“Mississippi’s Greatest Treasure: The Old Capitol,” an exhibit focusing on Mississippi’s most historic building, will show at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, July 1 through August 19. For more than 160 years, the Old Capitol has defined the downtown of Mississippi’s capital city and has witnessed the passage of important legislation, rousing speeches, and visits form influential statesmen. The building was also used as a state office building, and after a 1961 restoration, became the official state history museum, earning a national reputation for groundbreaking and thought-provoking exhibits. Over the years the building has been restored and renovated several times. The Old Capitol survive there changes, however, and still stands as Mississippi’s most historic building.
The exhibit, produced by the Museum Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, features images and text that highlight the history of the Old Capitol. Highlights of the exhibit include photographs of the building throughout the years, the famous visitors who roamed the building’s halls, the exciting exhibits and programs that took place there, the damage inflicted by the hurricanes, renderings of the latest restoration, and the proposed new Museum of Mississippi History.
The Museum Division is administered by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. For more information about this or other traveling exhibits, contact the Museum Division at 601-576-6800.
For information about the exhibit while at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library contact Mona K. Vance at 662-329-5304.