Iuka museum seeking volunteers, funding

By The Associated Press

IUKA — The Courthouse Museum in Iuka is seeking a variety of help to continue its role as a historical mirror for the region.

The Daily Corinthian reports the museum’s needs include everything from cash donations to volunteers.

“We would really like to get more people involved,” said Assistant Administrator Helah Wilson.

The museum operates primarily on membership fees from the Tishomingo County Historical and Genealogical Society and revenue raised by the museum store, Woodall Mountain Market, where visitors can buy books about Tishomingo County history and genealogy as well as other items.

Another source of funding is the county Board of Supervisors, which makes a small quarterly contribution. After eight years without air conditioning in the second story, the county recently paid for a new system.

The museum also wants to add a full-time administrator, but needs funding.

Wilson serves as a volunteer but says the museum needs full-time staffing.

Tishomingo County recently funded repairs on the museum’s John Marshall Stone Research Library, which was deteriorating from years of termite damage. In response to a significant increase in Civil War researcher over the past few years, more resources on the War Between the States are being added to the shelves.

Built in 1889, the building served as the Tishomingo County Courthouse until 1971, when a new facility was built on Battleground Drive.

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.