Since I spent the weekend grumpily working on taxes, this will be a fairly truncated roundup, but I hope it will catch most of the big stuff. If you know of something I’ve missed, be sure to add it in the comments section.
First off, mark your calendars for May 11, when Dr. Michael Fazio, MSU’s architectural history professor emeritus, will be speaking at MDAH’s History Is Lunch on the topic “N.W. Overstreet and his mark on Mississippi.” And on May 25, History Is Lunch will feature Edwina Carpenter of the Brice’s Crossroads Museum on the subject “Saving a Battlefield: The Preservation of Brices Crossroads.” Both of these events take place at noon in the Winter Archives & History Building in downtown Jackson and are on the MissPres calendar, along with other goings-on of interest to Mississippi preservationists.
Another MDAH event is taking place this week, the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Eudora Welty House. According to the MDAH website:
The Eudora Welty House and Garden will offer free tours and public programs beginning Saturday, April 9, and running through Friday, April 15, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the site’s opening.
At 10 a.m. on April 9, Welty friend and museum curator Patti Carr Black will kick off the new Second Saturday hours for the EWHG with a behind-the-scenes talk about developing the 1995 exhibit Other Places, a collection of Welty’s photographs on display in the Education and Visitors Center. . . .
On April 13, Welty’s birthday, there will be cake and lemonade on the side porch all day. On April 14 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. there will be a pop-up art show featuring mosaic artist Teresa Haygood, ceramicist Summer Nation, woodworker Ryan Pierce, wood block artist Laurin Stennis, and painters Hannah McCormick and Ginger Williams-Cook. Each artist will interpret some aspect of Welty’s life, and the art will be for sale through April 15. On April 15, from noon to 6 p.m. the annual spring plant sale will feature divisions of daylilies taken directly from Welty’s garden and include Siberian irises and other perennials Welty planted in her garden. A family picnic begins at 5 p.m. in the garden.
Senator Roger Wicker wrote a strongly pro-preservation opinion piece that appeared in the Daily Journal, “Celebrating the preservation of iconic landmarks.” In it, he celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act:
Fifty years ago, a pivotal piece of legislation known as the “National Historic Preservation Act” became law, inspiring a national effort for preserving culturally and historically significant places. Among the law’s initiatives was the establishment of the National Register of Historic Places and the list of National Historic Landmarks. Today, Mississippi is home to more than 1,400 places on the National Register and 38 National Historic Landmarks.
Last year, I led a letter from Mississippi’s entire congressional delegation to the National Park Service calling for the addition of our state Capitol to the National Historic Landmark list.
Other congressional efforts have been successful in ensuring that our state’s historic sites are protected. During the last Congress, I introduced a bill with Sen. Thad Cochran to add 10,000 acres to the Vicksburg National Military Park, including battlefield sites in Claiborne and Hinds counties. Our measure was signed into law as part of the defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2015.
Each week, I try to feature Mississippi locations with interesting stories and history on my Instagram account, using the #MississippiMonday hashtag. The National Park Service has also launched a social media campaign to accompany the 50th anniversary of the “National Historic Preservation Act.” With the hashtags #50for50 and #Preservation50, preservation work will be featured from a different state each week. Mississippi is scheduled to be highlighted during the week of April 26.
The home of Civil Rights activist Amzie Moore in Cleveland, a Minimal Traditional brick house built in 1941, was opened the last week of March after several years of restoration work. You can see pre-restoration photos on the MDAH Historic Resources Database.
And finally, another Facebook post (this is what happens when you spend all weekend on your computer trying to avoid doing taxes), this one from the Museum of Mississippi History. Just in case you have any of these items in your closet or attic or garage (you probably should get a letter of amnesty if you have an old street sign, just to be safe), you may want to donate them for the new Museum of Mississippi History:
MDAH is still looking for some items to enhance the Museum of Mississippi History exhibits.
If you have anything you’d like to consider donating, please contact Cindy Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-576-6901.
• Drop leaf kitchen table, no greater than 48” wide
• Tin “pie plate wall sconces” from the 1700s or quality reproductions
• Primitive dinner table that could date to the 1700s or quality reproduction
• Kitchen table, ca 1870-1900 or quality reproduction
• Woven rag carpet, 60”square
• Bench or table from 1920s
• WWI Army boots
• WWI style Army cot
• WWI Army blanket
• Wood ladder from the 1930s
• Stickball Jersey
• Old Street signs
• Church pews
• Auditorium seating
• “On Air” sign
Categories: African American History, Civil Rights, Cleveland, Jackson, MS Dept. of Archives and History, National Register, News Roundups, Preservation Education, Preservation People/Events, Renovation Projects