Today is the start of Columbus’s two-week long Spring Pilgrimage. This makes it the opportune time to look back at the Pilgrimage, in fact, all the way back to the first one, in 1940. The “Program and Historical Facts” book published… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 3-28-2016
The biggest preservation news this week comes from the Legislature, where lawmakers are debating renewal of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit, which provides a tax credit for rehabilitation of National Register-listed properties amounting to 25% of the cost of renovation…. Read More ›
Traveling with The Green Book in Mississippi: First stop, Queen City Hotel in Columbus
Victor H. Green, Editor and Publisher, introduced the Green Book in 1936 as a local publication for the New York City area. “Motoring” for leisure was catching on, but Green, as an African American businessman from New York City, was… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 2-15-2016
News about historic places from the Gulf Coast to Northeast Mississippi and beyond.
Mississippi Streets: 1940s Columbus
——————————- See other Mississippi Streets: 1920s Yazoo City 1910s Vicksburg 1950s New Albany 1960s Meridian 1930s Camp Shelby 1950s Pascagoula 1960s Neshoba County Fair Drew 1937 Tupelo 1936 Vicksburg 1936 1940s Gulfport
Happy Hanukkah Y’all! 2015
Looking back at Hanukkahs past, before looking forward…. Hanukkah 2014 and Chris Risher’s beautiful temple both celebrated the Temple Beth Israel in Meridian. For Hanukkah in 2012 we looked at not only some of the historic sacred places across the state, but also at buildings… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 10-5-2015
Well, at our last news roundup, times were good in Mississippi football. This time around, not so much. You win some, you lose some, but as we know in preservation, you must get back on your feet, adjust your helmet, and… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 9-21-2015
In addition to the bad news about the Port Gibson fire and the great news about the Threefoot Building last week, here are a few more news stories from the past week to help you get back on your feet after this… Read More ›
Vacation Postcards: Columbus Tourist Court
MissPres is on vacation this week, but we’re sending postcards back from Mississippi’s past. For an alternate view, see http://collections.msdiglib.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/columbus/id/262/rec/11
MissPres News Roundup 4-7-2015
From the Coast to Columbus, from Jackson to the Delta and points in between, preservationists get down and dirty in old barns looking for original windows, fight in the legislature for historic tax credits, and pass on pilgrimage traditions to new preservationists. Read all about it in this week’s News Roundup.
Which Spring Pilgrimage for you?
Whether the weather agrees or not, Spring officially arrives in Mississippi on the day the Natchez Pilgrimage opens, which is this Saturday. Even if you’ve been to one or more of these pilgrimages before, there’s always something new to see,… Read More ›
New Deal in Mississippi: Columbus Post Office and Mural
The Columbus post office (1937-1939) in Lowndes County is another of the federal buildings funded and constructed by the New Deal Administration. In the case of Columbus, the result was a Stripped Classic building, which was described as …largest and… Read More ›
Mississippians with Gas
If you haven’t read last week’s post on Gasometers, this post follows up on that discussion of the hulking, black, iron lungs that eased up and down at all hours of the day and night, depending on gas demand (for lighting, heating & cooking) and the manufacturer’s supply. We pondered what towns had gas works and the mysterious gasometers that were required to store the manufactured gas.
The Last Of The Mississippi Gasometers?
Several years ago Malvaney asked us the question what happened to the street car system that were so prevalent in towns large and small across Mississippi at the turn of the 20th century. These lines not only brought transportation but… Read More ›
Listen Up! Student Art Competition-Forgotten Academy by Abigail Wippel
Forgotten Academy by Abigail Wippel, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, Columbus This drawing shows what Elizabeth Female Academy looks like now and what it would have looked like during its use in the 1800s.
Mississippi Pilgrimage 1974–Columbus
This post is the fourth in a series reprinting the Mississippi Pilgrimage booklet of 1974. See also Natchez Holly Springs
Pilgrimage Time Comes Around
My Japanese magnolia is about to bloom and the daffodils have started to pop out, which means its time to start planning which of the many Spring pilgrimages to attend this year. In the case of Natchez, which begins next… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 5-13-2013
While much of the news around the state this past week was centered around the municipal elections most communities held this week, but we managed to find a good number of preservation stories this week as well. We’ll start off… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 5-6-2013
Happy Preservation Month! A couple of our stories relate to events being held this month – some specifically noting that they are for Preservation Month, others that aren’t, but are still in pretty cool historic places. First up is this… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 4-22-2013
Just because I took a week off from doing a roundup doesn’t mean that the news took a break. Events are still on the calendar – and I hope that in the next round up we get to share a… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 4-8-2013
We’re finally getting more sunny days – and warmer temps – which should encourage more venturing to see our favorite places. While you all are pondering your Spring excursions, here’s the latest news. Starting in the small town of Houston… Read More ›
Spring Pilgrimage 2013 Rolls Around
Spring Pilgrimage time is upon us, and here’s a list of all the known Mississippi home tours, along with a few out-of-state that you might be interested in. Old house and architecture buffs should be first in line for pilgrimage tickets each year.
MissPres News Roundup 1-14-2013
News is still a bit slow in the new year – but we still uncovered enough for our second round up of the year. Starting this week down in Natchez where The Democrat covered the latest push for an oil… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 12-21-12
Yes – it’s Friday and we’re doing a news roundup. No – the world did not end. With the holidays and our annual “Year in Review” posts over the next week or so, we figured we’d do one last roundup… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 11-5-2012
Lots of long faces for fans of Mississippi’s college football programs – but maybe a round-up with good preservation news will help offset the disappointing results of Saturday’s games. Going to start out up in the Northeast part of the… Read More ›
MissPres Architectural Word of the Week: Return
I hope every one has made it through Isaac well. I don’t ever remember a storm lasting nearly so long, and it looks like we might have the spawn of Isaac becoming a Tropical Storm…. but its time for another… Read More ›
MissPres Architectural Word of the Week: Quatrefoil
Time for another MissPres Architectural Word of the Week. As we move right along through the alphabet, you can check out our past words here. This week’s word is a Gothic and Renaissance (both original and revival) architecture staple, but… Read More ›