More Ways to be a Preservationist this Spring

April is always a busy month of historic house tours in Mississippi, but this year seems especially full of interesting events. These two recently popped up in my Facebook newsfeed. They’re back-to-back at the end of the month, so if you have the energy, you could catch both! Both of these preservation projects have been undertaken by private groups that have rolled up their sleeves and gotten busy. They both need your support, whether it is financial or in labor or time or expertise. Jump in!

From the Friends of the Mississippi River Basin Model Facebook page:

The non-profit, Friends of Mississippi River Basin Model, is hosting a tour and educational event at Buddy Butts Park in Jackson, MS April 28th from 9 am to 11 am. This park is home to the largest and most encompassing physical model in the world. Some call it the most successful experiment in hydraulic engineering ever constructed, the Mississippi River Basin Model.

The Mississippi River Basin Model is historically significant because of the role WWII POW’s played in construction, the discoveries and advancement it brought about in the world of hydraulic engineering, and for the impacts on flood control structures stretching from the Dakotas in the north to Louisiana in the south. The Mississippi River Basin model located in Jackson, MS is a scale replica of the Mississippi River Basin. The model was constructed from 1943 to 1966 by the Army Corps of Engineers to study the hydraulics of the Mississippi River, and review impacts of construction of hydraulic structures both upstream and downstream along its banks.

We are very excited about this upcoming event. The event will include a walking tour of the model, exhibits and discussion on Camp Clinton, and a presentation on the renovation and preservation efforts. This program is financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council. We would like to invite you to our event and thank you for your support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

We appreciate any support and sincerely hope that you will be able to join us.

And from the Prospect Hill Plantation Facebook page:

Join us for a family and friends get together to show off and bless our new roof, to dedicate new monuments, to eat, drink and just be merry! We’ll add details as they become available.

How long has MissPres been watching Prospect Hill? Since the beginning . . .






Categories: Jackson, Preservation People/Events, Renovation Projects


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