FROM MDAH NEW RELEASES – A $12,500 grant from the Billups-Garth Foundation and contributions from dozens of individual donors will help fund the conservation and exhibition of one of the department’s rarest and most significant artifacts. The nearly two-hundred-year-old 20-Star United States flag was transported to specialists in West Virginia in January to undergo cleaning and stabilization that could take up to eighteen months.
In this photograph from 2001, then-director of the Department of Archives and History Elbert R. Hilliard discusses the recently acquired 20-Star United States flag with former Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History director Donna Bailey Dye.
The historic banner has been adopted as a symbol of Mississippi’s bicentennial celebration in 2017. Acquired by the department in 2001, the gauze flag’s fragile condition was evidence that it had flown aboard a ship. Its frayed edges and numerous holes throughout the blue canton and red-and-white striped field prevented its public display.
Textile Preservation Associates, experts who recently conserved the 11th Mississippi Cavalry Civil War flag for MDAH, will humidify the six-by-ten-foot banner to release dirt from the fabric and meticulously vacuum it. Finally, the flag will be flattened and mounted into a frame to protect the nearly two-century-old textile and allow it to be displayed upright. Continue reading
FROM MDAH NEWS RELEASES–Mississippi officials, civil rights leaders and school children broke ground today on the landmark Museum of Mississippi History and the first Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
From left, Entergy Mississippi president Haley Fisackerly, former Governor Haley Barbour, Governor Phil Bryant, state NAACP president Derrick Johnson, former NAACP chair Myrlie Evers, former Governor William Winter, and former state Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson were part of more than fifty people who broke ground on the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in downtown Jackson on October 24.
“Mississippi has a rich history. Thanks to these two museums, generations to follow will see and hear those stories,” said Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, adding, “They will see that Mississippi is much more about the future than the past.” Continue reading
FROM MDAH NEWS RELEASES–Governor Phil Bryant and other elected officials, civil rights leader Myrlie Evers and other movement veterans, children and teachers, and volunteers from across the state will lift shovels to break ground on the 2 Mississippi Museums project—the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—on Thursday, October 24, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to a historic day of festivities that will feature music, food, fun, and children’s activities. The groundbreaking will be held at 200 North Street in downtown Jackson. Continue reading
FROM MDAH NEWS RELEASES–MDAH has received a $274,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize 100,000 pages of Mississippi newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). The department will partner with Louisiana State University Libraries Special Collections on the project. Continue reading
The annual meeting of the Foundation for Mississippi History will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013, in the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St., in downtown Jackson).
Nominations for the Capers, Carr Black, and Welty Awards, given every other year, are due by February 28, 2013. These three awards recognize excellence in the preservation, interpretation, and presentation of Mississippi history.
In 2007 the Foundation for Mississippi History received a contribution to establish achievement awards in honor of Patti Carr Black and in memory of Eudora Welty and Charlotte Capers. After the nomination period is complete, recipients are reviewed by the board of trustees of the Department of Archives and History and the award winners are selected at their April board meeting. The 2013 Capers-Carr Black-Welty Awards each carry a $300 cash prize.
MDAH Press Release – The 2013 meeting of the Mississippi Historical Society will be February 28-March 2, 2013, in Vicksburg. Every year the society awards prizes for outstanding work in interpreting, teaching, and preserving Mississippi history, including the award for best history teacher.