Monday, February 8, 2010

Oral History Workshop Planned

Saturday, February 27, 2010
9a.m. to 1p.m.
Lee County Library
Helen Foster Auditorium
219 N. Madison St., Tupelo, MS 38804

The Northeast Mississippi Historical and Genealogical Society and the Lee County Library will be partnering to present a program on how to collect and preserve family oral histories.

This workshop will offer several aspects of the oral history process, including project planning, interview strategies, recording technology, and archiving. Library resources will be discussed. A break-out session for role playing and interviewing will be available.

Space will be limited and pre-registration by February 24th is encouraged. Participants are invited to bring their own recording devices and a friend or family member for personal interviews.

Educational materials will be available for a donation of $5 to defray the cost of the handouts. Participants may bring a sack lunch. Beverages will be available.

To register, call Melissa Holekamp, Lee County Library, 662-841-9013 or Susie Dent, 662-844-2307. Email:

Black History Month Program

The Northeast Mississippi Historical and Genealogical Society and the Lee County Library, Tupelo, MS are pleased to announce that National Park Ranger Tom Parson will present a program on "African Americans in Corinth During the Civil War". Tom Parson is a Park Ranger for the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and Shiloh National Military Park. The program is scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 at the Helen Foster Auditorium, Lee County Library, 219 North Madison St., Tupelo, MS. This program, in observation of Black History Month, will include the role of slaves and freedmen in constructing the earthworks around Corinth, the establishment of the Corinth Contraband Camp, the visit by General Lorenzo Thomas in May 1863 and his speech concering the recruitment of black soldiers, the recruitment and organization of the 1st and 2nd Alabama Infantry of African Descent (later known as the 55th and 110th United States Colored Troops), the closing of the camp in 1864. Ranger Parson will also discuss the current preservation efforts at the site of the camp. The public is cordially invited to attend. For additional information, call Susie Dent, 662-844-2307.