In 1917 the Army began construction of a pilot training base on 533 acres in the prairie four miles north of West Point.
Last Sunday at the Mississippi-Alabama Bicentennial program at Mississippi University for Women, Phillip Morgan, a Chickasaw writer/historian, spoke about how the Chickasaws and Choctaws here at the time of statehood were a cultured, civilized people.
This past Friday marked the 200th anniversary of the separation of the Mississippi Territory into Mississippi and Alabama, and it was 200 years ago this fall that the first house was built on the site that became Columbus.
A week from today, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, there will be a most interesting program open to the public at the Mississippi University for Women titled "Borderline Confusion: Culture and Conflict in the Making of Mississippi and Alabama."
I have always considered myself to be a child of the prairie.
This week, what I grew up calling snowdrops began to bloom.
Within the narratives of the Underground Railroad as a pathway to freedom for slaves in the antebellum South, one story merges into local history.
Back in November, my cousin Chip Billups and I were examining an old glass medallion with a cameo sulfide bust of George Washington.
It's always surprising how finding an interesting story can lead down a trail to even far more interesting stories.
Lost in the celebration of Mississippi"s Bicentennial is another time for celebration.
The poem "The Night Before Christmas" is an enduring American Christmas tradition, but few know its history or realize its impact on how we celebrate Christmas.
We recently spent four days in Williamsburg, Virginia. It was their Grand Illumination with all of its lights, fireworks and Christmas decorations.
During the "Golden Age" of Disney animation, the term catfish around Walt Disney Studios did not refer to a fish.
The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced the Elks Club building on Main Street in Columbus was purchased and would become the home of a new children's museum.
One of Columbus' historic homes needs a friend.
Friday was Veterans Day and one of the few holidays still celebrated primarily with parades and public programs.
At the close of a divisive political campaign, two very real heroes came to mind last week.
Mississippi and Alabama are filled with ghost stories.
Next Friday there will be a Chickasaw Indian Heritage Festival in Tupelo. That event provides the perfect backdrop for an interesting ancient Chickasaw legend. It is the legend of Tibbee Lake, which is between Columbus and West Point.
I recently bought a painting by Josh Meador from a Nevada art dealer. It arrived today and got me thinking about how history and art are intertwined.
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