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At noon on Wednesday, April 25, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, Stan Galicki and Darrel Schmitz will discuss their new book Roadside Geology of Mississippi.

In the book, geoscientists Galicki and Schmitz unearth Mississippi’s deeply buried stories in 63 road logs that traverse the entire state, from the Gulf Coast to its highest point (807 feet) in the northeast corner.

Mississippi emerged along the edge of a massive tear that formed as tectonic forces worked to rip the continent asunder. The full rift was never realized and instead became a linear basin stretching from Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico. For millions of years the sea rose and fell in this embayment, leaving behind tens of thousands of feet of sediment. The Mississippi River, one of the state’s youngest and most dynamic features, follows the rift’s contours today.

Stan Galicki has thirty-three years of experience as a geologist, twenty-four as a professor at Millsaps College. He worked in petroleum exploration prior to taking on academic responsibilities. His primary research fields include sedimentary depositional environments, wetland biogeochemistry, and dendrochronology. Galicki is a registered professional geologist and member of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists and the Geological Society of America.

Darrel Schmitz has thirty-five years of experience as a geologist and has spent the last twenty-five as a professor at Mississippi State University. A fellow of the Geological Society of America, Schmitz’s experience is primarily with the development and protection of water and fossil fuel resources. He is past president of the National Association of State Boards of Geology and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists.

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. Copies of the book will be for sale in the Mississippi Museum Store. For more information call 601-576-6998 or email


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Wednesday, May 9—Multi-instrumentalist and music historian Tim Avalon will present “The Differences between Bluegrass and Old Time Music” and play examples of each. Co-sponsored by the Mississippi Historical Society.

Wednesday, May 16—George Malvaney will discuss his new book Cups Up: How I Organized a Klavern, Plotted a Coup, Survived Prison, Graduated College, Fought Polluters, and Started a Business.

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