For more than forty years the model trains and town of Possum Ridge have been a holiday tradition delighting both children and adults. The site depicts a typical Mississippi railroad town of the 1940s. In its first year it consisted of a single block of an electrified Main Street with ten buildings, such as a bank, dry goods store, newspaper office, and restaurant.
On Friday, December 7, enjoy free live music, holiday decorations, and traditional treats at the twenty-third annual Christmas by Candlelight Tour. This year seven sites will be open and sporting holiday decorations—the State Capitol, Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, Old Capitol Museum, Manship House Museum, and Eudora Welty House and Garden, plus the new Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
The Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum are partnering with the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mississippi Veterans Affairs, and Mississippi War Veterans Memorial Commission to honor Mississippians who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces. The event begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 9, in the Nancy and Ray Neilsen Hall of History at the Two Mississippi Museums.
Using primary sources in the State Archives, accessing classroom resources on the web, professional development opportunities with National History Day, and the new Mississippi social studies curriculum are some of the topics that will be covered at the thirty-third MDAH Social Studies Teachers Workshop. The sessions will be held Friday, November 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson.
On Tuesday, September 25, educators from across the state are invited to the Two Mississippi Museums for an evening of networking and museum exploration. During this FREE event, participants will journey through the galleries within the museums and use brand-new educational materials recently developed by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
At noon on Wednesday, August 22, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, Brenda L. Travis will discuss her book Mississippi’s Exiled Daughter: How My Civil Rights Baptism under Fire Shaped My Life.
Telisha Dionne Bailey, a post-doctoral teaching fellow at the University of Virginia, has been named the 2018 Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholar. Bailey’s research examines the complex and often overlooked history of the imprisonment of African American women in Mississippi between 1890 and 1980.
While at the Mississippi state archives, Bailey will work in the papers of Medgar Evers from his time as field secretary for the NAACP to develop a clearer understanding of Evers’s involvement in the Freedom Rides in Mississippi.