I seem to have lost my motivation this past week. If anyone happens to come across it please return it to me. I miss it greatly!
Even though my mojo is gone, I still have pushed through and accomplished things at work, attended fun outings and planned some upcoming shenanigans!
1. For those that don’t know, there is a group of us that try to get together every Tuesday and do pub trivia. We go to a local bar (Hal & Mal’s) that is literally 50 feet away from my office. Although we try very hard to pull our brain power, we always come up short. There was one time our group came in 3rd and won the bar tab, but unfortunately that was the night I couldn’t make it. But if any of you are in the Jackson area on a Tuesday night and want to play a little trivia, drink a little beer and hang out in good company let me know.2. Every Wednesday, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (the place where I work) hosts an event called “History is Lunch”. History is lunch is a lunch series where educational speakers are brought in to talk about different topics/subjects relevant to Mississippi history. The most recent one I attended featured Henry T. Gallagher, a second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, who was the officer in charge of James Meredith’s security detail during the Ole Miss riot in 1962. For those that don’t know, James Meredith was the first black student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi. “On May 31, 1961, the NAACP filed suit in the U.S. District Court, alleging that the university had rejected Meredith only because of the color of his skin, as he had a highly successful record. The case went through many hearings and finally to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that Meredith had the right to be admitted to the state school. Though Meredith was legally entitled to register, the Governor of Mississippi, Ross Barnett, tried to block him by having the Legislature pass a law that “prohibited any person who was convicted of a state crime from admission to a state school.” The law was directed at Meredith, who had been convicted of “false voter registration.” Since passage of its 1890 constitution, the state had voter registration rules that effectively disenfranchised black voters.” (Wikipedia – James Meredith)
Henry T. Gallagher was by far, one of the best speakers I’ve heard. I’ve got his book on my list to read and so should you! I’ve also attended a talk on correspondence to and from Eudora Welty and another one on the Old Miss riot. I think this program is a brilliant idea and I look forward to attending many more.
3. I registered to vote! And in doing so, I had to get another Rankin County, registered voter to witness the signing of my registration forms. Weird, I know. Thanks Mike!
4. Went to the Town Creek Arts Festival at the Art Museum and picked up a few gems:
Painting by Jennifer of VSA (State Organization on Arts & Disability)
Card by Sharon of VSA (State Organization on Arts & Disability)
The vendors Honey the screech owl from the Zoo
5. The state fair is in town so I had to partake in the food and festivities. I ate an Italian sausage, cinnamon roll and a steak kabob, all of which were delicious and not all eaten on the same day. There were two unusual things about the Mississippi State fair. 1) There are old carnie attractions such as Spider woman, Serpent woman, world’s tiniest woman, and even a Mermaid. ( Where was the spider man, serpent man, world’s tiniest man or merman?) For $1 I got to see the Mermaid up close… well sort of. I lifted up a black tarp to find a man dressed up in a mermaid costume with long curly blonde hair waving at me. For $1 it was worth it! 2) There is a free petting zoo with delightful creatures ranging from llamas to yaks, but my favorite creature by far was the Scottish Highland Cattle! Anytime you would go to feed him, he would open his mouth, stick out his tongue and you would then insert food! I want one!
6. I was able to sit in on the exhibit design meetings for the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. It’s was interesting to hear about the content that will be included, objects needed to help add context, and proposed interactives to make the experience more meaningful. I’m really honored to be apart of this development and can’t wait to see the finished product in 2017! You can check out the progress of this museum and the Museum of Mississippi History at http://www.2mississippimuseums.com.
Sketch of outside design of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
– With the holidays approaching I am already working on making travel arrangements. Last night I booked my flight to Arizona for Thanksgiving! Wahoo!
– Made Pad Thai!
– Got some farm fresh eggs and made some delicious omelets! Grocery store egg vs. Farm fresh egg
– Took Bruce and Lucy on a run… We made it a 1/2 mile! And then they slept!
– Saw a really good brass band called “Southern Komfort” perform.
Thanks for tuning in! That’s it until next time!