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Due to winter weather, our January 17 History Is Lunch program has been moved to next week. At noon on Wednesday, January 24, author David Sansing will talk about the subjects of his new book, Mississippi Governors: Soldiers, Statesmen, Scholars, Scoundrels.

During its two-hundred-year history, fifty-three men have held the state’s highest office. For decades, historian David Sansing has written the definitive biographical sketches of those men for the website Mississippi History Now. For the first time, these pieces have been gathered together and published as a richly illustrated book.

On these pages will be found forward-thinking politicians who fought for underdogs, education, and civil rights. There are also governors who settled disputes by dueling, scandalous tort settlements that made the front page of the New York Times, and the story of one former first lady who held a press conference on the courtroom steps, post-divorce, announcing her intent to use the proceeds from her settlement to finance a campaign against her ex-husband for U.S. Senate.

David G. Sansing is professor emeritus of history at the University of Mississippi. He was born in 1933 in Greenville, Mississippi, and earned his BA and MA degrees from Mississippi College and his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to authoring several school textbooks on the history of Mississippi, Sansing has written A History of the Mississippi Governor s Mansion (with Carroll Waller), The University of Mississippi: A Sesquicentennial History, and A Troubled History: Governance of Higher Education in Mississippi.

The program will take place in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums--the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum--located at 222 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201. There is no charge to attend. Sansing's book Mississippi Governors will be for sale at the museum store. For more information call 601-576-6998 or email


January 31—Libby Hartfield and Cathy Shropshire, Fannye Cook: Mississippi's Pioneering Conservationist.

February 7—Mary Lohrenz, Stories Unfolded.

February 14—Devery Anderson, The Boy Who Never Died: The Saga of the Emmett Till Murder.

February 21—Max Grivno, The Last Slave: Sylvester Magee in History and Memory.

February 28—Heather Wilcox, Mount Olive: Preserving and Restoring a Historic Cemetery.

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