Local Color

A vibrant exhibit featuring all new artwork by two Greenwood artists is coming to the Museum of the Mississippi Delta.

An opening reception for “Local Color,” a joint showing of pieces by Angie Crick Cole and Shawn Hodges, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the museum.

“Local Color” will include about 20 pieces by Hodges and about 28 by Cole. The artwork will range in sizes and will also be available to purchase.

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Author learned from church mothers

To crack the code of Southern black culture, it’s a good idea to start in church.

That’s one of the first things journalist Alysia Burton Steele discovered when she came to the Mississippi Delta in search of elders — women who looked like her grandmother and great-grandmother, who might talk to her about their lives and teach her something about her own.

The result of her search, “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom,” a collection of formal portraits and oral histories, became a book in 2015 that has accomplished the rare task in the publishing world of maintaining steady reader interest through word of mouth.

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Lebanese in America

Cheryl Thornhill, executive director of the Museum of the Mississippi Delta, says as soon as she found out that a traveling exhibit about Lebanese-Americans was making its way to Mississippi, she knew she had to bring it to Greenwood.

“We have a wonderful Lebanese community here, and as soon as I read the email about the exhibit coming to Vicksburg, I said, ‘I’m getting that here,’” Thornhill said.

She was successful, and the exhibit, “The Lebanese in America: An Exhibition Exploring 150 Years of History,” began showing this past week at the museum and will run through May 12. The museum will hold an opening reception for the exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. The event is free and open to the public.

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Into the Flatland

Kathleen Robbins says an upcoming exhibit of her photography focuses on “place, memory, experience, what it means to stay or go, and all those choices we make throughout generations.”

The Greenwood native’s photographs will be featured at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta in an exhibit called “Kathleen Robbins: Into the Flatland” starting Thursday and running until June 10.

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Celebrating 200

Organizations and individuals across the state are busy coming up with ways to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mississippi becoming the 20th state in 1817.

A meeting on Thursday evening in Carrollton will explain a state program that offers financial assistance to local bicentennial events.

Dr. Stewart Rockoff of the Mississippi Humanities Council and Mary Margaret White of Visit Mississippi will address interested participants at the Carrollton Town Hall, laying out the state’s grant program.

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Museum wins state humanities award

The Museum of the Mississippi Delta has been named by the Mississippi Humanities Council as the recipient of a Public Humanities Award.

Cheryl Thornhill, the museum’s director, said everyone at the museum is excited about the honor.

“Our award, the Humanities Partner Award, recognizes an individual or organization that has collaborated with the council to broaden its scope and reach new audiences,” Thornhill said.

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