February 25, 2012 6:07:00 PM
BY JAN SWOOPE
The Mississippi Historical Society will hold its 2012 annual meeting in Columbus March 1-3, and those interested in history are invited to participate. The focus will be the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
A variety of lectures on the campus of Mississippi University for Women will examine the battle for the southern frontier, Mississippi's American Indians, the Natchez Trace and local history projects.
An early evening reception at Whitehall, the historic home of Dr. Joe and Carol Boggess, will open the three-day meeting March 1.
Dixie Butler of Columbus, a member of the MHS board of directors, has been coordinating local arrangements for the event.
"There will be more than 100 people from different parts of the state coming to Columbus for this," said Butler, who is working closely with Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter and Angie Atkins of MUW.
On Friday evening, March 2, author Robert V. Haynes of Bowling Green, Ky., will give the banquet address, "Some Dark Mysterious Business: Aaron Burr in Mississippi Territory." Haynes' book, "The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier (1795-1817)" won the society's McLemore Prize for Book of the Year in 2010.
At a March 2 luncheon Daniel P. Jordan will present "Our History Matters." A native Mississippian, Jordan is president emeritus of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates Jefferson's home, Monticello.
Visitors will be invited to see historic Columbus via the CVB's double decker bus, with Carpenter conducting the tour.
Butler remarked, "It's always wonderful when we have visitors come to our town, and because of all the wonderful history we have here, it's particularly significant that this is a history-based group."
How to register
Registration for the three-day annual meeting is $35 for MHS members and $60 for non-members. Additional costs are $23 for the March 2 luncheon, $43 for the March 2 banquet dinner and $23 for an awards brunch March 3.
Make reservations for the Friday luncheon and Saturday brunch by Feb. 27 by calling 601-576-6849, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information locally, contact Butler at 662-328-0599.
Sponsors of the annual meeting include Dixie Butler, Ret. Gen. Joe and Carolyn Fant, Gene and Leigh Imes, the Stephen D. Lee Foundation, Dick and Jo Anne Leike, the Columbus and Lowndes County Historical Society, the CVB, the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation and the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.