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February 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 2:05pm by Jennifer Ford

The Department of Archives & Special Collections is pleased to host another exciting public event next week!

On Tuesday, February 21st at 2pm musician and UM Ph.D. student Alicia Marie Venchuk will present, "Women of the Blues: A Tribute to Memphis Minnie and Beverly "Guitar" Watkins. Part musical tribute and part educational lecture, this presentation pays tribute to the lives, lyrics, songs and accomplishments of two prolific and revolutionary women blues guitarists.

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 1:48pm by Jennifer Ford

Just in time for the start of the season! The Department of Archives & Special Collections has installed two new display cases featuring selected archival items documenting the early history of UM baseball. These cases exhibit a few eye-catching historic artifacts dating from the early 20th century through the 1930s, including a uniform, photographs, a pennant, among other items.

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 1:27pm by Jennifer Ford

Although many early religious and cultural traditions combined to create our modern Valentine's Day, the practice of creating and exchanging cards did not develop in Europe until the 18th century. Historians cite 1797 as the year when England published its first card dedicated to the holiday. Early American hand-made cards began appearing soon after, and by the early 19th century mass production techniques printed cards in greater quantities, further encouraging the popularity of the holiday.

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 12:49pm by Jennifer Ford

Though more well-known for its popular and folk music, Mississippi has had a number of important classical performers and composers. February's installment in the Department of Archives & Special Collections' bicentennial exhibit video series explores these traditions, as well as others.

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 2:27pm by Jennifer Ford

The Department of Archives & Special Collections is pleased to announce UM Professor Emeritus Dr. Warren Steel's lecture "The History of Shape-Note Singing Traditions in Mississippi." The event will take place in the JD Williams Library's Department of Archives & Special Collections at noon this Thursday (Feb. 9th) and is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Greg Johnson, gj1@olemiss.edu or call 662.915.7408.

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 2:46pm by Jennifer Ford

Dr. Frederick Robert Bernard attended the University of Mississippi in the 1870s. He was born in 1850 in Providence, LA (later changed to Lake Providence). He was the son of Dr. Samuel Pennock Bernard and Sarah Gilmore McCay. Samuel Pennock Bernard attended medical school at Heidelberg in Germany. During the Civil War, Frederick Robert Bernard went to stay with family in West Chester, PA. While a student at the University of Mississippi, Frederick Robert Bernard was active in college life, a member of the Hermean Society, Delta Kappa Epsilon, and other organizations.