Personal Treasures was held this past Thursday, October 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. Like the PBS television program Antiques Roadshow, Personal Treasures gives the public a chance to bring items for identification and evaluation by specialists at no cost.
Categories included books and maps, paper items, and photographs. Although experts did not appraise objects, a list of appraisers was available.
The program is organized and staffed by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH).
The event was in conjunction with the MDAH board of trustees quarterly meeting which was held on Friday, October 8, in Columbus on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women.
While in Columbus board members and MDAH staff toured sites associated with the Tennessee Williams home, the Annunciation Catholic Church, and other preservation highlights in the area on the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau’s double-decker bus.
Board members were also treated to a public reception held at 5 p.m. on October 7, at Whitehall, the historic antebellum house owned by Carol and Joe Boggess. Kane Ditto, president of the board of trustees, presented resolutions of commendation to local organizations and citizens for contributions to the preservation and interpretation of Mississippi history.
For more information on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History visit www.mdah.state.ms.us.