In case you’ve missed the announcements, Lost Churches of Mississippi, a book that I’m sure most of you will want to add to your library has just come out in the last week. Published by University Press of Mississippi, the book’s author, Richard Cawthon, has contributed text for two previous books–Victorian Houses of Mississippi and Historic Churches of Mississippi. (You may remember a discussion of the earlier churches book in last fall’s “Speaking of Churches” here on MissPres.)
According to the University Press website:
In Lost Churches of Mississippi, architectural historian Richard J. Cawthon reclaims such noteworthy temples as the old St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Vicksburg, Bethel Presbyterian Church near Columbus, the old Trinity Episcopal Church in Pass Christian, and the old First Presbyterian Church in Yazoo City.The book includes 180 distinctive black-and-white illustrations from several historical archives and other collections that represent over fifty towns and cities throughout the state. Cawthon discusses the architectural features and historical background of each house of worship and provides a brief introduction that illuminates the study of lost buildings. The book also features a glossary of architectural terms and an annotated bibliography.
Cawthon will be holding several book signings–noted on the UPM site–including one today at Jackson’s Lemuria Books. I’ve added this and the others to the MissPres calendar for your convenience. See y’all there!