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MissPres News Roundup 5-22-2018

Even thought it doesn’t look inviting, let’s jump right into today’s roundup.  It is to hot already for this much bad news.  To hopefully put everyone in a better mood, I’ve decided to share the bad news first and end with the good news stories.

MissPres News Roundup 5-14-2018

Let’s jump right into today’s roundup. Starting in Tupelo,  there is news of new Historic District zoning.   The district would include a small portion of the Downtown Tupelo National Register Historic District, and link the downtown district to the Highland… Read More ›

New Deal in Magee: School Buildings

One of the New Deal projects that gets less recognition is the Civil Works Administration, a job creation program established under the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, active in providing temporary employment for manual laborers between 1933-1934.  Using standard Mississippi Department… Read More ›

MHT’s Preservation Toolkit

From our friends at the Mississippi Heritage Trust comes an announcement of upcoming workshops from one end of the state to the other: Bay St. Louis, Clarksdale,  Cleveland, Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Oxford, Pascagoula, aaaaand–whew!–Tupelo.

Magee Community House: WPA or not?

Mississippi can document a number of community houses constructed under the auspices of the New Deal Administration, including FERA (Pontotoc and Macon) and WPA (Winona, Biloxi, Carrollton, Enterprise, Grenada, and Eupora).  Additionally, at least 6 other facilities are conjectured to… Read More ›

MDAH Announces 2018 CLG Grants

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has awarded grants totaling more than $63,000 to ten preservation projects in Certified Local Government (CLG) communities across the state. Amounts range from $1,250 for the development of an interactive website that interprets Boonville’s historic district to $12,500 to continue the rehabilitation of the Weinberg House in Greenville.

The Friday Place

From the West Point, Mississippi Court Street Historic District National Register nomination… 307 E. Westbrook Street. Vernacular Italianate. One-and-a-half-story, saltbox, gable-roof, stuccoed masonry and stuccoed frame residence: full-width hip-roof porch supported on Tuscan columns; Greek Revival tripartite entrance; attic story windows… Read More ›

Before and After: MinTrads in Belhaven, 1940

These non-flashy houses are solid and fiscally responsible (which is very important to me and, I’m told, Tate Reeves) and have all the amenities I love in old houses, like conventional foundations, porches, wood floors, solid doors, and wood windows, along with original modern conveniences such as a decent-sized kitchen and nicely tiled bathrooms.

Mississippi’s Best Buildings of 1972

This post is a follow up to a post from a few weeks back that stimulated quite a bit of conversation about appreciation of architecture from the late 1960s and early 1970s that are now reaching the golden fifty-year mark that buildings can be considered for listing on the National Register. The buildings in today’s post are less than five years from reaching their fiftieth birthday.  

Happy Easter AD 2018

From the historic marker: DR. KING VISITS LAUREL On March 19, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke here at St. Paul Methodist Church to rally support for the Poor People’s March on Washington against economic injustice. King told the… Read More ›