Posts Tagged ‘history’

Georges-damaged museum to reopen after 15 years

PASCAGOULA — The Scranton Museum will reopen the weekend of June 21, after being closed for 15 years. The museum, set up on a shrimp boat, has been closed since Hurricane Georges hit in 1998, causing substantial damage to the vessel. Ann Burgo, Pascagoula event specialist and Scranton Museum director who began running the museum […] [...]

Officials to break ground tomorrow for Grammy Museum

CLEVELAND — The Grammy Museum Mississippi will showcase the state’s role in developing blues, country and genres that shaped American music. Officials are breaking ground tomorrow for the museum. It will be at the south end of the Delta State University golf course, off of Mississippi Highway 8 in Cleveland. The museum is scheduled to […] [...]

Oil company not drilling at historic site after local resistance

NATCHEZ — Mayor Butch Brown says a drilling company has changed its mind about drilling for oil on a historic site at Natchez. The Natchez Democrat reports Brown told the Board of Aldermen that Mike Biglane of RMB Exploration has decided not to drill on the historic Arlington property. Brown said he has learned that […] [...]

Research firm: CVB should not manage historic homes

OXFORD — The Cedar Oaks Mansion and L.Q.C. Lamar House Museum were once dilapidated buildings in danger of either being torn down or falling down on their own until concerned citizens got together to save the two homes from disrepair. The Cosmopolitan and Centennial clubs revived Cedar Oaks and the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation bought […] [...]

Developers converting historic buildings into mixed-use facilities

HATTIESBURG — If Daniel Jussely and Rob Tatum have their way, downtown Hattiesburg soon will be a cultural hub of “urbanite lifestyle” in Mississippi. As co-owners of Hub City Lofts, Jussely and Tatum are rejuvenating two of the Hub City’s oldest buildings, converting them into more than 50 loft-style apartments and more than 14,000 square […] [...]

Commission eyeing unauthorized changes to historic structures

GREENVILLE — Historic preservationists are trying to figure out how to keep the owners of historic buildings in Greenville from making unauthorized changes. The discussion was sparked by the unauthorized removal of the stucco facade of a downtown building earlier this month, the Delta Democat Times reports. Owners didn’t get a city permit or consult […] [...]

Commission wants home to be national landmark

OXFORD — The Oxford Historic Preservation Commission wants the 165-year-old antebellum Shaw House registered as a national landmark so someone will buy and restore it. The home was built in 1848 by Oxford brick maker Dave Kennedy and has been in the Shaw family since 1929. It’s located on 5.8 acres of land and is […] [...]

Owners selling Elvis’ ranch; want it to be tourist destination

HERNANDO — A group of Elvis Presley fans wants to preserve the memory of the king’s cowboy side by finding a buyer for a DeSoto County ranch to make it a destination for visitors. Elvis bought the roughly 150-acre Circle G ranch in 1967 as a place to ride horses and get away from Graceland. […] [...]

Trace to celebrate its 75th ‘birthday’ this weekend

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Saturday marks the paradoxical 75th anniversary of one of Natchez’s oldest connections with civilization. The National Park Service will mark this weekend the day (May 18) in 1938 when the NPS assumed control of the historic Old Natchez Road — today known as the Natchez Trace Parkway — and began turning the […] [...]

Winterville Mounds backers want bigger, more modern museum

WINTERVILLE — Historians, tourism officials and others are pushing to get started on a multimillion-dollar facelift at Winterville Mounds State Park north of Greenville. They hope to expand the site and transform the museum into a contemporary and interactive history of Native American heritage in the Mississippi Delta. The Delta Democrat Times reports various organizations […] [...]

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