August 17, 2015 Rotogram: 7

MSU’s Shackouls Honors College

Chris Snyder is a professor of history and dean of the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University. Nancy Hargrove will introduce him.

Next Week: MSU Women’s Basketball

Vic Schaefer, MSU Women’s Basketball coach, will talk about this past historic season and the one to come. David Boles will introduce him.

For the Record—August 10

  • Invocation and pledge:                 Larry Box
  • Attendance:                                         63.4%
    Present — 92 (35 exempt)
    Absent — 89 (21 exempt, 12 honorary)
  • Guests: Member guests were Michelle Jones of Briar Jones and Caton Jones of Lloyd Rose. Guests of the club were Matt Mosely, Benedetta Trentarossi, Rotary Youth Exchange student, and Connor Guyton, Starkville Daily News.

Meeting Notes

  • President Zach welcomed Benedetta Trentarossi to her first meeting as this year’s RYE student.
  • Matt Mosely, an MSU student, was recognized as a potential leader for our new Rotaract Club on campus.
  • The president encouraged members to sign up for My Rotary on line. We were at 28 percent toward our 50 percent participation goal.
  • Hank Moseley is at home resting after his first chemotherapy series.
  • John Robert Arnold got a shout-out for his feature in the latest edition of Catfish Alley.
  • John Fraiser turned 90 on Monday, so the club serenaded him with Happy Birthday led by John Robert.
  • The Absolutely Nothing to Do with Rotary Minute was missing since Sid Salter was speaking to the Jackson Rotary Club.

Welcome New Members

Our membership is back above 180 as we welcome two new Rotarians.

Kyle Jordan is regional representative for Congressman Greg Harper. Hayden Carr is a marketing representative for Servpro Cleanup Service in Starkville.

Speaker’s Honorarium Match

There still is time to commit to helping match the budgeted speaker’s honorarium. All matches will make a greater impact on our donation to the Steinway Initiative in the MSU Music Department. The initiative seeks to equip the department with 30 new Steinway pianos.

Rotaract Club Considered

We are considering establishing a Rotaract Club at Mississippi State. If you are interested in mentoring college students, let President Zach know.

Opportunities for Service Above Self

Rotarians do a lot of good in Starkville, but there’s always more that needs to be done. A sampling of how you can get involved in Rotary service includes:

  • Get Swept Up! Sept. 9—contact Carrie-Beth Randall.
  • Between the Lions reading—contact Christina Lucas.
  • Rotaract mentoring—contact President Zach.
  • Interact sponsorship—contact Ned Browning.
  • Rotary Youth Exchange host—contact Grant Arinder

Two Museums Tell Mississippi’s Stories in Our Own Voice

August 10—Marking Mississippi’s bicentennial, two museums are slated to open their doors in December of 2017.

“These museums will have one overriding theme—that history is dynamic; it’s a work in progress that influences our lives,” said Katie Blount, Mississippi Department of Archives and History director.

The alumna of the University of Mississippi’s Center for Southern Culture stressed that the state saved an enormous amount of money by building two museums together. The history and civil rights institutions will share artifact storage and restoration areas, public spaces, an auditorium, the museum store and a central Hall of History for events.

The history museum has more traditional architecture while the civil rights gallery sports more modern lines. They share a large green space for gatherings and events facing Jackson’s North Street.

The units are expected to attract 180,000 visitors yearly with a projected annual economic impact of $17 million. They will reach many more through the Internet and other outreach programs.

“The MDAH was founded in 1902 and has been telling Mississippi’s stories ever since. The two museums will allow us new and exciting ways to reach more people than we ever have,” said the Washington, D.C., native. “I may be biased, but I believe no state has richer, more interesting stories to tell than Mississippi.”

The history museum’s central theme is One Mississippi—Many Stories told from the perspective of all cultural and ethnic groups from the earliest times to the present. Organized in eight chronological zones, it has a fast track route for visitors with limited time. Features will direct visitors to other history sites and cultural attractions to visit across the state.

There are three thematic breakout galleries — Native American, military experience and Soul of the State focusing on writers, artists and musicians.

This Little Light of Mine is the civil rights museum theme focusing on the local leaders who galvanized the movement. It is packed with local voices and local stories focusing on 1945 to 1976. Points of light panels will highlight individuals who made a difference.

The director says it will not shy away from the era’s darkest aspects. Memorials throughout the venue will record names of lynching victims.

“We’ve heard over and over again that we need to tell the truth, no matter how difficult it is,” said Blount.

Exhibits encircle a central gallery featuring the light theme with an interactive sculpture featuring light and music. And, the final gallery asks “Where do we go from here?”

“The department has the world’s finest collection of artifacts and documents relating to Mississippi history and culture,” she said.

A prime example is the 20-star flag that flew over the U.S. throughout 1818 marking the admission of Mississippi to the union. However, there were never very many of the banners because the twenty-first state entered the union later that year. This artifact is the only original one believed to be in existence.

“When the two museums open, people will see that Mississippians are telling our own stories in our own voices. And, we’re doing so through an extraordinary coalition — political leaders across the spectrum, civil rights veterans, Chickasaw, Choctaw, teachers, preachers, students, corporate donors, foundations,” Blount said. “The really important story for the world to hear is that we built these museums together and we’re proud of it.”



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