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Sharkey Heritage & Cultural Project Presentations
October 26, 2019
One event on January 25, 2020 at 12:00 am
An “Open House” for the public from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Title: I know …; what do you know?
Activity: Current pictures of houses, buildings, vacant lots, etc. from around Sharkey and Issaquena counties will be on display. We know something about each picture, but most importantly, what do you know? We will collect any information the public can provide about each location. If you have any copies of pictures from the past regarding those locations, we’d love for you to share. Local items of interest such as copies of the Cary School Chatter, pictures from the ’27 flood, old advertisements, store signs, and other items will be on display to help bring back fond memories or simply spark your interest.
A session for children (2nd – 7th grades) at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Title: Tell Me Your Story: What do you want me to know?
Activity: Did you ever wonder what your grandparents or others did for fun as a child? What games they played with friends? How they listened to music? How has the world changed in their lifetime? Finding the answers to these types of questions is our first step to create an oral history. If you join our group, you’ll participate in a little bit of drawing, a tad bit of listening, a tiny bit of questioning and a whole lot of fun! Help us create a gallery of important faces who each have a story to share; we’d like to talk to them ourselves. A special treat will be meeting some interesting storytellers from the area. Children should attend with at least one adult family member.
A session for the public at 2:00 p.m.
Title: Delta Means Change: Endangered Stories
Activity: The year-long oral history project, Delta Means Change: Endangered Stories will be presented. We are excited to launch for the first time a program to record and preserve oral histories from a number of people in Sharkey and Issaquena counties. In a race against time, we want to collect stories and historical information about how Sharkey and Issaquena counties have changed through the years. Be a part of this project by helping us identify and obtain contact information for older individuals who can be interviewed for this project. Attendees can also volunteer to conduct interviews in the future.
Partial funding for these presentations is made possible through a grant from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.