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Keenum to speak at historical society event Wednesday


Mark Keenum

Mark Keenum


Keith Gaskin

Keith Gaskin



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The Columbus Lowndes Historical Society invites the community to its annual meeting at noon Wednesday at the Stephen D. Lee Home located at 316 Seventh St. N. Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum will speak on "Stephen D. Lee: A Higher Education Perspective."  


"We are very pleased to have Dr. Keenum address the 58th annual meeting of the Columbus Lowndes Historical Society," said the organization's president, Keith Gaskin. "Having the current MSU president speak on the topic of the first MSU president from a higher education perspective is a unique opportunity we encourage the community to take advantage of." 


Stephen D. Lee (1833-1908) was born in Charleston, South Carolina, but following the Civil War, settled in Columbus and devoted himself to planting and education. He served in the state's legislature and went on to become the first president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Mississippi -- now MSU -- from 1880 to 1899. 


All are invited to this event and to tour the Lee Home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Florence McLeod Hazard Museum on the second floor will also be open at no charge. A light lunch will be served. 


Anyone interested in joining the Columbus Lowndes Historical Society may mail membership dues of $20 to John Davis (treasurer) at 916 College St., Columbus, MS 39701.



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