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GRAMMY Museum® to present Beatles exhibit

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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi has announced “Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!” as its first official featured exhibit when the museum opens March 5 in Cleveland.

This one-of-a-kind exhibit will offer visitors an in-depth look at the phenomenal British group that made a huge impact on American culture and created the fan frenzy known as “Beatlemania.” 

“Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!” will be on display from March 5 through June 12, 2016, and will feature artifacts and interactives that focus on:
        the backstory of the band’s origins in Liverpool, England
        the Beatles’ first American live television performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”
        the group’s groundbreaking first United States tour in August 1964.

The traveling exhibit, curated by the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE and Fab Four Exhibits, will allow visitors to explore The Beatles’ social and musical impact on the world, and experience the intense excitement that was generated by their historic visit to the U.S. more than 50 years ago.  

“This exhibit celebrates the Fab Four landing in America and changing pop culture forever,” said Emily Havens, executive director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. “The exhibit has visited New York, Minneapolis, Miami, Tulsa, and Austin prior to landing in Mississippi, and we are thrilled to bring The Beatles to this region.” 

In conjunction with this exhibition, the museum will present a variety of educational and public programs that explore the musical and cultural influence of The Beatles, including Beatles Symposium 2016: From The Cavern To Candlestick, scheduled for April 1–2. Presented by GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and Delta State University, the symposium is a must-attend event for all Beatles fans and will feature discussions with noted Beatles historians, live music, film screenings and more. 

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi also announced the launch of its new website, www.grammymuseumms.org. The user-friendly website features detailed information on visiting the museum, including news on upcoming exhibits and events, planning group tours and details on hosting special events. The site features links that provide access to teacher curriculum and resources. Users can also purchase official GRAMMY Museum Mississippi merchandise and register to receive newsletter updates. In addition, visitors to the website can learn ways to support the museum, including information about becoming a member and the benefits of membership.

The museum is set to open March 5. Details on opening week events will be forthcoming. For questions regarding the museum’s grand opening, email Vickie Jackson, external affairs manager, at vjackson@grammymuseumms.orgFor more information about the exhibit of the symposium, call 662-441-0100 or visit www.grammymuseumms.org.

About GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi

Set to open on March 5, 2016, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is affiliated with the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE and will share its mission to celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY® Award. In addition, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi will focus on continuing achievements of Mississippians. The museum will house interactive exhibits dedicated to its mission, as well as host educational programs for students of all ages. For more information about GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, please visit www.grammymuseumms.org, follow @GRAMMYMuseumMS on Twitter and Instagram, and like “GRAMMY Museum Mississippi” on Facebook.

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Media Contact: Vickie Jackson
GRAMMY Museum(R) Mississippi
800 W. Sunflower Rd./ P.O. Box 1449
Cleveland, MS 38732
662-588-1486
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Frederick Douglass performance coming to Jobe

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Join the Delta State University Diversity Committee for a free performance of “The Starry Road to Freedom,” a one-man show about Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent civil rights figures and one of the most influential lecturers and authors in American history.

Actor Darius Wallace will perform the show Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in Jobe Auditorium.

“The Starry Road to Freedom” takes the audience on a journey with Douglass, a legendary African American leader. Douglass was born a slave and ultimately found his true freedom in forgiveness. The performance reconstructs the complexity and radiance of Douglass’ spirit on his path to becoming the leader who inspired President Lincoln and countless thousands who thronged to hear him speak.

Wallace captures Douglass’ essence, humor, outrage and charisma, but the most powerful message delivered in the story is how education completely transformed Frederick Douglass’ life. The show includes singing, monologues and poetry.

Wallace is a native of Flint, Michigan. He began his acting career with the Michigan Shakespeare festival as Caliban in “The Tempest.” He has traveled the country performing as a solo performer as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Langston Hughes. Wallace is currently with the Tennessee Shakespeare company and the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. His television credits include ABC’s “Nashville.” His Film credits include “Nothing But The Truth,” and he is the voice of the documentary “The Invaders.”

The performance is sponsored by the DSU Diversity Committee and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Arlene Sanders at 662-846-4095 or asanders@deltastate.edu.

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Online elementary education ranks in Top 20 nationally

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Ranked alongside some of the nation’s largest and most recognizable institutions, Delta State University was recently included in OnlineSchoolsCenter.com‘s list of Top 20 Online Master’s of Elementary Education Degree Programs.

Online Schools Center strives to seek out the best university programs in order to guide potential students toward a unique and fulfilling college experience, and Delta State University’s program stood out among many.

Methodology for the list included program standouts, accreditation, tuition rates, financial aid availability, acceptance rate, admission requirements, program options, degree outcomes, and 100 percent online availability. In developing the list, OnlineSchoolsCenter.com chose not to list the schools in an ordered way, but instead highlighted 20 of the best programs, all of which have their own unique strengths.

Curricula for this degree stems from many disciplines, including but not limited to: teaching a curriculum, child psychology, elementary school ethics, current events, and more. According to Online Schools Center, Bureau of Labor statistics predict the job outlook for elementary school teachers at 12 percent over the next six years.

Learn more about Delta State’s distinguished College of Education and Human Sciences at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education.

Delta State University music department alumnus Johnathan Williams works with The Delta Youth Chorale.

Delta Youth Chorale still open to new members

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The Delta Youth Chorale resumed their regular weekly rehearsals for the spring semester this week. The youth community choir is an arts education initiative of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Thanks to the Juliet Kossman Arts Pass, there is no fee to be a member of the choir.

Under the direction of Delta State University music department alumnus Johnathan Williams, the choir has begun working on some fun, popular tunes, as well as some classics for their spring performances. An arrangement of “Best Day of My Life” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” could be heard coming from the choir room of Zeigel Hall. The Delta Youth Chorale members were all smiles as they sang.

After the first rehearsal of the semester, Williams expressed his enthusiasm. “I am really excited to work with the students, both returning and new. They seemed very anxious to begin working on this semester’s repertoire.”

The Delta Youth Chorale is looking to add to its membership. Any eight to 14-year-old who loves to sing or perform is welcome to join the group for their next rehearsal on Monday, Jan. 18 from 4:40-5:30 p.m. in the choir room of Zeigel Hall on the campus of Delta State.

For more information or to sign your child up for this unique experience, contact Joannah Taylor at 662-846-4844 or email at jtaylor@deltastate.edu.

Everything old is new again…

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Everything old is new again…
By Emily Jones, university archivist

The new year brings hopes of fulfilling resolutions, mercifully forgiving yourself for having broken every one of them within the first 48 hours, and a reality check that a year has positively flown by! Each one of us has the same number of hours in a day — how we use them is completely up to us. If I could have a few minutes of your time, I hope to encourage you to embrace the moments this year by reflecting a bit on some things that have been given to the archives over the past year and what we have learned from them. We call them donations in this world, except they don’t have anything to do with money but everything to do with connecting our past to our present, often in deeply meaningful ways.

Let’s stop procrastinating and address the clutter of things around us that may be hexing our feng shui. Can’t you just think clearer when drawers are neatly organized and everything is in its place? The Archives thrives when history walks through the door, finds its place among the shelves and connects with a researcher or ties a story together for a student. The orderliness of it is an absolute thrill. The Archives benefited from several organizations and individuals becoming tidier over the past year:

  • 010/M102 – Jack Gunn collection accretion; manuscript materials related to the Hold, Brown & Wafford families.
  • 011/M37 – Pete Walker photograph collection accretion; photographs, proof sheets and negatives taken by Pete Walker; subjects include schools, roads, agriculture, river scenes, rural life, etc. with dates of subject material extending from circa 1970’s – 1990’s. Detailed information on each image is not always available; some identifying information is on most images.
  • 019/M382 – Fong Pang collection; two Webb High School Wildcats football letterman’s jackets
    Drew High School jackets donated to the museum by brothers Fun and Fon Pang.

    Drew High School jackets donated to the museum by brothers Fun and Fon Pang.

  • 021/M385 – Wilson-Fisher collection; approximately 36 reels of 8mm film (home movies) taken by Joe Wilson; rare footage of Delta State, Cleveland and Lake Bolivar as well as family vacations and holiday celebrations; each canister is labeled but does not always mean that that is the only footage on that film; the dates range from 1960’s – 1970’s.
  • 022/M386 – Adelson-Strong collection; memorabilia related to Maurice Benard Adelson given by his daughter, Linda Strong; one certificate of promotion to Merigold, MS high school, 27 May 1921; one Merigold Consolidated High School diploma, 4 June 1925; one pair of track shoes worn while in high school; one photograph of Pauline Fink Adelson at the train depot in Merigold, MS.
  • 025/M389 – Richard Wong collection; one tapestry of General Chiang Kai-shek; on permanent display in the MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum.
  • 028/M391 – Fun Pang collection; one Order of the Arrow sash and one badge sash given to Fun Pang who is considered the first Chinese American in Mississippi to have received this special award through the Boy Scouts; two Eagle badges, one earned while at Camp Tallaha (June – July 1948); set of Boy Scout badges; one Webb School Letterman’s jacket; one black and white photograph of the Webb High School football team, 1945 Delta A Champions.
  • 037/M158 – Cleveland Woman’s Club accretion; 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 Cleveland Woman’s Club scrapbooks
  • 038/M393 – Dunn Family collection; manuscript and artifact memorabilia related to the J.W. Dunn family grocery store which had been in Pace, MS before the family moved to Memphis, TN. Some items do relate to the family’s activities and store business conducted in Memphis. Other items in this collection also include a small portion of objects that had belonged to the previous owner of the grocery store, Mr. K.C. Lou.
  • 039/M394 – Tonymon collection; this collection consists of much of the supplies and materials needed to run a fully operational pharmacy; Oscar Tonymon was a pharmacist as a profession; from his obituary: Funeral services for Oscar Tonymon, 82, of Dallas, TX will be at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Monday, June 23, 2014 at Charlton Methodist in Dallas, TX. Burial will be in Greenville Chinese Cemetery under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville. Mr. Tonymon was born on August 3, 1931 in Marvell, AR, one of six siblings and the youngest son of the late Robert and Helen Tonymon. He graduated from Marvell High School and then the University of Arkansas School of Pharmacy in 1958, graduating Magna Cum Laude. For many years he owned and operated Tonymon’s Fairfield Pharmacy in Shreveport, LA. In a career move, Oscar became a pharmacist with the Department of Veteran Affairs and moved to Dallas, TX where he was lead pharmacist in the Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy. Oscar married Marolyn Pang in 1959 and they were married almost 50 years before she preceded in him death in 2008. He will be buried next to her in Greenville. He is survived by a brother, Daniel Tonymon and sister, Frances Pang. A host of nieces and nephews, Jimmy, Raymond, David and Emerald Jean Dunn of Memphis; Darlene Ming Jang, Hawkins Ming, Dorothy Ming Wood, and Betty Ming Lacasellal of CA and Hawaii; Kenneth and Phyllis Tonymon of AR and TX; Rocky and Rusty Pang of TN and AR; Toni Dame of PA, and Curtis and Steve Fong of OR.
  • 041/M85 – Clark Family collection; campaign buttons, coin and name badges from Dr. Charles Clark’s years of professional career.

Through the power of Facebook, we no longer have to commit important dates to memory. However, what happens when an anniversary of an event that isn’t listed on Facebook or any calendar rolls around and we forget it until the day is half gone? How awful do we feel about letting something that was so important almost slip by? Share the responsibility of remembering important dates by making a donation to the Archives. Gifts made to the Archives this past year that will help us all remember important dates (because they’ll have finding aids on the web site and be on permanent display):

  • 026/M390 – Bramuchi collection; one American flag flown over the United States Capitol on 9 June 2010 at the request of the Honorable Bennie G. Thompson to commemorate Joe and Margie Bramuchi’s 60th wedding anniversary on 20 August 2010; on permanent display in the Veteran’s Atrium in Jobe Hall.
  • 029/M392 – George R. Frisbee collection; one scale model of “The Three Soldiers” commemorating the Vietnam War; on permanent display in the Veteran’s Atrium, Jobe Hall.
  • Gwen Gong signs her WWII book.

    Gwen Gong signs her WWII book.

    047/M398 – Gong-Powers WWII MS Chinese Veterans collection; this collection is in digital format; consisting of a final manuscript as well as the digital files of all of the images included in the final book; this gift has been published and is now available for purchase through the University Archives and other retailers. Contact the University Archives for your copy (archives@deltastate.edu).

Perhaps the new year ignites the desire to be more community oriented, volunteer time and expertise, or perhaps develop a deeper appreciation for the arts, culture, music, etc. The Archives is made richer in cultural resources by the donations we receive. Sometimes we have to create the purpose for farming out the information from our community. One of our favorite ways to encourage history sharing is through oral history projects. One oral history project was made possible through an extremely generous gift from the American Legion Post #1776, and another project was the result of one young man’s desire to document a piece of Cleveland history because he saw it disappearing. Is there a way you can use your talents to give back to your community? Is there a piece of history inspiring you to dig deeper and learn more? May I encourage you to act on your talents and inspirations? You might never know how you could improve the world around you through them.

  • 001 – 2015.009: Veteran Oral History Project sponsored by the American Legion Post #1776. The oral histories have been collected and deposited in the oral history collections within the DSU Archives.
    1. Joe Bramuchi (OH442)
    2. Cecil Barnett (OH 443)
    3. Nancy Gerard (OH 444)
    4. DiTieshay White (OH 445)
    5. Al Cummins (OH 446)
    6. Davlon Miller (OH 447)
    7. James Bowen, Jr. (OH 448)
    8. James Breland (OH 449)
    9. Kent Wyatt (OH 450)
  • 050 – 2015.053/ Oral Histories of the Cleveland Airport conducted by Eagle Scout candidate Marshall Jones:
    1. Nevin Sledge (OH 455)
    2. Ray Meeks (OH 456)
    3. Andy Jones (OH 457)
    4. Kell Lyons (OH 458)

Perhaps one of the most significant collections received by the Archives this year was that of Professor Emeritus Dorothy Shawhan. Someone who gave daily for dozens of years to students, colleagues, neighbors and her family, Shawhan’s collection is an enduring statement of her volunteerism, strong faith in the goodness of her community, and well-deserved pride in her family, along with a healthy admiration of Elvis.

  • 044/M396 – Dorothy Sample-Shawhan collection; established to honor and remember long-time professor of English at Delta State University, this collection consists primarily of Ms. Shawhan’s personal library, manuscript and photograph materials related to her friends and family, scrapbooks, news clippings on topics of interest to Ms. Shawhan, unpublished manuscript pieces as well as portions of manuscripts which eventually were published, U.S. presidential campaign buttons, memorabilia related to her time as a student and as an alumni of MS University for Women; 2,000 copies of her book, Lizzie.

De-clutter, donate, volunteer, organize, remember and just get going on those resolutions to make a difference, offer a helping hand, wrest yourself from the weight of worry over what to do with great-grandmother’s portrait. Dig deeper into the culture and history that is the Mississippi Delta because though our treasures be old, they are new to every eye that sees, ear that hears, and heart that beats a little bit faster because of them.