On Thursday, October 22, the Mississippi Heritage Trust will announce the 10th list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi at the Lowry House in Jackson, once endangered and now undergoing an extensive restoration. The Mississippi Heritage Trust is proud to announce that Governor William F. Winter, Elbert Hilliard and Ken P’Pool will serve as honorary chairmen for this year’s program. Through their leadership at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and steadfast commitment to saving important historic resources, these three men have helped to create a culture of preservation in Mississippi.
The Lowry House will be transformed into an interactive exhibit telling the story of the fate of the 100 places that have been listed as endangered since 1999. Celebrating tremendous preservation victories like the the Cutrer Mansion in Clarksdale, the King Edward Hotel in Jackson, the L.Q.C. Lamar House in Oxford, the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs and the Tippah County Jail in Ripley, visitors will learn about heroic efforts of communities to save their treasured historic places. The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi exhibit will be on display at the Lowry House through December.
Guests will explore the exhibit while enjoying delicious refreshments, courtesy of For Heaven’s Cakes and Sugaree’s Bakery, and sipping on a Whiskey Smash from the Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs or sampling suds from Yalobusha Brewery and Lazy Magnolia Brewery. Swing de Paris will set the mood with soulful tunes while preservationists from around the state catch up on places that have been saved and places that need some help.
Artists Anthony DiFatta, William Goodman, Josh Hailey, Curtis Jaunsen, Briar Jones, Spence Kellum, Ellen Langford, Bob Neal, H.C. Porter, Malcolm White, Ginger Williams and Wyatt Waters have shared their talent to depict the endangered places for 2015. These one-of-a-kind works of art will be part of a silent auction that also features get-away vacations to some of Mississippi’s special historic places.
This year’s 10 Most program is made possible through the support of BankPlus and many longtime supporters of preservation, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Humanities Council. Heading up the event committee are Stella Gray Sykes, former director of the Mississippi Heritage Trust, and Brad Reeves, former president of the Mississippi Heritage Trust Board of Trustees.
Tickets to the event are $50 and can be purchased at www.ms10most.com.
To schedule your group tour of the 10 Most exhibit at the Lowry House, please call 601-354-0200 or email Sally Birdsall at firstname.lastname@example.org.