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Lauren Rogers Museum of Art--Laurel
Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color
Aug. 27 – Nov. 6.

In a career lasting more than 70 years, Loïs Mailou Jones (1905-1998) overcame racial and gender prejudices to become a successful
painter and designer whose influence as a teacher extended far beyond her native country. This exhibition spans the artist’s career
from the late Harlem Renaissance to her contemporary synthesis of African, Caribbean, American, and African-American
Jones was raised in Boston, studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and then spent several years designing textiles in
New York. She left in 1928 to take a teaching position at Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina. At Palmer, a prep
school for African-American students, Jones founded the art department, coached basketball, taught folk dancing, and played piano
for Sunday services. Two years later, she moved to Washington, DC, to establish a career in painting and teach at Howard
University, where she trained several generations of African-American artists. She would teach at Howard for almost 50 years,
becoming a mentor and influence on several generations of artists.
Jones was strongly affected by a sabbatical year in Paris from 1937 to 1938. After so much time in a segregated society, she felt
exhilarated to be living in a country where her race seemed irrelevant. Equally important was her introduction to African tribal art,
which was enormously popular in Parisian galleries. At home, Jones began incorporating African motifs into her canvases. After
her 1953 marriage to Haitian graphic designer Louis Vergniaud Pierre-Noël, Jones
became intrigued by the bright colors and bold patterns of the architecture, design,
and fine art she saw on annual trips to Haiti with her husband.
In the 1970s, Jones traveled extensively in Africa. She lectured, interviewed local
artists, and visited museums in 11 countries. This experience led to further
exploration of African subjects in Jones’s work, especially in her paintings executed
between 1971 and 1989.
Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color is organized by the Mint Museum of Art,
Charlotte, NC, in collaboration with the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre- Noël Trust, and
is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition is funded
in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Money, honey!
Lauren Rogers Museum of Art received a $28,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts
Commission (MAC), which will be used for general operating support.
George Bassi, Director
601.649.6374                                                                         Loïs Mailou Jones, Vendors, Port Au Prince,
                                                                                        Haiti, 1978

                      Artifacts                          MISSISSIPPI MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION
                                                                     FALL 2011

Society of Mississippi Archivists
Call For Papers
Social Networking and Web 2.0 in Archives
The Primary Source seeks articles/essays focusing on social networking and web 2.0 in archives. Does your institution have a presence
on the web? If so, in what form does it take shape: a blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.? Does your institution have a defined strategy
for its web presence? How effective has your web 2.0 experience been? What have been the benefits, drawbacks, surprises, or
Target Dates:
Abstracts (250 words or less): ASAP
Notifications: October 17
Articles Due: November 25
Send all submissions or questions to Mona K. Vance at or call 662-329-5304. The Primary Source is the
journal for the Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA). The journal is an online-only journal. Please consider contributing
articles/essays of 1000-2000 words in .rtf format for this or future issues! To view past issues of The Primary Source please visit:
The Society of Mississippi Archivists was organized and chartered as a non-profit educational organization in 1977. It hopes to
inform cultural heritage professionals in a variety of institutions by offering Primary Source as a free, online journal with articles
from a wide range of contributors.


In preparation for the April 26-27, 2012 Southern Archives Conference Meeting in Jackson, Mississippi, the Society of Mississippi
Archivists seeks paper proposals on all areas of archives and archival work. Topics might include but are not limited to: archival
education or training, utilizing social media, fundraising, managing organizational records, digitization projects, outreach,
and disaster recovery.
Sessions are typically 45 minutes to 1 hour in length and include 2-3 papers. For session proposals please include the title, an
abstract (of approximately 500 words), and the names of the organizer and each presenter with affiliation and contact information.
For individual papers please submit the same information listed above. A session will be created from submitted individual papers.
Students are encouraged to submit proposals for a paper presentation or posters on research projects or activities.
Please submit proposals to Gerald Chaudron at on or before October 14, 2011.

HELP!! Free Emergency Response Assistance
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Collection Emergency Response Team offers free
emergency response assistance to cultural organizations. Contact AIC-CERT when a disaster—flooding, hurricane, earthquake,
fire—has damaged collections.
Call AIC’s 24-hour assistance number at 202.661.8068 for advice by phone or to arrange for a team to come to the site to complete
damage assessments and help with salvage organization. Resources & information on disaster recovery and salvage can be found on
the AIC website at

                          Artifacts                               MISSISSIPPI MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION
                                                                              FALL 2011

                                                                                              Historic Jefferson

                                                                                              Nature Trail Opening
                                                                                              HJC opened its newest nature trail on July 23,
                                                                                              unveiling the fifteen full-color informational signs
                                                                                              that are stationed along the three trails. The signs,
                                                                                              along with two benches and new stairs, were
                                                                                              funded by a Rural Trails Project grant from the
                                                                                              Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries &
                                                                                              Parks. Kathy Kelley, of K Designs, did the final
                                                                                              sign layout.
                                                                                              Robin Person, Branch Director of HJC, said “I
                                                                                              could not have finished this project without
                                                                                              Kathy’s help—she came through for me when I
                                                                                              was doing some last minute panicking, and I am
                                                                                              SO happy with the results!”
Historic Jefferson College’s new nature trail signs include full color photographs, inform-
ational tidbits, a locating map and emergency contact information. Many Mississippi           New staff member
photographers contributed images for the signs.
                                                                                              Toni Avance has been hired as HJC’s newest
                                                                                              Historian. One of Toni’s unique skills includes
Cottonlandia Museum / The Museum                                                              researching and creating period clothing (mid-
                                                                                              1700-1800s). Toni plans to bring a Rendezvous
of the Mississippi Delta--Greenwood                                                           event to HJC in the spring, and has been busy
                                                                                              developing a hands-on historical skills program for
Out with the old, in with the new                                                             adults.
Cottonlandia Museum has changed its name to “The Museum of the                                Rise Again
Mississippi Delta,” in order to better reflect the 21st century museum and
its mission.                                                                                  HJC will be one of the sites used by film producers
                                                                                              to film “Rise Again,” a vampire horror movie set
Money, honey!                                                                                 during and immediately after the Civil War. Two
                                                                                              Confederate brothers try to rid themselves of a
The Museum has been awarded a $16,800 grant from the Mississippi Arts                         horrible curse in order to return home to their
Commission to offset costs of the name change and make building                               families, while battling aggressive cannibals and a
improvements.                                                                                 local boss man! The movie will be filmed during
                                                                                              the annual Wirt Adams Raid Into Natchez Civil War
New exhibit                                                                                   Reenactment, November 13 & 14, and will use many
                                                                                              locals as extras.
A new permanent exhibit In Your Hands: The Making of the African American
History in the Delta has been installed next to the Leflore County timeline         
                                                                                              Robin Person, Branch Director                                                                          601-442-2901
Cheryl Taylor, Executive Director                                                   

                      Artifacts                         MISSISSIPPI MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION
                                                                    FALL 2011

Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action
Don’t trash this email, please
In the next few weeks, many Mississippi museums will receive an electronic survey about collections care Please complete the
Mississippi Connecting to Collections preservation survey, which you may access via the link below. This survey is a critical tool
for planning future statewide preservation activities for Mississippi’s museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies. The
survey will be distributed to Mississippi cultural heritage institutions during the week of October 10. If you do not receive the
survey by October 10, please contact Julia Marks Young (601.576.6991;, Barbara Price (601.432.4111;, or project consultant Tom Clareson at LYRASIS (614.439.1796;
Mississippi’s cultural collections are some of its most prized resources. Your input is critically important to the citizens of
Mississippi in preserving our history. We’re counting on your help!
Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the purpose of the survey is to gather information
on the most urgent collections needs, as identified by the more than 450 libraries, archives, and cultural collections institutions in
Mississippi. A series of institutional preservation site surveys will also be held in October-November 2011 at locations across the
state. Results of the survey will be made available in a report to be issued in early 2012. Survey respondents will be eligible to
attend a statewide conference in early 2012, to review results and help determine future collaborative initiatives for Mississippi.
Completion of the survey is a prerequisite for participation in possible future pilot projects and funding for collaborative
digitization, collections processing, and specialized training.
Connecting to Collections statewide planning grants have been used by many states to create preservation plans for collections
held in libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies. These grants are an important component of the IMLS initiative,
Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a multi-year, multi-faceted national plan to raise public awareness and inspire action on
collections care.

American Association of Museums
Museum Assessment Program--Guidance for Small and Mid-Sized Museums
“Our decision to participate in MAP has been among our best decisions. I believe the MAP process has given us both clarity
around our issues and the depth of knowledge needed to successfully develop a plan that will allow for the museum’s long term
viability and sustainability.” — Jamie Berry, Executive Director, Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City
Do you want the answers to help your museum move forward? Would you like a roadmap for future success?
Consider participating in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP), which assists all types of small and mid-size museums (e.g.,
aquariums, art, history, natural history, public gardens, science centers and zoos). While engaging in guided self study, your museum
will be matched with an expert peer reviewer who will provide a customized site visit and report. In less than a year, MAP will help
you develop strategies for improved operations, planning, staff and board education and fundraising.
Since 1981, over 4,300 organizations have participated in MAP as a low-cost method of becoming more sustainable. Become the
next museum to take advantage of MAP. The next application deadline is December 1.
Visit for more information about MAP. You can also email or call 202-289-9118. MAP is
administered by the American Association of Museums and supported through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of
Museum and Library Services.

                      Artifacts                         MISSISSIPPI MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION
                                                                    FALL 2011

                                                                          Delta Blues Museum New Exhibits, continued
Mississippi Historical Records                                            Mississippi: State of the Blues--an exhibit of photographs
                                                                          by noted Mississippi photographer Ken Murphy, taken
Advisory Board (MHRAB)                                                    from the book of the same name. The display features 30
                                                                          large-format photos of blues scenes in and around
                                                                          Clarksdale, from performances at the Sunflower River
                                                                          Blues and Gospel Festival and Red's to portraits of Super
Have you had enough training? No.                                         Chikan and Jimbo Mathus.
MHRAB will join with the Society of Mississippi Archivists and the        Son House Exhibit Featuring Photography By Dick
Archival Training Collaborative in sponsoring a workshop on               Waterman--13 photographic portraits of Son House taken
October 18, 2011. Preservation of Books and Archival Materials will be    by Dick Waterman. Waterman, the famed music
presented by Jennifer Brannock and Linda Overman in Jackson.              photographer and Oxford, MS resident, who helped
This event is co-sponsored by the MS Library Association (MLA).           rediscover House in the ‘60s and managed his concerts
To receive a registration form or more information, visit the MS          during that era’s blues revival. During the opening, local
Library Association’s conference website at                               musician Bill Abel played House blues on a National Steel or email             guitar, a new version of the 1930s Model O played by
                                                                          House, which was donated to the Museum by National
                                                                          Reso-phonic Guitars.
Delta Blues Museum—Clarksdale                                             Money, honey!
Muddy Waters Expansion                                                    The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi
                                                                          (CFNM) awarded the museum a grant in the amount of
After a flurry of meetings in January and February to set up the final    $9,650 to assist in celebrating Robert Johnson’s 100th
preparatory work, the Museum Board of Trustees, along with the            birthday throughout 2011 and creating a permanent display
Stovall family and representatives of D. Carroll Construction             at the museum and online.
officially broke ground for the Muddy Waters Addition on Tuesday,
March 22. To be completed by the end of this year, the wing               The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) recently awarded
features a two-story building that will showcase the cabin from           the museum a grant in the amount of $17,800 for general
Stovall Farms where McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters              operating support.
grew up. (It is currently on display in our galleries, but in a cramped
space.) The Addition will also house new permanent exhibits. The          Shelley Ritter, Director
wing is designed to complement the Museum's current home,                 662-627-6820
Clarksdale's historic railroad freight depot, a Mississippi Landmark
Property, and will double the size of our gallery space. Construction
will be completed by the end of this year. The expansion is made
possible through funding from the Mississippi Department of
Archives and History, the Mississippi Arts Commission and the
Mississippi Department of Transportation.

New Exhibits & Releases
From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Vol. 1, the CD recorded by the Delta
Museum Blues Band features musicians and instructors from the
Museum classes along with guest appearances by Charlie
Musselwhite, Bill Abel, and other local musicians. Thanks to the
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Mississippi Arts
Commission for supporting this project. (continued )                      Muddy Waters addition going up at the Delta Blues Museum. Photo
                                                                          by Kevin Clanton

                      Artifacts                        MISSISSIPPI MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION
                                                                   FALL 2011

Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC)
Annual Meeting is this month!

It’s not too late to make plans to join SEMC in Greenville, South Carolina, for the Annual Meeting, October 25-27, but you’d
better hurry. It IS too late to book rooms at the Hyatt Regency at the conference price, but be creative—there are plenty of other
places out there.

Greenville is a beautiful town, with a vibrant downtown area, and pedestrian and family-friendly walking trails and waterfalls within
a few blocks of the hotel. The Annual Meeting features numerous workshops and programs, off-site and behind-the-scenes tours,
affinity group gatherings, the awards luncheon & business meeting, and of course, the VERY popular evening events! Check it all
out at

JIMI is not a guy’s name

This annual Jekyll Island Management Institute provides an eight-day, total immersion environment professionals to learn more
about general administration and operations. JIMI gives administrators the key resources imperative to orchestrating personnel
efficiency, staff morale and overall organizational improvement.
JIMI offers opportunities for participants to learn management skills through presentations, small group discussions, projects and
participatory exercises. Participants discover their management styles through self-tests and activities, groups project assignments
and presentations.

Not cheap, but well worth every penny…

JIMI 2012 will be held Tuesday, January 24 through Tuesday, January 31. Tuition of $650 for SEMC Members, $700 for non-
members includes all materials, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, and the final banquet.
Rooms have been reserved at the beautiful seaside Beachview Club on Jekyll Island, GA. Single rooms will be approximately $85-
$105/per night, and suites are approximately $120/per night, including taxes.
Through the generosity of friends and colleagues of the late Peter S.LaPaglia, SEMC and the Jekyll Island Management Institute
(JIMI) are pleased to announce the Peter S. LaPaglia Scholarship. This scholarship covers the cost of tuition.
Other tuition-only scholarships may be offered if funds are available. To apply, submit a one-page letter of justification, including
estimated expenses, the amount your institution can afford, and the amount of your scholarship request.
MMA also provides financial assistance to our members. A “pot” of $500 is divided between all the MMA members who
attend JIMI each year—you must be paid up on your dues to be eligible! Funds are given out at the MMA Annual Meeting in
                          Martha Battle Jackson, Administrator / Jekyll Island Management Institute
                                                   NC State Historic Sites
                                                  4620 Mail Service Center
                                                  Raleigh, NC 27699-4620
                                      Phone: 919.733.7862 ext. 236 / Fax: 919.733.9515

                     Artifacts                         MISSISSIPPI MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION
                                                                   FALL 2011

Mississippi Industrial Heritage                                            Winterville Mounds—
Museum—Meridian                                                            Greenville
The Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum in Meridian announces a
new partnership. The museum and the Carousel Organ Association of
                                                                           October is a month for bones…
America will be host a Carousel Organ Rally in conjunction with the
                                                                           …because it’s Archaeology Month!
Soule’ Live Steam Festival this year. This event will be held on Friday
                                                                           Saturdays in October, 1–3 p.m.: Mock Dig
and Saturday, November 4th and 5th, 2011 in downtown Meridian.
                                                                           Young and old are invited to participate in a mock
                                                                           excavation at the mounds and learn about                                             archaeological techniques. No experience necessary
Greg Hatcher, Executive Director                                           and tools are provided. Mark Howell, director of
601-693-9905                                                               Winterville will lead the dig.
                                                                           November 2–5, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.: Native American Days
                                                                           Meet Native American members of Choctaw,
                                                                           Seminole, Cherokee, Muscogee, and Houma Nations
AASLH Small Toolkit                                                        and experience traditional music, dance, and
                                                                           storytelling. A live auction will be held on Saturday at

Save 30% by pre-ordering                                                   December 18, 2-5 p.m.: Holiday Open House
                                                                           Music, snacks, and overall good cheer. We will also
As a small museum staff person, you are responsible for a lot, including   inaugurate the “Winter Kids” program by lighting up
areas outside of your expertise or training. You need a quick reference    Mounds B and C and the drive to the museum.
that makes the process of becoming a sustainable, valued institution
less overwhelming. The Small Museum Toolkit is a collection of six
books that serve as a launching point for small museum staff to pursue               Mark Howell, Branch Director
best practices and meet museum standards. Each brief volume, written
in a friendly tone by experienced museum professionals, helps you
define the questions you should be asking, gives you tools to achieve      
your goals, and guides you where to go for help.

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                     Artifacts                         MISSISSIPPI MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION
                                                                   FALL 2011

           Environmental Control and                                               MMA Officers &
           Safe Storage Techniques for                                            Board of Directors
                      Historic Textiles                                                           Officers

   (This is a 1st installment—look for more info in future Artifacts!)                             Bo Miller
                                                                                           Amory Regional Museum
by Mary Lohrenz, curator, Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, Mississippi              801 3 Street South, Amory, MS 38821
Department of Archives and History                                               
Historic textiles, such as clothing, uniforms, samplers, linens, quilts,                        Vice-President
coverlets, rugs, or flags, require special care for their preservation.                          Chad Daniels
Contemporary textiles, such as wedding dresses and christening gowns, also            Mississippi Armed Forces Museum
require special care to enhance their preservation. The life of these               Building 850, Camp Shelby, MS 39407
treasured textiles, whether in a museum or privately-owned, can be
prolonged with preventive maintenance and proper handling and treatment.
This series of articles will address the environmental control and safe                      Secretary/Treasurer
storage techniques recommended for historic textiles. Guidelines for the                         Brian Hicks
proper handling and treatment of historic textiles, such as cleaning, will be              DeSoto County Museum
                                                                                111 East Commerce St., Hernando, MS 38632
discussed in another article.
Environmental Control of Light, Temperature, Humidity, Mold,
Pollutants, and Pests                                                                       Board of Directors
Preventive maintenance means that the textile is cared for and maintained in
a way that prevents damage to the textile. Textiles are very sensitive to the                 General Museum
                                                                                                Greg Hatcher
environmental factors of light, temperature and relative humidity, mold,               MS Industrial Heritage Museum
pollutants, and pests. The damage that may be caused by one or more of            P.O. Box 5031, Meridian, MS 39302-5031
these factors is often irreparable. Thus, control of these environmental                        601-693-9905
factors is vitally important.                                                 

                                                                                               Science Museum
Light                                                                                           Rebecca Jones
Textiles are very susceptible to damage by light. For proof of this, examine            MS Museum of Natural Science
curtains that have hung in an unprotected window for any extended period        2148 Riverside Drive, Jackson, MS 39202-1353
of time.                                                                                        601-354-7303
     • Exposure to light leads to fading, weakening, and embrittlement of
         the textile fibers.                                                                    Art Museum
     • Light damage is cumulative and irreversible.                                             Maie Smith
     • The amount of light damage depends on the type of light                             Delta Blues Museum
                                                                                    P.O. Box 459, Clarksdale, MS 38614
         (ultraviolet and/or visible), the intensity of the light, and the   
         length of the exposure.                                                               662-627-6820
     • Avoid light that emits excessive heat or significant ultraviolet
         radiation.                                                                            History Museum
                                                                                                Clay Williams
                                                                                            Old Capitol Museum
All light damages textiles, but ultraviolet radiation is the most damaging         P.O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205-0571
component of the light spectrum. High levels of ultraviolet radiation are       
found in sunlight and fluorescent and halogen light bulbs.                                      601-576-6934


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