. In honor of these great towns, where so many good things are happening, I thought I would share a story from… Read More ›

  • Dark Days

    Holtzclaw Mansion

    This Friday, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees will consider requests to demolish two Mississippi Landmarks and delist another, which pretty much amounts to the same thing.

  • Pass the Popcorn

    Turkey Creek

    Preservationists, pass the word (and the popcorn)-the long-awaited premier of Come Hell or High Water is finally here! Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek will air on WORLD Channel, on the series America Reframed on April… Read More ›

  • My New Favorite Song

    Old Peoples Bank Bldg. Biloxi, Harrison County. 2014

    I spend lots of time in my car, traveling from one beautiful historic Mississippi town to the next. As soon as I get in range of Hattiesburg, I switch to USM Radio-you never know what they are going to play, which is… Read More ›


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