From the cotton fileds, street corners adn juke joints of the Mississippi Delta came a new kind of music--the blues. Considered by many to be the only trly indigenous American music, this form that has influenced musicians worldwide is deeply rooted in Delta soil. And so is the man who helpoed the blues as its formost ambassador...Riley B. B. King.
The Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum project brings the blues to the classroom, where today's youth can learn more about this original art form as well as the experiennces of the men and women behind the music.
Since its creation, the Delta Blues Museum has preserved, interpreted, and encouraged a deep interest in the story of the blues. established in 1979 by Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is the state's oldest music museum.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History was founded in 1902. A comprehensive historical agency,the department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administrators museums and historic sites, and overseas statewide programs for historic preservation, government records management, and publications.
Historian Dr. Stephaine Rolph and English professor Dr. Suzanne Marrs, both of Millsaps College, were teh content advisors for the project. Welty House education staff worked with several teachers from the area high schools on the content. The unit applies curriculum standards and features a guide to visiting the Welty and Evers houses.
GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. The Museum features a dynamic combination of pubic events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric display that introduces visitors to the impact of Mississippi's songwriters, producers and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape.
The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GGRL) is a marine/coastal research and education enterprise sited in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and is a unit of The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Science and Technology.
The Margaret Walker Center continues to collect living memories, archival records, and personal papers for scholarly use: advocates the preservation of the built environment such as historic 1903 Ayer Hall, which is the oldest structure on the Jackson State University campus and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977; engages the community through public programs, literarcy projects, and educational workshops; and works with other JSU departments.
The Mississippi Digital Library is the cooperative digital library program for the state. It's ultimate aim is to provide access to primary source materials covering a wide range of subject areas from Mississippi museums, archives, libraries, and historical societies.
The Mississippi Encyclopedia presents a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. The authors and editors have worked to display the diversity of the state, its people, its religions, its economyl, its arts, and its geography and the dramatic ways all of these facets of life have changed over time.