Fall Happenings

Admittedly it doesn’t seem very much like fall yet, except for a few coolish evenings, but it is time to start planning ahead for courses to help grow in your knowledge of Mississippi architecture (and maybe help you win your own Name This Place contest) or weekend trips to the many interesting and historic places in our state once the cool comes. As that Mississippi philosopher Jimmy Buffett states, “You and I, we can’t change the weather, but we’re all in this together, so let the strong winds blow.”

As usual, all the following events have been placed on the MissPres calendar, for those of us who find it easier to visualize our lives with a calendar in front of us. You can always easily access the calendar from the link on the top tab below the blog header.


Millsaps College is once again offering several architecture and/or preservation-related courses as part of its Fall Community Enrichment program.

Architectural History of Mississippi

Join Todd Sanders as he presents a detailed discussion of the architectural history of the state of Mississippi.  Beginning with the years 1699-1800 and the oldest surviving structures of the first permanent inhabitants, the instructor will progress to the years 1800-1875 and the arrival of high style architecture.  Next, he will discuss the years 1875-1945 when Mississippi moved toward the mainstream.  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 an optional $15 materials fee, which is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting. 0.8 CEU for teachers is available for full attendance at this class. An additional $10 will be charged for the CEU certificate when the class ends.

Cost:  $60; Tues., Sept. 21-Oct. 12; 6:00-8:00 p.m.; 4 weeks.

Mississippi’s Antebellum Architecture: More Than Just Big, White Columns

This class will cover the architecture of Mississippi from its earliest manmade structures through the architecture of the Antebellum Period (roughly that time between the end of the Mexican American War, circa 1848, and the beginning of the Civil War in 1861) and ending with the buildings constructed right after the end of the war. While this class will cover the great mansions, churches, courthouses and other grand public buildings that most architecture aficionados are familiar with, much time will be spent going deeper into the architecture of this period to discuss buildings that often get ignored like schools, industrial buildings, and commercial buildings, as well as the houses of the middle class. As part of this discussion, the question will be asked “Why did some of these buildings survive and others not?” While the answer to this question is in some cases obvious such as “It was burned during the war” or burned later or destroyed by a hurricane, tornado or other “act of God”, many were intentionally destroyed while others, equally old, elegant and significant, were carefully preserved. It will be discovered that the architecture of Mississippi before the war was much more vibrant, varied and complicated than the “Moonlight and Magnolias” myth would have one believe. Also equally complicated is the struggle to preserve what survives and to document what is gone.

Please note:  There will be an optional $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting. 0.8 CEU for teachers is available for full attendance at this class. An additional $10 will be charged for the CEU certificate when the class ends.

Cost:  $60 (plus $10 materials fee); Wed., Sept. 22 – Oct. 13; 6:00-8:00 p.m.; 4 weeks.

“Hands-On” Genealogy-A Course for Beginners Researching Their Mississippi Roots

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 at both Millsaps College and at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History building. The sessions at the College will introduce basic sources, i.e., 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., Sept. 20 & 27 (at Millsaps), 6:00-7:30 p.m., and Sat., Sept. 25 & Oct. 2 (at the Archives), 9:00-10:30 a.m.; 4 class meetings.

Don’t forget Fall Pilgrimages. I’ve only found two, fall not being as popular for pilgrimages as spring is. If you know of one or more that I’ve missed, pass that information to me and I’ll post it.

Natchez: October 1-15
Carrollton: October 1-3–As you may recall, I attended the Carrollton Pilgrimage last year and didn’t get to see everything. Unfortunately, it looks like I’m going to be out of town this year, but I do highly recommend it if you have a day or two free. It’s an easy day trip from most of the state north of Jackson and it’s a town that doesn’t always have a pilgrimage, so this may be your only chance for a while.

Thanks to Prof. Bob Brzuszek for sending along information about a symposium on historic landscape design at MSU:

Landscape and gardening enthusiasts who want to learn about historic gardens of the South should attend Mississippi State University’s 55th annual Edward C. Martin Jr. Landscape Design Symposium on Oct. 20, 2010. This year’s theme concerns gardens and historic plants and landscapes of the Antebellum South.

The symposium begins at 9:00 a.m. with MSU department of landscape architecture associate professor and symposium chairman, Bob Brzuszek, with a narrative on the Southern U.S. regional ecology and its contribution to sense of place.

At 9:30 a.m., guest speaker Jim Cothran from Atlanta, Georgia will present on the Gardens and Historic Plants of the Antebellum South. Mr. Cothran is author of two award-winning books, Gardens of Historic Charleston and Gardens and Historic Plants of the Antebellum South. Mr. Cothran will also present a second lecture on small space gardening.

MSU landscape architecture assistant professor Michael Seymour will present on the historic layouts of Mississippi’s town squares. By using historic photographs and maps, Mr. Seymour was able to document the patterns of vegetation, circulation, structures, fencing and furnishing of the period. Seymour mentions that “this important research helps communities in Mississippi to value and preserve their town layouts and patterns.”

The symposium will be in the Bost Center auditorium. Pre-registration is $20 by Oct. 15 and $25 at the door the day of the event. Forms are online at http://www.lalc.msstate.edu/events/index.php?event=717. Contact Debbie Whitfield at 662-325-4554 or by email for registration or more information.

Categories: Historic Preservation, Preservation Education, Preservation People/Events

2 replies

  1. Not a pilgrimage nor a strictly preservation related event, but Woodville’s Deer & Wildlife Festival is Saturday, October 9th. It takes place in the Courthouse Square, which is in the middle of a nice historic district. As I understand it from the Main Street group, some of the houses like Rosemont will also be open for tours as well. http://www.deerandwildlifefestival.com


  2. Columbus once again has a Fall Tour of Homes running from October 1-3. Amzi Love, Bryn Bella, T. O. Burris House (The Painted Lady of Columbus Bed & Breakfast), Jackie O’ House, Rosedale, Rosewood Manor, Shadowlawn, Stephen D. Lee Home and Museum, Summer Time Cottage, Temple Heights, Waverly, White Arches, and Whitehall are on the tour this year. For more information follow this link to the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau: http://www.columbus-ms.info/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=440&Itemid=117

    There is also the 2010 Columbus, Mississippi Decorative Arts & Preservation Forum and Antiques Show & Sale from November 4-7. Information on that can also be found at the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau website.


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