DeSoto County Museum

DeSoto County Museum

Located in Hernando, the Museum showcases artifacts and exhibits featuring the history of DeSoto County, Mississippi. The DeSoto County Museum features the history and development of the county from 1541 to the present. Artifacts and displays begin with the arrival of Hernando DeSoto and his contact with the native inhabitants of Mississippi. Displays continue through the riverboat days with a working model of a paddlewheel boat. Other exhibits feature the parlor of an antebellum mansion and artifacts from the Civil War. Key events in the agricultural, recreational, and social development of DeSoto County are also on display. Events in the African-American community are also featured in the museum.

The museum also features the story of DeSoto County today. Exhibits include the River Kings, the DeSoto Civic Center, the Economic Council, local artwork and entertainment, and stories of the growing communities of Horn Lake, Olive Branch, Southaven and Hernando.

Address: 111 E Commerce St, Hernando, MS 38632
Phone: (662) 429-8852
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Hours:
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Director: Brian Hicks, info@desotomuseum.org

Marion Co. Museum & Archives

Marion Co. Museum & Archives

The Marion County Historical Museum and Archives contains many historical relics, information about the settlement, development and background of Columbia and Marion County and a wealth of family genealogical information from Columbia and the surrounding communities in Marion County.

Address: 200 Second Street, Columbia, MS
Phone: (601) 731-3999
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Hours:
Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m

Contact: Chris Watts, marioncountyhist@bellsouth.net

Historic Jefferson College

Historic Jefferson College

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Jefferson College was restored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in phases completed in 1977 and 1984. The restoration was funded in part by the Friends of Jefferson College, a non-profit corporation. Popular annual events include the Copper Magnolia Festival each fall, Civil War re-enactments, vintage baseball games, and the Children’s Victorian Christmas.

The T.J. Foster Memorial Nature Trail is named after the first director of the site. The trail features a longer loop about one mile in length through fairly rigorous terrain, and a shorter, less taxing quarter-mile loop. More than 65 species of native and non-native vegetation are identified on the trails by small metal placards. The 20 large, new signs will highlight the animals, insects, plants, and other features found along the nature trail.

Portrayed as West Point Academy in the North and the South television series, Historic Jefferson College has been a popular film location – for Horse Soldiers, Mistress of Paradise, and two versions of Huckleberry Finn.

Address: 16 Old N St, Washington, MS 39190
Phone: (601) 442-2901
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Hours:
Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Director: Robin Seage Person, hjc@mdah.state.ms.us

Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum

Railroad Heritage Museum

The Mississippi Delta was covered with forests and heavy cane and most of the region lay undeveloped. “as if the foot of man had never trod.” It was the building of feeder rail lines into the rich and potentially productive cotton region that brought vitality and color to the life of the Delta -Green Diamond, IC Historical Society, December 2004.

The goal of the Railroad Heritage Museum is to preserve and promote the history and the culture of the railroad and its impact of the establishment, growth, and development of Cleveland, Bolivar County, and the Delta Region. The museum houses and displays many railroad artifacts that capture the history of railroading – from tools used by crews known as “Gandy Dancers” to the timetables and schedules used in the depots and railroad offices.

Address: 115 S Bayou Ave, Cleveland, MS 38732
Phone: (662) 843-3377
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Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Train Schedule: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Director: Lisa Miller, trainmuseum@cableone.net

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

The MDWFP Museum of Natural Science is located in Jackson, Mississippi, tucked within historic LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. The museum’s vast expanses of glass overlook a 300-acre natural landscape, an open-air amphitheater, and 2.5 miles of nature trails. Inside, meet over 200 living species in our 100,000 gallon aquarium network and explore 73,000 square feet of permanent and temporary exhibits which include deer, waterfowl, fossils, and Mississippi’s endangered species.

Address: 2148 Riverside Dr, Jackson, MS 39202
Phone: (601) 576-6000
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Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Director: Charles Knight, Charles.Knight@mmns.state.ms.us
Assistant Director: Angel Rohnke, Angel.Rohnke@mmns.state.ms.us

Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture

The Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture is a museum located in Natchez, Mississippi. The museum chronicles the history and culture of African Americans in the southern United States. The museum was first opened in 1991 by the Natchez Association for the Preservation of African American Culture, also known as NAPAC, an organization dedicated to exploring the societal contributions made by people of African origin and descent.

The museum showcases events starting with the incorporation of the City of Natchez in 1716 to the present, using art, photographs, manuscripts, artifacts, and books. Exhibits cover the era of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, 20th Century wars and the Civil rights era. They include Forks of the Road, which was the second largest slave market in the southern United States, and which has received international recognition by the United Nations because of its role in the international slave trade; The Rhythm Nightclub fire, where over 200 African American Natchez citizens died; an exhibit dedicated to the literary works of critically acclaimed author Richard Wright, a Natchez native. The museum also hosts educational events and presentations.

In February 2016, as part of its participation in Black History Month events, the Museum held its inaugural Natchez Hip Hop Summit, with Hip hop music performances and a panel discussion on hip hop in relation to racial identity.

Address: 301 Main Street, Natchez, MS
Phone: (601) 445-0728
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Directors: Darrell White, napacmuseum@cableone.net

B.B King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center

B.B King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center

The B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta on US Highway 82 between Greenwood and Greenville, not far from the famous Crossroads at Clarksdale. Opened in mid-September 2008 and built to honor the life and music of one of the most accomplished musicians of our time, the museum serves as a vital resource to the State of Mississippi and the City of Indianola. The museum’s exhibits and educational programs serve to build bridges between the community and the world while preserving the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Mississippi Delta.

The life of B.B. King provides the backdrop for the Museum to share the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta. Through an authentic presentation of music, art, artifacts and video, along with our educational programming, the Museum honors its namesake as an internationally renowned and influential musician, celebrates Delta blues music heritage and the local culture, encourages and inspires young artists and musicians, and enriches the lives of Delta youth and all who visit the museum campus.

Address: 400 2nd St, Indianola, MS 38751
Phone: (662) 887-9539
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Hours:
April 1-October 31: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday-Monday: 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Closed Monday, November-March
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Director: Malika Polk-Lee, mpolk_lee@bbkingmuseum.org

2020 Annual Conference

Annual Conference

Update – Response to COVID-19

To our MMA members and colleagues,

The MMA Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work planning the 2020 Mississippi Museum’s Association Conference and Annual Meeting in Hattiesburg, MS, April 16-17, 2020.  We have been closely monitoring the developing situation with COVID-19.  Based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, Mississippi Department of Health, and World Health Organization, we have decided that it is in the best interest of our participants to cancel the 2020 MMA Conference.

We are hopeful that an alternate date can be chosen for the conference later in 2020.  We will continue to keep you all posted on future plans for the conference in Hattiesburg.  We are excited about the programming and presentations planned for the 2020 MMA Conference and the opportunity to showcase institutions in Hattiesburg.

We will be reaching out to those that have paid for registration in the coming days regarding reimbursements and hotel cancellations.

For your own institutions, MMA encourages you to references resources and recommendations on COVID-19 from the American Alliance of Museums:  https://www.aam-us.org/2020/03/05/information-for-the-museum-field-on-the-covid-19-coronavirus/

For more information or questions regarding the 2020 MMA Conference, please contact info@mississippimuseums.org.


2020 MMA Conference & Annual Meeting

April 16-17, 2020
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Join us in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for the 2020 MMA Conference & Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17, 2020.  The conference provides opportunities for professional development, workshops, and networking with peers from across the state.  The Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Museums Association will also be held during the conference.  Conference venues include the African American Military History Museum, Historic Eureka School Museum, Hattiesburg Zoo, and the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.


Conference Schedule

Click here to download the 2020 MMA Conference Preliminary Schedule.

Schedule at-a-glance:

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

6:30pm-8:00pm                Pre-Conference Gathering at Southern Prohibition Brewing Taproom

Thursday, April 16, 2020

9:00am-10:15am              Registration & Self-Guided Tour of the African American Military History Museum

10:30am-11:30am            Concurrent Sessions at the Historic Eureka School

11:45am-1:00pm              Luncheon with speaker Rick Taylor, Executive Director, Hattiesburg Convention Commission, at the Historic Eureka School

1:15pm-2:15pm                Concurrent Sessions at the Historic Eureka School

2:30pm-3:30pm                Concurrent Sessions at the Historic Eureka School

6:00pm-8:30pm                Evening Reception filled with food, drinks, and animals at the Hattiesburg Zoo (Sponsor:  Hattiesburg Convention Commission)

Friday, April 17, 2020

8:30am-9:00am                Registration at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

9:00am-10:00am              Concurrent Sessions at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

10:15am-11:15am            Concurrent Sessions at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

11:15am-12:00pm            Self-Guided Tour of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

12:15pm-2:00pm              Luncheon & MMA Business Meeting with Keynote Address by Laura Hortz Stanton, Executive Director, CCAHA

2:30pm-3:30pm                Post-Conference Tour of an Archaeological Fieldwork Site at Camp Shelby


Conference Fees

Member, Full Conference Rate:  $100
Non-Member, Full Conference Rate:  $125
Member, Single Day Rate:  $60
Non-Member, Single Day Rate:  $75
Non-Member, Conference Guest (Evening Reception Only):  $50


Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Indigo Hattiesburg
103 S. 30th Avenue
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
601-264-7709
MMA Conference Rate:  $124.00 per night (+ taxes and fees)
Online Booking:  Click here (Group Code: MMA)

The 2020 MMA Conference host hotel is Hotel Indigo. This newly opened hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Hattiesburg and across the street from the University of Southern Mississippi.  To reserve a room at the special conference rate of $124.00 per night, click here and enter Group Code MMA to reserve your room online, or call the hotel at 601-264-7709 and mention Mississippi Museums Association.  Rooms must be booked by March 25, 2020 to receive the conference rate.

 


Registration

To register and pay online, complete the form below or click here.

All registrations are reserved with payment. MMA accepts personal and institutional checks and credit cards.

For check payments, click here to download the 2020 MMA Conference Registration Form. Please complete and mail this registration form with check payable to “Mississippi Museums Association” to the following address: Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, Attn: Anna Gospodinovich, MMA Vice President, Building 850, Camp Shelby, MS  39407.

Please contact MMA Vice President Anna Gospodinovich at agospo@mafm.us or 601-558-2337 with any questions.

HealthWorks! Kids Museum

HealthWorks! North Mississippi, has been infectiously contaminating kids of all ages since 2009. Located in Tupelo, Mississippi, HealthWorks! is the second educational facility of its kind, and the first national full-scale replication of HealthWorks! in South Bend, Indiana.

Developed in partnership between Memorial Health System of Indiana, the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi (HCF) and North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS), HealthWorks! North Mississippi’s inception came about as an extension of NMHS’s goal of improving health in the region. Already funding NMMC School Nurses and School Health Educators in 23 schools throughout Northeast Mississippi, HCF officials in 2002 noted the measurable success of the HealthWorks! model used throughout the Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan region.

Collaborating with regional community leaders on the study and evaluation of the HealthWorks! model, the HCF Board of Directors commissioned Mississippi State University’s Social Science Center (SSRC) to conduct a study to determine the need and interest for a children’s health education center to serve North Mississippi and Northwest Alabama.

Address: 219 S Industrial Rd, Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone: (662) 377-5437
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Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Closed

Director – Kathy Tucker, KLTucker@nmhs.net

Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum

Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum

The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum has a mission to create an environment that communicates the value of past and present Mississippi agricultural lifestyles, relationships and practices and their relevance to the future of all people. The museum’s vision is to cultivate an appreciation for Mississippi agriculture and create a memorable experience that inspires the community as a whole. The non-profit agriculture and forestry museum features unique permanent exhibits, a living history farm, a crossroads town, a heritage center, a train exhibit, a nature trail and a forest study area.

Address: 1150 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS  39216
Phone: (601) 432-4500
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Hours:
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Director – Aaron Rodgers, aaron@mdac.ms.gov