Civil War commission offered home in Starkville

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University has offered office space to house an executive director for the Mississippi Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, once the position is filled.
Frances Coleman, the dean of libraries, offered space to the commission several weeks ago at Mitchell Memorial Library, said Joh Marszalek, a Civil War scholar and MSU Giles distinguished professor emeritus of history.
As executive director and managing editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association, Marszalek also oversees the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Collection at the university.
“She also volunteered help with the Web site, and generally offered the university’s support,” Marszalek said.
Although the state Legislature established the commission during its 2009 session, it has not allocated any funding for the group’s work.
The commission’s goal is to plan activities related to Mississippi’s involvement in the Civil War throughout this year for observance activities that begin in 2011 and run four years through 2016, commission Chairman Bill Seratt said in an earlier interview.
“The commission is also discussing funding opportunities with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History,” said Kristy White, executive director of the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The commission came in under an education bill, so it makes sense for it to be housed in an education institution. If we all get together and give a little, it could amount to a lot.”
Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.