Sunday, February 27, 2005

Tupelo to Study Historic Preservation

There's a historic preservation ordinance proposed for Tupelo. The city council is studying it.

Genealogy Cruise

Wholly Genes Software which manufactures The Master Genealogist software used by most genealogical professionals is sponsoring a Caribbean genealogy cruise. The speaker lineup includes Elizabeth Shown Mills, Dick Eastman, and Cyndi Howells.

New Historical Marker

Vernon Dahmer, a Forrest County civil rights leader who was murdered in 1966, now has an historical marker erected in his memory.

Update: Although it is basically the same article, there are some additional photos here.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Black Churches

A look at some of Jackson's oldest black churches. Also a look at the chapel on the campus of Tougaloo College.

Bethlehem Baptist Church - Choctaw County

One of the oldest, if not the oldest, church in Choctaw County is Bethlehem Baptist.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Okolona Cemetery & National Geographic

Okolona's Confederate Cemetery is getting the National Geographic Traveler treatment. It will be featured in the April issue.

Adath Israel Temple

Cleveland's Adath Israel Temple will soon have its own historical marker.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Raymond Civil War Battlefield

Many are championing this battlefield's inclusion in a "most endangered" list. The battlefield played an important part in the Vicksburg campaign.

Update: More here.

Voices of Civil Rights

4000 first-hand accounts of the civil rights movement, including many Mississippi stories, will be donated to the Library of Congress.

Update: More here. [Free online registration required.]

Flood of 1927

Greeneville area residents recall the historic Mississippi River flood.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Verandah-Curlee House Museum

Corinth is hoping some banners will boost tourism to the historic Civil War home.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

1885 Mississippi Atlas

Bob Franks has put up Cram's 1885 Atlas for the state of Mississippi. This is a great research tool!

To Raze or Not to Raze?

Tupelo's oldest African-American church is the center of controversy as some members want to tear down the building to build a larger facility and others want the historic structure preserved.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Between Two Worlds

Natchez is hosting a seminar this week called "Between Two Worlds: Free Blacks in the Antebellum South."

Corinth's Black History Museum

Opened in July 2003, the museum has had over 2000 visitors.

Olive Branch Rotary - 100 Years

As the Rotary Club turns 100, take a look at some of the accomplishments of the Olive Branch club. [Free registration required]

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Using the Internet in Genealogical Research

Today's Clarion Ledger features a great article on the topic.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Sullivan's Hollow

Sullivan's Hollow is a community near Mize in Smith County.

Holly Springs Pilgrimage

A set of walking tour markers commemorating Van Dorn's raid will be unveiled this year.

Cemetery Cleanup

Greenwood has allocated $10,000 to clean up two cemeteries--Good Shepherd & Magnolia. They are taking bids for the project.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Mississippi Genealogy Seminar in Brandon

. . . on April 16, 2005. Details here.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Clowning Around for 50 Years

Tunica born Lecile Harris has been doing just that.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Choctaws Fight Stereotypes

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has launched an ad campaign to combat some stereotypes about the tribe's heritage.

Ocean Springs Man Explores Louisiana Roots

Ira Brown Harkey has traced his Levert family roots back into Louisiana.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Goat Castle

Read the story of Natchez's most haunted place,

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Slave Narratives Available Online

They are part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration.

Holly Springs Ladies Want to Preserve Church

The members of the Town and Country Garden Club of Holly Springs have requested the lease of an 1837 church building to the club so that they can undertake a preservation project

Calhoun City Seeks Stories and Photos

Calhoun City is preparing for its centennial. The committee is seeking photographs and stories about the the city's residents and the city's history.

Bethsalem Presbyterian Church - Choctaw County

This week's featured church is Bethsalem Presbyterian Church. The church was formed in 1839 in what was then Winston County.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Isaiah T. Montgomery Studies Project

Isaiah T. Montgomery was the only black delegate to Mississippi's 1890 Constitutional Convention. He was a co-founder of Mound Bayou in Bolivar County. A new project has been launched to study this important figure in Mississippi's history.

Preserving Memories

If you are in the Picayune area on Sunday, you might want to make plans to attend a workshop on preserving memories sponsored by the Friends of Crosby Library.

Pascagoula Mural

A new mural depicts the history of the city of Pascagoula.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005


Lots of new items are going online at Rankin County MSGenWeb. One of the new items is an early history of Pelahatchie.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Meridian & The Civil War

[Free online registration required.] Meridian is hosting a Civil War Symposium. Meridian only had a small skirmish during the war.

Update: More here.

Congressman Wicker Helps Pass History Academy Legislation

Congressman Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) were instrumental in getting legislation passed to fund history academies.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Vicksburg Book

Michael Ballard, an Ackerman native, has penned Vicksburg: The Campaign That Opened the Mississippi. The book was published last fall by University Press of Mississippi.

Beulah Baptist Church

The Choctaw County church histories continue with this week's installment . . . Beulah Baptist Church.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Morgan Freeman

. . . has been added to the Leflore County Honor Roll.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Levee System

For an interesting history of the levee system, check out the Issaquena Genealogy and History Project.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

114 Years

Bettie Rutherford Wilson recalls her 114 years.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Mississippi Medicine

The Mississippi Historical Society's annual meeting will focus on medicine this year. The dates are March 3-5, 2005, and it will be held in Jackson. The theme is "Transforming Medicine in Twentieth-Century Mississippi."