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Nissan Café by Nick Wallace Opens at Two Mississippi Museums

The new Nissan Café by Nick Wallace Culinary is now open at the Two Mississippi Museums. Spearheaded by executive chef Nick Wallace, the new café offers a wide assortment of Southern and French inspired cuisine to museum visitors during breakfast and lunch hours Tuesdays through Sundays in the Nancy and Ray Neilsen Hall of History. 

“We are excited to have Nick Wallace Culinary at the Two Mississippi Museums,” said Katie Blount, MDAH director. “Chef Wallace has a commitment to healthy, fresh food that is inspired by history and flavors of the South. He also brings welcome energy, vision, and new ideas. But most importantly, he’s a great cook, and we love his food."

A native of Edwards, signature chef Nick Wallace acquired his culinary talents from his grandmothers, Lennel Donald and Queen Morris, who both practiced Southern home- cooking with farm-rooted family recipes. Named Mississippi’s Best Chef of 2020 and a member of the Best Chefs America, Wallace is renowned for his Mississippi-fashioned “farm to table” cooking method using garden-fresh locally grown produce and made- from-scratch ingredients in his cuisine blended with a unique classical French style. He has been featured on several international culinary competitions on the Cooking Channel and Food Network and won the Food Network’s Chopped: Alton’s Challenge in 2017 and their Fire Masters television series title in April 2021. He has also been published in cultural and culinary magazines such as Southern Living.

Chef Wallace served as a chef at the James Beard House in New York City and previously served as the executive chef at the King Edward Hotel and Mississippi Museum of Art in downtown Jackson. In addition to his restaurant business Nick Wallace Culinary, Wallace also operates his non-profit organization Creativity Kitchen, which provides healthier food selections for students in Jackson Public Schools and assists with other charity ministries in the community through food partnerships and cooking workshops.

The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—Two Mississippi Museums—are located at 222 North Street in Jackson. Café hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information email info@mdah.ms.gov.

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Nissan Foundation Donates $30,000 for Field Trips to State History, Civil Rights Museums

The Nissan Foundation has donated $30,000 to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) to underwrite field trips to the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum for the upcoming school year.    

"We are grateful to the Nissan Foundation for their support of our field trip program,” said Katie Blount, director of MDAH. “School children are the most important people we serve. The foundation’s generosity will help us reach our goal for every student in the state to visit the Two Mississippi Museums at least once.”

“For nearly 30 years, the Nissan Foundation has been committed to amplifying the efforts of nonprofit organizations doing the important work of sharing diverse cultural perspectives and experiences with communities across the country,” said Parul Bajaj, senior manager, Nissan Philanthropy. “At perhaps no other time in recent history has the work of Two Mississippi Museums been so critical. We are proud to support their efforts to inspire people to embrace the value of our differences.”

The funds will be used to defray costs such as admission, travel, and on-site lunches for students. To reserve or learn more about field trips at the Two Mississippi Museums, contact Stephanie King, field trips coordinator, at sking@mdah.ms.gov.

Two Mississippi Museums hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The museums are open free of charge on Sundays from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and are located at 222 North Street in Jackson. For more information email info@mdah.ms.gov

Nissan in Mississippi

Since opening its doors in 2003, Nissan’s assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi, has donated more than $18 million and worked more than 12,000 volunteer hours to support more than 200 nonprofit organizations in the Greater Jackson area. The facility employs more than 5,500 people who build the Nissan Altima, Frontier, TITAN and TITAN XD, NV Cargo and NV Passenger vehicles.

Image cutline: Pictured are MDAH board member Helen Moss Smith, Nissan Philanthropy senior manager Parul Bajaj, MDAH board member Nancy Carpenter, MDAH director Katie Blount, MDAH board members Hilda Cope Povall, Betsey Hamilton, and Web Heidelburg, and outgoing MDAH board president Judge Reuben V. Anderson.

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Direct Action with Hezekiah Watkins

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.

Medgar Evers Birthday Celebration

In honor of civil rights icon Medgar Evers’s birthday, admission to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History will be free on Friday, July 2. Admission will include the special exhibit, I AM A MAN: Civil Rights Photographs in the American South, 1960–1970. Museum staff will highlight Evers’s life and legacy through guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Face masks and social distancing guidelines are required.

History Happy Hour: Photography

Join us for an evening of history and fun at the Two Mississippi Museums! This edition of History Happy Hour highlights photography and features the protest artwork of civil rights activists in the I AM A MAN: Civil Rights Photography in the American South, 1960–1970 special exhibit. Guests will engage in interactive flash tours through the exhibit and the museums about the significance of photography in Mississippi history.

R.E.A.D. (Read, Engage, and Discover)

Children and parents are invited to the R.E.A.D. (Read, Engage, and Discover) summer enrichment program at the Two Mississippi Museums on Friday, May 28, at 11 a.m. This first edition will feature a book reading and discussion of Carole Boston Weatherford's "Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer" by guest speaker Rukia Lumumba of the People’s Advocacy Institute. Children will engage in a hands-on activity following the reading. This event is free and will be held in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium. Face masks and social distancing guidelines are required. 

I AM A MAN: Chalk the Walk

Get ready to chalk your mark on history at the I AM A MAN: Chalk the Walk event on the Entergy Plaza of the Two Mississippi Museums. Guests will design their own outdoor sketches inspired by the protest artwork of civil rights activists featured in the special exhibit I AM A MAN: Civil Rights Photographs in the American South, 1960–1970. Face masks and social distancing guidelines are required.

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