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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Magnolia Mound October Events

Get your history fix this October with exciting exhibits and lively lectures at Magnolia Mound Plantation, 2161 Nicholson Drive.

The Poverty Point travelling exhibit visits MMP Visitor's Center Oct.4-15, during regular museum hours.  Poverty Point is an ancient Louisiana Indian site located in West Carroll Parish, which is recognized nationally because of its age and size.  The show includes artifacts, hands on activities, and panels of text that detail the history of Poverty Point.  There is no charge.

The Dr. Bill Haag travelling exhibit is also on display in the MMP Visitor's Center Oct. 18-31, during regular museum hours.  Named the state's first official state archaeologist in 1972, Haag was the foremost authority on Poverty Point.  There is no charge for the exhibit. 

The French Creole Mourning Customs in Early 19th Century Louisiana exhibition debuts at Magnolia Mound Oct. 12-31.  Visitors can learn about the cultural customs and decorative elements of mourning as practiced by French Creole inhabitants of Louisiana.  The exhibit is located in the back of the Overseer's House across from the Sick Room and admission is charged. 

Magnolia Mound also looks forward to hosting a series of lectures.  Oct. 7, Dr. Rob Mann discusses the findings of a project to locate the archaeological remnants of Irishtown, a working class community in Plaquemine, Louisiana. 

Steven Fullen, director of the plantation, plans to present "Archaeology at Magnolia Mound: From Trash to Treasure" Oct. 14.  Fullen is speaking about how excavations have recovered treasures and been used to fill in gaps in what is known about the people who lived at Magnolia Mound. 

Dr. Chip McGimsey addresses "Archaeology and Oil: How the BP Disaster will Effect Archaeological Sites in the Delta" Oct.21.  McGimsey serves as a state archaeologist and the director of the Louisiana State Division of Archaeology. 

Oct. 28, Bill Lee gives a status update from Build a New Natural Museum for Louisiana.  Lee details the progress and plans behind the effort to build a world class national history museum for Louisiana State University. 

Magnolia Mound holds all lectures from 11:00-noon.  The lectures are free and open to the public but it is asked that you RSVP, as seating is limited.

Call 225-343-4955 or visit www.magnoliamound.org for more information.

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