Members of the Starkville community will enjoy a personal and historical treat Wednesday at the Starkville Public Library as they listen to stories from residents born and raised in Starkville.
Mayor Parker Wiseman will moderate a panel of Starkville natives which includes Maxine Eastland, Dero Ramsey, Ruby Nash Davis, Pat Lane and a surprise mystery guest.
Wiseman said he was fortunate to grow up in Starkville and be able to return later in life.
â€śStarkville is a place that is more dear to me than any place on earth,â€ť Wiseman said. â€śIt was a wonderful place to grow up, and a wonderful place to come back and start an adult life with Lindsey.â€ť
Paige Lawes, owner of Three Generations Tea Room in Starkville, is a member of the 175th birthday celebration committee and has been a vital player in continuing the summer speaker series.
â€śThereâ€™s no official written history of Starkville, so stories like these help people know what came before them,â€ť Lawes said. â€śI think foot prints are important to pass on to kids.â€ť
Lawes said much has changed from the sleepy little town Starkville once was, to the booming college town it is today.
â€śThings have shifted and changed,â€ť she said. â€śThere have been great changes and if we donâ€™t have an understanding of what happened before, we wonâ€™t know how to move forward.â€ť
Lawes said the pairing of Mayor Wiseman and Mr. Ramsey will be a special treat for those in attendance.
â€ś(Ramsey) is the great-great-grandson of Starkvilleâ€™s first mayor, and with Mayor Wiseman there itâ€™s very symbolic that things have moved on,â€ť she said. â€śI think thatâ€™s a real edge there.â€ť
Wiseman said the discussion promises to be an event that will be both enlightening and entertaining.
â€śI am honored that the organizers are allowing me to be a part of it,â€ť he said. â€ś(The audience) will be treated to a wide array of perspectives from people that have had many, many years of experience growing up in this community, working in this community and raising children in this community.â€ť
â€śGrowing up in Starkvilleâ€ť will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Starkville Public Library.
For more information, call 662-323-2766.