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At noon on Wednesday, September 18, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, Jeff Mansell will present “The History Minute: Mississippi Stories in Video.”

In 2016, Natchez and the National Park Service reached milestones when the city celebrated its 300th birthday and the federal organization marked its 100th year. To commemorate those events, Natchez National Historical Park created the Natchez History Minute project, a social media campaign that won national acclaim and worldwide recognition. The video shorts covered a wide-range of topics and gave viewers a glimpse of the rich history of the Natchez District.

“Although park staff produced and aired the videos every day throughout that celebratory year, the project drew from resources across the community,” Mansell said. “Each segment was narrated by a different Natchezian—including more than 140 students.”

Mansell, Natchez National Historical Park historian, will screen Natchez History Minute videos and tell the story of how the project was conceived and carried out—and its resulting success. To date, the Natchez History Minute videos have been viewed more than two million times. The project has earned awards from the Mississippi Historical Society and the National Park Service, and Mansell was named the Park Service Southeast Region’s Employee of the Year in 2017 for his role with the Natchez History Minutes.

A native of Pickens, Jeff Mansell received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Mississippi State University and a master’s in history and historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to joining the Park Service in 2011, Jeff spent 25 years in the field of historic preservation and cultural resource management in Alabama, South Carolina, New York and Missouri.

The program will take place in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium in the Two Mississippi Museums--the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum--located at 222 North Street, Jackson. There is no charge to attend. For more information call 601-576-6998 or email

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