A colleague showed me a nice little brochure yesterday for the Carrollton Pilgrimage and I wanted to make sure all MissPres readers got the news right away so you could plan ahead. Seems that for the first time maybe in 20 years, Carrollton is going to put on a big open house and is inviting us all to come. Check out their site at VisitCarrolltonMS.com and mark your calendars for October 2-4. Carrollton is a town unlike any other in Mississippi: it will make you feel like you’ve stepped back into the 19th century, with its little courthouse square surrounded by small one-story commercial buildings, some frame some brick, and its beautiful Greek Revival, Italianate, and other Victorian style houses tucked away on winding little side streets. This is an opportunity to peak inside those houses and churches, and it doesn’t come along very often.
Millsaps Heritage Classes
Once again Millsaps College here in Jackson is offering its Community Enrichment Series, and several classes that may appeal to the preservationists and architecture buffs amongst us are included. I’ve placed all of the following classes on the ever-growing MissPres Calendar, which is always available for you to access, night and day, every day of the week, simply by clicking on the little link at the top left of this blog:
This new course will be a detailed discussion of the architectural history of the state of Mississippi. Beginning with the earliest surviving structures of the first permanent inhabitants, 1699-1800, the instructor will follow that with the arrival of high style architecture, 1800-1875. Next, he will discuss the years during which Mississippi moved toward the mainstream, 1875-1945. The last lecture will focus on Mississippi’s participation in the modern movement in American architecture since World War II. A brief discussion of the historic preservation movement and where it is today in Mississippi will also be included.
Please note: There will be a $10 materials fee, which is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting. 0.8 CEU for teachers is available for full attendance of this class. An additional $10 will be charged for the CEU certificate when the class ends.
Cost: $50 (plus $10 materials fee); Tues., September 29 – October 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; 4 weeks.
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Symbolism & Architecture in Mississippi Cemeteries
Historic cemeteries are a treasure trove of symbolism and architecture. The first part of the session will take place in the classroom after which participants will take the short drive to historic Greenwood Cemetery. The final resting place of Eudora Welty and many other notable figures is a great setting for this informative class.
Please note: Participants will meet at Millsaps for a Powerpoint presentation and then visit historic Greenwood Cemetery
Cost: $30; Sat., November 7, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.; 1 class meeting.
Instructor: Tricia Nelson-Easley
Looking for a unique and memorable gift? What about compiling your own family tree that your loved ones will treasure for years to come? Anne Webster’s genealogy class will give you the basic tools to gather this information. This course will meet both at Millsaps College and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History building. The sessions at the College will introduce basic sources, ie., census data, death records, newspapers, etc. County records and military records (both Civil War and World War I) will also be discussed. the classes meeting at the state archives will include hands-on instruction for the student to learn how to actually use these records.
Cost: $75; Mon., October 12 and 19 (at Millsaps), 6:00-7:30 p.m., and Sat., October 17 and 24 (at the Archives), 9:00-10:30 a.m.; 4 class meetings.
Instructor: Anne L. Webster
There’s also a few other classes there that some of ya’ll might find helpful, such as “Enhancing Your Professional Image” and “Growing a Healthy Lifestyle and Indoor Plants”–I name no names, you know who you are.
You might also be wondering why I, a serious-as-a-heart-attack alleged architectural historian might have included a class on genealogy in amongst the architecture-related classes. Well, we all know genealogists who hold you prisoner for an hour telling you their family history to the 12th generation, but we should admit that most geneaologists know more than we do about how to find who was who and how to search through the intracacies of the census, and those are skills I have come to respect and try to gain as I’ve attempted to piece together who was the original owner of a particular property, what they did, who they were related to, etc.