Take an historical tour around the world with the 18th President and his wife, beginning today at the Starkville Public Library.
The formal opening of an historical display titled "Around the World with President Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Grant" takes place at 5:30 p.m. today at the Starkville Public Library.
Ginny Holtcamp, director of the Starkville Library, said it is quite an honor for a local library to be able to host a Presidential Collection.
“The exhibit will be professionally created and will draw people to the library that have never been here before -— whether it is adults, teens or children,” Holtcamp said. “ What public library has access to such an historical venture as this one — a Presidential Collection! This will enable our Starkville community to take advantage of the thrill of actually viewing a wonderfully historic collection of one the presidents of our country. ”
Holtcamp said the library plans to work with local schools to expose as many children as possible to the historical documents.
John Marszalek, distinguished history professor emeritus and Grant Association executive director, said this is a great opportunity to provide the public with more access to the collection.
The public program is being organized by the library, with assistance from the MSU Libraries and MSU-based U.S. Grant Association.
A similar exhibit of Grant memorabilia will be featured concurrently on campus at Mitchell Memorial Library, home of the national Grant Presidential Collection.
Terrence V. Winschel, historian of the Vicksburg National Military Park, will be featured speaker for the Starkville library event. "Ulysses S. Grant in Mississippi" will be his topic.
Prior to his introduction, brief remarks will be made by Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman, MSU President Mark E. Keenum, library Dean Frances Coleman, and Marszalek.
Michael Madell and Woody Harrell, superintendents of the Vicksburg and Shiloh national military parks, respectively, also will speak.
The Grant presidential collection came to Mississippi State in late 2008. Last year, the American Library Association honored the university for its online digitization of papers in the collection.
Later this year, the Starkville and MSU libraries, along with the Vicksburg and Shiloh parks, are co-sponsoring a statewide summer institute for high school history teachers on the Civil War, whose 150th anniversary is being observed this year.
For more information on today’s program, contact Marszalek at 325-4552 or Holtcamp at 323-2766.