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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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MUSEUM CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS AS IT WRAPS UP A SUCCESSFUL YEAR

Season’s greetings from the Museum of the Mississippi Delta. If you need to get in the Christmas spirit or just want a place to bring your friends and family, come on by. Our “Festival of Trees” exhibit is the largest we’ve ever had in our five-­year history — 23 and counting. We were delighted to welcome back our friends who have joined us for many years and introduce some new participants, including The Greenwood Commonwealth and Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. There are whimsical trees such as a Dr. Seuss tree from the Greenwood-­Leflore Public Library to traditional trees from Altrusa International of Greenwood and the Greenwood Garden Club. There are patriotic trees from the DAR and UDC. There are highly­creative trees from TurnRow Books, ArtPlace Mississippi and Greenwood Leflore Recycling to a scientifically decorated tree by Phillip Lawes' students from Mississippi Delta Community College.

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MUSEUM FUNDRAISER GALA SET FOR SEPT. 8

The Museum of the Mississippi Delta will hold its fall gala Sept. 8 at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity.

This year’s gala will honor Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Hardeman for contributions in philanthropy and Staplcotn for contributions in leadership.

This is the major fundraiser for the museum, formerly Cottonlandia Museum, which celebrates the history of the Delta with exhibits of artwork and artifacts related to culture, local history and agriculture.

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MUSEUM WILL HOLD EXHIBIT IN HONOR OF LATE ART ENTHUSIAST

Jess Pinkston was a larger-­than-­life individual. His passing on July 23 at the age of 89 has left a hole in many hearts, including mine.

When I moved here and became the executive director the Museum of the Mississippi Delta in fall 2009, he and his companion, Sally Belle, were some of the first people I got to know. They took me under their wing, showed me around, introduced me to many people and made sure I was feeling welcome here in the Delta. He always made sure I had some place to go on holidays, especially Thanksgiving, and would invite me to join his wonderful, delightful, ever-­growing family. I felt honored.

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MUSEUM RESEARCHING THE LIFE OF GREENWOOD LEFLORE

Greenwood Leflore has long been a controversial figure in Mississippi history.

On one hand, he was a successful entrepreneur taking after his father, Louis LeFleur — or LeFlau as is in some records — who taught him how to run a business. Louis managed an inn along the Natchez Trace at French Camp and was also, along with his brother, Michael, resident traders with the Choctaw Indians in the late 18th century. On the other hand, his was held in disdain for signing the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830 that removed the Choctaws to Oklahoma, or so the story goes.

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