All are from the Cooper Postcard Collection, Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
an adult educational effort to bring entertainment and culture to rural
America, was founded by Methodists in Lake Chautauqua, NY, in the late
1800s. The movement, which was nondenominational, swept the nation. It
reached the height of its popularity in the 1920s.
President Theodore Roosevelt has been quoted as saying Chautauqua "is the most American thing in America."
states may have had more famous locations, but Mississippi was
definitely part of the Chautauqua movement -- witness this "daughter"
Chautauqua hotel and beautiful lake in Crystal Springs..."
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"On the night of August 17, 1969 Hurricane Camille
hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Many had scoffed at the forecast of
unprecedented high winds and expected a rising tide, but in the early
morning hours of August 18th were firm believers. Final data on the
storm reported wind velocity in excess of 210 miles per hour and a tidal
surge in excess of 24 feet topped with at least a 10 foot sea. Many of
those who refused to believe the forecast and stayed at home to ride
out the storm lived to regret it.
Some did not live through it. The
latest survey reveals l34 deaths; 27 missing; 8,931 injured; 5,662 homes
destroyed and 13,915 suffering major losses. This is not counting the
loss of businesses, other structures, and much of the natural beauty of
the Mississippi Coast. The total destruction area of Harrison County
alone was 68 square miles. Because of ample warning the death toll was
not as high as in some previous hurricanes, but the destruction was
unprecedented in United States history to that time."
To read the remainder of this article and browse the hurricane archives of the Harrison County Library, click here.
"In 1940, The New Haven Railroad created the publicity brochure, The Smiths Go to Town…and Often.
This pamphlet publicizes the half hour service – “Yes, a train EVERY
HALF-HOUR from early morning till late at night to and from Grand
Central Terminal, New York.”
The brochure is directed at commuter families who reside 30-40 minutes outside of New York City.
The publication tells the story of the Smith family who “lived on the
sound side of Westchester.” The husband, who worked in the city, took
the train because he worked long days and wanted to “go with the
dispatch” where he “traveled in good company” and “always arrived on time!”
Mrs. Smith loved..."
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The MSGen Web project has a great website with links to some very useful information for people doing research in Copiah County. During the course of my work I have found the cemetery indexes on the site to be especially helpful for researchers who know a relative was buried in Copiah County but they don't know when the relative died or the name of the cemetery. Check out the site and let us know how you like it.
"Were your ancestors in a tornado? Was grandpa
killed working on the railroad? Did your grandmother talk about the
great flood? Then, GenDisasters is for you. While we hope
that your ancestors never endured the hardships and sufferings from
fires, explosions, floods, mine accidents and other disasters, we're
here to help you find the ancestors that did. From fires to floods,
train wrecks to tornadoes, we're chronicling every wreck, every
accident, every drowning, every storm - every event that touched our ancestors lives."
"The collections and services of the Family History Library in Salt Lake
City, and its hundreds of branch Family History Centers throughout the
world, are concisely described in this comprehensive book. The thirteen
contributors are specialists and professionals in their respective
fields. Some of the topics discussed are histories of states and foreign
countries containing genealogically important facts, explanations of
settlement and migration patterns, concise descriptions of record groups
and what they contain, tips for accessing the collection, extensive
bibliographies, and what can and cannot be accessed at the centers.
Included are tables, a list of 100 genealogical reference works on
microfiche, and an index." (www.amazon.com)
Some early censuses were taken by the Spanish in the
Territorial and state censuses were taken several times from 1792 to 1866. They
name only the head of household. In some cases the household in which a birth
or death occurred in that year is indicated, but the name of the person who was
born or who died is not given. Some of the censuses give the total of males, females
and sometimes voters. Census records from 1818 to 1829 have been indexed in
Donna Pannell, Early State Census & Vital Statistics Records (Mississippi
Department of Archives and History 1986)." ( Lainhart, Ann S. State Census Records. N.p.: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1992. 70. Print.)
Anne Wester (Mississippi Department of Archives and History) advises that 1870 and 1880 state census records have also been added to their indexes (5/23/2012).
"This blog is an extension of my website, Renegade South: The Literary Works of Victoria Bynum, www.renegadesouth.com.
I created it because, as a historian who uses a lot of records and
documents about ordinary people, I enjoy communicating directly with
people about history. Whether you are a historian or someone who just
likes history, this blog was created with you in mind.
the title, Renegade South, suggests, I study southern dissenters of the
nineteenth century. Several kinds of renegades pass through the pages
of my books and articles: Civil War Unionists and outlaws, multiracial
people, unruly women, and political and religious nonconformists. The Free State of Jones,Unruly Women, and The Long Shadow of the Civil War highlight
such folks in the Mississippi Piney Woods, North Carolina Piedmont, and
the “Big Thicket” region of Hardin County, Texas.
It’s often hard to imagine that many white southerners..."
Victorians were known for their gift-giving culture. The gift book was considered a popular item to present for a variety of occasions. These books were highly prized for their beautiful illustrations, decorative bindings, embossed leather covers, gilt edges, and exquisite prose. They allowed...
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