By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – Betsey Hamilton didn’t teach history in her years as an educator, but she has been leading preservation efforts for more than 20 years.
Hamilton, a Tupelo native and longtime New Albany resident, will begin service next week as the newest member of the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. She succeeds Rosemary Taylor Williams of Corinth.
“I’m especially looking forward to being involved in the development of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum,” the former English teacher said.
Hamilton’s interest in history largely began with New Albany’s sesquicentennial in 1990.
“After all the objects were displayed, it ran through my mind, what’s going to happen to these things?” Hamilton said.
She is a founding member of the Union County Historical Society and helped create the Union County Heritage Museum. Hamilton also chairs the GM&O Rails to Trails Recreational District, which is overseeing the development of the 44-mile Tanglefoot Trail in Chickasaw, Pontotoc and Union counties.
“Betsey Hamilton brings a strong record of project management to the board,” said Archives and History board President Kane Ditto. “Her firsthand experience with historic preservation initiatives and regional museums will serve the department well.”