On Friday, February 3, 2017 at noon in UM's Department of Archives & Special Collections (3rd floor, JD Williams Library) Martín Sassone and Gabriel Grätzer will discuss the fascinating story of how the blues came to Argentina in the late 1930s and influenced major musical developments in the country.
On January 25, 1973 world-renowned pianist, Lili Kraus, performed in the University of Mississippi's Fulton Chapel before students, faculty, and the community. An international prodigy, Kraus was born in Budapest in 1903. Her musical tutelage began at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music where she received its highest degree and at age seventeen she entered the Budapest Conservatory. She studied with numerous well-known classical musicians during her formative years and soon became a specialist in the works of Mozart and Beethoven.
What elements of our culture in Mississippi do we all share? Are there jokes, tall tales, songs, and sayings unique to our state that bind us together? What holiday customs or superstitions did our grandparents hold, and where did they come from? These questions and much more are asked by folklorists, who examine elements of culture shared by various groups of people.
This week's blog post is dedicated to the announcement of the opening of the Department of Archives & Special Collections' year-long exhibit, "Mississippi: 200 Years of Statehood." The display showcases archival documents, photographs, sound recordings, ephemera, historic maps, and many other rare items from Mississippi's 200 year history as a state.