Virtual Events

Beginning Genealogy

Curious about tracing your lost family history, but don’t know how or where to start? Join us for our virtual Beginning Genealogy workshop with MDAH director of library services Ally Mellon on Saturday, August 28, at 10 a.m. Participants will learn how to begin genealogical research and use public resources available in the MDAH archival collections. *UPDATE: Registration for this event is now full. 

Direct Action with Hezekiah Watkins therron Tue, 07/13/2021 - 12:11

Join us virtually for the first edition of our new civil rights series, Direct Action with Hezekiah Watkins, on Thursday, July 22. Guest speaker and civil rights veteran Brenda Travis will discuss her involvement during the McComb Student Movement as a teenager when she and other fellow students staged the Burglund High School walkout in protest against racial discrimination. The program will stream live from the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Facebook page.

#WeltyatHome: A Virtual Book Club therron Thu, 03/18/2021 - 14:56

On Mondays, at noon CST, the Eudora Welty House & Garden will host live book discussions of Welty's 1955 short story collection, The Bride of the Innisfallen, as part of its #WeltyatHome virtual book club program. Welty's friend and biographer Dr. Suzanne Marrs will lead the discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, email 

Equal Protection Under the Law: MUW v. Hogan

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, join us for a discussion of the local and national impact of the ground-breaking case Mississippi University for Women v. Hogan in 1982. This pivotal decision not only opened the door to admitting men to the first public women’s college in the United States, but also set an important precedent in future gender discrimination cases that led to the admission of women to the Virginia Military Institute in 1996. 

Lena Richard & Julia Child: Two Women Who Changed Culinary History therron Thu, 03/04/2021 - 08:14

Join us in collaboration with Smithsonian Affiliations for a look at chefs Lena Richard and Julia Child. They challenged perceptions and stereotypes of women in their respective eras and made lasting contributions to culinary history through their cookbooks, teaching and television programs. Speakers include curator Paula Johnson and historian Ashley R. Young of the National Museum of American History.

Many Stories: Votes for Women: The Southern Story therron Tue, 03/02/2021 - 16:11

Learn about the story of the women's suffrage movement in Mississippi with special guest Marjorie J. Spruill, Distinguished Professor Emerita of the University of South Carolina, as we honor Women's History Month in this edition of the #ManyStories Series. Spruill will discuss the legacies of Reconstruction, reforms of the Progressive Era, and the white supremacist attitudes of Mississippi's early suffragettes such as Nellie Nugent Somerville and Carrie Belle Kearney.


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