Events for Deep Mid-Winter

Now that we’ve exited the holidays and have entered what passes for deep mid-winter in Mississippi, here are a few events to liven up the next couple of months. Obviously, none of us can go to all these interesting classes and lectures, but maybe this year most of us can go to at least one. Which one will it be? To help y’all get your schedules in order, I’ve placed all of these events on the MissPres calendar. Let me know if I’ve missed something.

Next week’s History Is Lunch program at the archives building in downtown Jackson may be of interest:

Wednesday, January 12
Noon–1 p.m.
William F. Winter Archives and History Building
200 North Street, Jackson

Architectural historian Jennifer Baughn presents “From Emancipation to Equalization: Mississippi’s African American School Buildings”

Once dotting the landscape and numbering in the thousands, Mississippi’s African American school buildings demonstrate the complex but unequal relationship between whites and blacks in the one hundred years following Emancipation. While making great strides in rural school buildings through the Rosenwald program of the 1910s and 1920s, black schools continued to fall further behind through the Depression and post-World War II period. This disparity led to the radical consolidation and equalization strategies of the 1950s, when Mississippi’s leaders dramatically altered the educational landscape of the state in an effort to combat integration.

Jennifer Baughn is chief architectural historian in the Historic
Preservation Division at MDAH. This talk is based on a survey of historic schools in Mississippi she began in 1999.

Bring your lunch.
Parking available across the street behind Old Capitol Museum
More information: 601-576-6998

A blurb about a later History Is Lunch, in March, also sounds intriguing:

Wednesday, March 23: Former secretary of state Dick Molpus talks about the restored buildings of the lumber camp at Bonhomie, near Hattiesburg, as well as adaptive reuse of historic buildings in Jackson.

As usual, Millsaps College is offering several classes that might appeal to MissPresers:

Mississippi Architectural History

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 (plus optional $15 materials fee); Tues., Jan. 25 – Feb. 15; 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 optional $15 materials fee); Wed., Jan. 26 – Feb. 16; 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., Feb. 14 & 21 (at Millsaps), 6:00-7:30 p.m., and Sat., Feb. 19 & 26 (at the Archives), 9:00-10:30 a.m.; 4 class meetings.


Mississippi: From Frontier to Flush Times

Take a journey through Mississippi’s formative years when the region was transformed from a territory on the edge of the frontier to the twentieth state in the Union. The first of two sessions provides an overview of Mississippi History from 1800-1840: the establishment and development of government, divisive factional politics, war on the frontier, the removal of Native Americans, and the illustrious “Flush Times” of Mississippi when cotton became king. The second session focuses on the Creek War and the War of 1812, conflicts that dramatically altered the landscape of the Gulf South. Class attendees will also be given a tour of Mississippi’s most historic building, the recently restored Old Capitol which was built in 1839.

Cost: $40; Mon., Jan. 24 – Jan. 31; 6:00-7:30 p.m.; 2 wks. Tour date TBA.

And if you’re in the mood to just get out and about for a while, head down to New Orleans for one or both of these lectures:

The Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society (I don’t see a website, but click here for the poster) will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at, appropriately enough, the Louisiana Supreme Court, 400 Royal Street, beginning with the meeting at 6 PM, a lecture by Robert Cangelosi, Jr. of Koch & Wilson Architects, about the early 20th century history of the French Quarter and the building of the New Orleans Courthouse. A reception will follow at the Supreme Court Museum where the Louisiana Museum’s exhibit on the New Orleans Courthouse is on display.

And on Thursday, January 27, the Preservation Resource Center will host “Architecture 101, beginning with a cash bar (because it’s New Orleans) at 6 PM and a lecture at 6:30:

Speaker: Peter Trapolin, partner at Trapolin Peer Architects
This exclusive event for PRC members will provide an overview of historic New Orleans architectural types and styles. This lecture will give PRC members a new understanding of the vernacular architecture that makes New Orleans so unique.

Categories: Preservation People/Events

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