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2 Miss. history museums close to private fundraising goal

JACKSON — A Madison law firm and a Jackson bank have donated $850,000 to two Mississippi history museums being built in downtown Jackson. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum have now raised more than $12 million. The goal is $16 million of private money to go with an estimated $87 million in state funding. The ...

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Kellogg Foundation commits $2.3 million to Civil Rights Museum

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Tuesday received a commitment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for a $2.3 million endowment. The endowment will go toward the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s development of educational programs for the Civil Rights Museum. The $2.3 million will fund a partnership between Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the William Winter Institute for Racial ...

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Reopening history — The Oaks House Museum gets new life

JACKSON — After closing for six months for renovations and a change in leadership, The Oaks House Museum in Jackson has reopened with a splash. An open house was held Sept. 6 at The Oaks, which is located at 823 Jefferson Street in the Belhaven Heights neighborhood. The free event offered tours of The Oaks and gardens, live music by ...

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The Oaks House Museum to reopen Saturday

JACKSON — After closing for six months for renovations, The Oaks House Museum in Jackson is reopening with a party. An open house will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 6 at The Oaks, which is located at 823 Jefferson Street in the Belhaven Heights neighborhood. The public is invited to this free event that will offer tours ...

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Owner of Elvis shrine dies two days after killing man

HOLLY SPRINGS — A man who converted his antebellum home into a cluttered, quirky Elvis Presley shrine was found dead today on the front porch, two days after police said he fatally shot a man who forced his way into the museum. A motorist called police this morning after seeing Paul MacLeod, 71, slumped in a chair outside the shrine ...

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'Mad Potter' facility opens at Ohr-O'Keefe Museum

BILOXI — The museum honoring the artist known as the Mad Potter of Biloxi has opened a twisted building created to house his work. The building opened this weekend. It’s among four small “pods” at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, named for potter George Ohr and a major donor’s late wife. It holds 35 pieces by Ohr. A larger building, ...

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Entergy Mississippi gives $1M to two Jackson museums

A Mississippi-based utility has presented a hefty check to organizers of two museums earmarked for downtown Jackson. Entergy Mississippi Inc. has presented a $1-million gift to the 2 Mississippi Museums project currently under construction in Jackson, which includes the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO, said, “The museums will ...

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Rolls-Royce gives test engine to INFINITY for new exhibit

HANCOCK COUNTY — Rolls-Royce has donated a Trent 1000 test engine to the INFINITY Science Center, located near NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. The company said in a release that the purpose of this donation is to excite visitors to the Center in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) careers by showing them the marvels of ...

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Country music and soda pop — old plant might become museum warehouse

Mississippi’s creative economy could soon get a boost if an historic structure can be renovated and re-purposed as a facility honoring one of the state’s successful recording artists. Community Development Partnership is petitioning the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors to allow the old Coca-Cola Building in Philadelphia, currently owned by the county, to be transferred to the Industrial Development Authority. ...

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Ribbon to be cut on new interactive exhibit at Ag Museum

JACKSON — Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, along with the members of Farm Families of Mississippi, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony this week to showcase a new agriculture exhibit on display at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. The exhibit, donated by the Farm Families of Mississippi, showcases the importance and contributions of Mississippi agriculture. The exhibit ...

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