Wednesday, October 14, 2009

MS Department of Archives and History

MDAH Taking Popular Program to Corinth!

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is taking one of its most popular programs to Corinth in October. Personal Treasures, like the PBS program Antiques Roadshow, gives the public a chance to bring items for identification and evaluation by specialists.

Experts will offer tips on the conservation and care of the items, and although they cannot offer monetary values of objects, a list of appraisers will be available. Personal Treasures is being held in conjunction with the MDAH Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, October 16, in Corinth. Personal Treasures will be held Thursday, October 15, from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday, October 16, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Corinth Public Library. There is no charge to participate.

Categories are household items, books, maps, photographs, textiles, architectural elements, and military items (excluding weapons). An expert on genealogical research will also be available for consultation. MDAH staff will be on hand to exhibit resources from the state archives relating to Corinth, Alcorn County, and northeast Mississippi.

The MDAH board meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and is open to the public. A public reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, at the Coliseum Civic Center. Kane Ditto, president of the board of trustees, will present resolutions of commendation to local organizations and citizens for contributions to the preservation and interpretation of Mississippi history. Board members and MDAH staff will also tour sites associated with the Siege and Battle of Corinth and other preservation highlights in the area, such as the Civil War Contraband Camp Memorial and the Verandah Curlee House.

Members of the board of trustees of the Department of Archives and History are president Kane Ditto, Jackson; vice president Rosemary Taylor Williams, Corinth; Reuben V. Anderson, Jackson; Lynn Crosby Gammill, Hattiesburg; E. Jackson Garner, Jackson; Duncan M. Morgan, Natchez; Hilda Cope Povall, Cleveland; Martis D. Ramage, Jr., Belden; and Roland Weeks, Biloxi.

Personal Treasures is funded in part by the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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