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Postcards from the past: Cooper to speak in Macon


Special to The Dispatch



Forrest Lamar Cooper of Florence, Mississippi, is the scheduled speaker for the Noxubee County Historical Society Aug. 22. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hut on the corner of Wayne and Pearl Streets in Macon. A covered dish supper follows.  


Cooper is a graduate of Florence High School and attended the University of Mississippi and Mississippi College. He served in the U.S. Air Force four years, then moved to Jackson, where he served as a customer representative with Delta Airlines and as an information officer for the USDA Forest Service.  


Cooper, a fifth generation Mississippian, is known for his collection of Mississippi artifacts and memorabilia, including over 10,000 pre-1920 postcard views of the state. He co-published "Jackson, the Way We Were" in 1981. He has written a bi-monthly article, "Looking Back," for Mississippi Magazine since 1982. His most recent book, "Looking Back Mississippi: Towns and Places," was published in 2011. His next book, "Looking Back Mississippi: People and Profiles," will be published soon. 


Cooper's presentation will include postcards for the 1905-1915 period from Noxubee County as well as surrounding areas including Louisville, Starkville and Columbus. 


Historical Society meetings are open to the public, and attendees are asked to "bring a dish" for the meal enjoyed by all.



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