Sunday, October 30, 2005

1908 Tornado Book

LINK - Lamar County Historical Society has just published a book about the 1908 tornado which struck Purvis. Part of the book was reprinted from a 1909 work. The book costs $10. For information, contact Myrna Lazenby,

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Memorial to James Meredith

LINK - A statue depicting James Meredith, the first African-American student at Ole Miss, is being planned for the campus.

Middle Schoolers Have Fun Learning About History

LINK - Middle school students in Corinth and Alcorn County had some fun learning about history. They watched demonstrations of some of the cultural aspects of older historical periods and got to tour a historic home.

Corinth Pictorial History

You have a few more days to pre-order the Corinth Pictorial History. The deadline has been extended to November 3. Copies are $39.95 per copy and will be delivered in mid-December--just in time for Christmas. The order form is here. [PDF]

Marion County Courthouse

LINK - An article about Marion County's 100 year old courthouse.

Marion County

LINK - A nice article on the work of Marion County Historical Society.

Replacing Photos Lost to Katrina

LINK - Families who have lost treasured family moments in the form of photographs may be in luck if Riley & Riley Photography was present at those special moments. However, the Rileys themselves lost a lot of their own family's photos to Katrina.

Seafood Industry Museum Update

LINK - The crane has arrived at Biloxi's Seafood Industry Museum. They've uncovered an old fresnel lens that they are optimistic about being able to restore. They estimate a 20% loss including some of their larger boats.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Ghostly Tales

LINK - A few Itawamba County ghost stories. If you can't locate your female Itawamba ancestor's grave, you might look for an axe instead.

Churches of the Week

LINK - Mt. Olive Church of God and Mt. Ruth Church of God are both extinct Choctaw County Churches.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Salem United Methodist Church

LINK - Salem UMC is Choctaw County's church of the week.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Turnout Disappointing

LINK - Corinth was disappointed in the turnout for its re-enactment.

Monday, October 17, 2005

WCPC is 50!

LINK - Houston's radio station, WCPC, is celebrating 50 years of broadcasting. It's 50,000 watts strong!

Green's Creek Baptist Celebrates 155 Years

LINK - Green's Creek Baptist Church of Petal is celebrating 155 years.

In Progress Fort Maurepas Replica Destroyed

LINK - A replica of Fort Maurepas that had been in the works since 1971 was destroyed and may never be completed.

Famed Architects' Homes Destroyed by Katrina

LINK - A couple of Ocean Springs homes reputed to have been designed by famed architects Louis Sullivan or Frank Lloyd Wright have been destroyed by Katrina. Read the interesting controversy concerning the designers of these historic dwellings.

Covenant Baptist Church

LINK - Choctaw County's Church series continues with the history of Covenant Baptist Church.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Leader-Call to Publish Katrina Book

The Laurel Leader-Call plans to publish a book entitled Katrina: The Storm that Altered a Nation. They are accepting pre-orders. Books ordered in advance will be $29.95. Books purchased later will be $39.95. For more information, call 601-428-0551.


LINK - It's a bit ironic that Katrina destroyed the Camille memorial. Katrina is now the storm by which all storms will be measured.

Katrina's Impact on Historic Homes

LINK - An overview of damage to Mississippi's historic homes by Hurricane Katrina.

Derma to Celebrate 100 Years

LINK - The town of Derma will celebrate its 100th birthday on November 12. Article includes a brief sketch of the town's early history.

More on the celebration can be found here.

Hogan's Chapel Baptist Church

LINK - Choctaw County's church of the week is Hogan's Chapel Baptist Church.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Little Paper That Could

Link - Bay St. Louis' Sea Coast Echo may have lost its equipment, but the paper is still being published. It was established in 1892.

Diaspora or Gold Rush?

Link - This article examines whether Katrina will result in a diaspora or a gold rush for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. An interesting read!

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Corinth Pictorial History

The Daily Corinthian is accepting pre-orders for a pictorial history of the Corinth area which will be delivered in time for Christmas. Cost is $39.95. A PDF order form is available.

Big Creek Post Office Closes

Link - The Big Creek post office in Calhoun County is closing. The post office was in operation prior to the Civil War and is believed to be more than 150 years old. Big Creek was originally located near the Mt. Tabor area but migrated over the years to its present location.

Lessons from Katrina

Link - Changing patterns of population made Katrina's impact worse. This article offers an interesting comparison:

History is littered with the bones of great cities built in defiance of nature, most prominently the ancient version of Alexandria, Egypt, and its great library and lighthouse. That was another city built in the squishy mouth of a great river. Two millennia later, some truths don't change, said Muir-Woods, who raised the comparison with New Orleans.

Cleveland Depot Library

Link - The Cleveland Depot which now belongs to Bolivar County's library system is getting its own historical marker.