Posts Tagged ‘cultural tourism’

NPS closing section of Natchez Trace due to ‘major safety hazard’

by Associated Press Published: March 14,2012

Tags: closure, cultural tourism, federal government, Heritage, history, infrastructure, tourism, tourists, traffic, travel, visitors

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI — An eight-mile section of the Natchez Trace could be closed for a year. WAPT-TV reports a major safety hazard will lead to the closure near milepost 94.8 between Ridgeland and Clinton. The National Park Service says the closure will begin today between Interstate 55 and U.S 49. Engineers say there’s the potential […] [...]

Farish Street Group getting $10.2M loan from JRA

JACKSON — Developers of the Farish Street Entertainment District have taken the first step toward securing money needed to finish construction on the first block of the $100 million project in downtown Jackson. Yesterday, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority approved a non-binding agreement with Farish Street Group for a $10.2 million loan. As collateral, developers would […] [...]

NPS report shows economic impact of Vicksburg battlefield

by Associated Press Published: March 1,2012

Tags: cultural tourism, economic impact, federal agency, history, hostoric tourism, jobs, military, tourists, visitors

VICKSBURG — A new National Park Service report shows that 581,459 visitors in 2010 spent $28.9 million in the Vicksburg National Military Park and in communities near the park. The NPS says that spending supported 449 jobs in the local area. Park Superintendent Michael Madell says the NPS report found 52 percent of the spending/jobs […] [...]

Delta group wants state funds for Grammy Museum

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland group raising funds for a Grammy Museum to celebrate the state’s musical heritage is seeking $6 million to support its cause. Project manager R. Allan Hammons told a crowded room of legislators that the museum would be the first satellite of the national Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The Cleveland Music […] [...]

Park grant funds consultant to help improve Natchez Pilgramage tours

NATCHEZ — A consultant will work with the owners of historic homes in Natchez to improve the local home tours. The Natchez National Historical Park has used a $23,000 grant to hire Mary Ruffin Hanbury to work on how the home tours can be better conducted. Park superintendent Kathleen Jenkins tells the Natchez Democrat Hanbury […] [...]

Blues Archive gets memorabilia of Mayfield, Fulson

OXFORD — The memorabilia of two legendary bluesmen has found a home in the Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi, thanks to two patrons who generously donated the materials. Thousands of items once owned by singer-songwriters Percy Mayfield and Lowell Fulson were donated by Mick and Molli Kolassa to the archive housed in UM’s […] [...]

Owners of historic building plan multicultural center

by Associated Press Published: December 19,2011

Tags: cultural tourism, historic buildings, museums, tourism, tourists, visitors

VICKSBURG — The new owners of the Old Monte Carlo Building want to turn the 100-year-old building into a multicultural center. The Vicksburg Post reports Linda and James Fondren, the new owners, want to turn it into a museum where people can learn more about Vicksburg’s heritage. Plans to turn the building into an African-American […] [...]

Plans begin for Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area

by MBJ Staff Published: November 22,2011

Tags: cultural tourism, culture, Heritage, history, tourism, tourists

STONEVILLE — The board of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area has begun its planning phase. The board announced it had begun planning at a public meeting in Stoneville. Almost 600 individuals and organizations, representing a broad cross section of the Delta’s museums, interpretive centers, tourism agencies, elected officials and educators were invited to attend. […] [...]

Iconic Delta bookstore to close at month’s end

by Associated Press Published: November 14,2011

Tags: books, bookstores, Closing, cultural tourism, literature, retail

GREENVILLE — A neighborhood gathering place, the only spot in Greenville to get a Sunday New York Times, a stop for visiting writers and tourists and a Greenville Main Street landmark since 1965 is shutting its doors. Hugh and Mary Dayle McCormick, the owners of McCormick Book Inn, tell the Delta Democrat Times the shop […] [...]

Country music star eyeing site for new museum

PHILADELPHIA — Country music star Marty Stuart has talked with business and community leaders about locating a museum in Philadelphia to house his memorabilia. The Neshoba Democrat reports Stuart, a Philadelphia native, and his wife recently talked with the Mississippi Country Music Commission about the project. Talks about opening a facility to house Stuart’s collection […] [...]

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