While lounging around on vacation last week, and when not sitting on the white sandy beaches (NO OIL!!) of Northwest Florida (this has been a non-paid advertisement for the Gulf Coast tourism industry), I had a chance to catch up on some new internet sites that might of interest to avid MissPresers and non-avid MissPresers alike.
First, the joint Greenville/Washington County Historic Preservation Commission has gotten its new website up and running, and it’s becoming one of my favorites. In addition to a snazzy but easy-to-navigate design, the site contains lots of information about historic sites in Greenville and the rest of the county. This joint commission, which I think is the first of its kind in the state, is not that old, but they’ve already done a lot of work to gather good photos and relevant information for each National Register-listed site, along with other historic but not necessarily listed buildings that might be of interest.
Since I’m a fan of transparency in government and especially in preservation, I especially love that the commission is using this site to publish its minutes for each meeting–I wish all city/county/state/federal/etc. commissions would do the same. They even have a picture of their commission–isn’t that a great way to bring the humanity back to preservation?
Check out the site at http://www.jgwchpc.com, and I’ve added that to the Mississippi Preservation Organizations list over on the right side of this blog so you can come back to it when you need to.
It looks like the Mississippi Department of Archives and History has put its toe in the blogging waters, as its home page announces its new blog “A Sense of Place.” It’s called a “Collections Blog” so I’m not sure whether it will deal much or at all with preservation–we shall see. This is what the blog says about itself:
Welcome to “A Sense of Place,” the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s new blog, where we will explore historic documents, photographs, artifacts, and sites that tell the story of our state.
On some days the blog will highlight specific dates and events in Mississippi history. At other times we will present an interesting item from the collection. Check back regularly and explore the rich history of Mississippi with us.
You can subscribe by either e-mail or RSS feed, so we’ll have to keep an eye out for any tidbits that might be of interest to MissPresers.
Next, my wish would be for MDAH to add a minutes feature to its site like the Greenville/Washington County folks have–it would be interesting and informative, I’m sure, to read the minutes of the MDAH Board of Trustees and see all the preservation issues they deal with.