MDAH board visits Corinth area historical sites

Personal Treasures
• What: Experts helping people identify their artifacts and learn to care for and preserve them.
• When: 9 a.m.-noon today.
• Where: Corinth Public Library, 1023 N. Fillmore St., Corinth.
• Cost: Free and open to the public.

CORINTH – For people curious about their personal artifacts, sessions with preservation specialists continue at the Corinth Library from 9 a.m. until noon today.
The informational event, which began Thursday afternoon, is a highlight of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s meeting in Corinth.
The board of directors is holding its quarterly meeting at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center this morning, after spending all day Thursday touring the many historical sites around Corinth and Alcorn County that have been beneficiaries of MDAH funding.
MDAH has supported so many area sites that the group would be unable to visit them all in one day, said the group’s host, Rosemary Williams, president of the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission and board member.
Emily Newcomb of Corinth brought two pictures that she wanted to learn more about.
“I have an old oil painting of a family on canvas that I bought at an auction about 18 or 20 years ago, and I’ve always been curious about it,” Newcomb said. “There’s a man in a military uniform that I was hoping they could identify. They couldn’t be certain, but thought it might be a Greek or Russian uniform dating to about the turn of the (20th) century.”
She also had a small picture of a fox by a famous artist, and learned it was a print rather than an original. Newcomb was pleased enough with her experience that she might return with other items.
Arrowheads and cookbooks were the items about which Steven and Charlotte Icardi of Corinth wanted to learn more.
“We found out the kinds of arrowheads they are, how to care for them and their age,” Steven Icardi said.
About the cookbooks, “I have one cookbook from 1897, ‘Hood’s Practical Cook’s Book,’ that was printed before they standardized measurements,” Charlotte Icardi said. “In one recipe they said to use butter the size of a small egg.”
About 20 people had come for information about their items in the first two hours of the session, said Stacey Everett, director of education in the MDAH museum division.
“As usual, we had more small household items as our biggest category,” Everett said. “But I was surprised that we also had a lot of books and paper for the first time this year.”

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