Virtual Events

Advanced Genealogy: Tracing Your African American Ancestors

Having challenges with researching your African American ancestors? MDAH Curator of Research and Genealogy Joyce Dixon-Lawson will lead an online workshop using the probate records, deed records, Census records, and personal diaries of former slave owners available at MDAH. Dixon-Lawson will also answer questions and offer tips to help participants negotiate slavery's legacy to find their ancestors. Registration is $10 per person.

Mississippi Unbound: Race Against Time

Renowned investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell will join us for a live discussion featuring his new book, Race Against Time, the undercover story behind the reopenings of four notorious civil rights cases: the assassination of Medgar Evers in Jackson, the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner in Neshoba County, and the fatal firebombing of Vernon Dahmer Sr. in Hattiesburg.

#WeltyatHome: A Virtual Book Club

The third "Welty at Home" book club pick is Welty's very own The Golden Apples. Published in 1949, Welty's third short story collection is composed of seven stories centered upon the characters in the fictional town of Morgana, Mississippi. On Mondays, at noon CST, the Eudora Welty House & Garden will host live book discussions of each short story led by Welty's friend and biographer Dr. Suzanne Marrs. This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, email 

Intermediate Genealogy: Where Did My Ancestors Go?

Are you interested in learning how to trace your family tree? Join us on Saturday, September 12, at 9:30 a.m. for a virtual workshop led by MDAH curator of research and genealogy Joyce Dixon-Lawson. This edition will focus on how to use less common resources such as state census records, educable school children records, and migration patterns for genealogical research. Tickets are $10 per person.

#UndertheLight: Chinese in Jim Crow Mississippi

The 2020 #UndertheLight series continues with an online discussion of the discrimination against the Chinese during Jim Crow in Mississippi featuring guest lecturer Adrienne Berard, research communications specialist at the College of William & Mary in Virginia and author of Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South. The presentation will also include a virtual tour through the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum's A Closed Society gallery.


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