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At noon on Wednesday, October 30, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, Mississippi Heritage Trust executive director Lolly Rash will discuss the sites on the group’s 2019 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list and explore the stories of some of the previous entries.

“Our mission is to save and renew places meaningful to Mississippians and their history,” said Rash. “Since this program began twenty years ago, we have listed more than 100 endangered sites. Some have been saved and some have been lost, but the fate of many is still undecided.”

The Mississippi Heritage Trust was formed in 1992 to work with preservation groups across the state and support their battles to save Mississippi’s rich architectural legacy. The organization is headquartered in the historic Lowry House in downtown Jackson.

“As part of the twenty-year commemoration we asked photographers to submit images of some of the sites previously chosen for the list,” said Rash. “More than 200 images from 47 people came in, and 35 photos were selected for our online exhibit.”

A native of Biloxi, Rash has more than two decades of experience in historic preservation. She earned a BA in history from Louisiana State University and an MA in history from the University of Mississippi. As historical administrator for the City of Biloxi, Rash oversaw the restoration of the Saenger Theatre and Biloxi Lighthouse. Rash served on the MHT board of trustees from 2003 to 2010 and became executive director in 2013.

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


November 6—Vin Steponaitis will present “Fort Rosalie: A History in Maps.”

November 13—Bill Wilson will present “The Mississippi Governor's Mansion Memories of the People's Home.”

November 20—Rick Cleveland will present “Jackson, Mississippi—First Home of the Southeastern Conference.”

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