Schedule of Events October 2004


For October, the SCHF Humanities Lecture Series celebrates Mississippi's

The Manufacture and Use of
Indian Trade Guns

Thursday, October 7
7:00 p.m.
Academy Building

Join us for a lecture and demonstration lead by Bob Heath covering the general history of the manufacture of Indian Trade Guns with archaic methods beginning in the late 1600s and ex-tending up to the early 1900s. Learn about the role of T.M. Hamilton in defining trade gun types and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese methods of manufacturing barrels. The program will also cover the history of the Chickasaw camp in Tupelo, where many trade guns have been discovered, as well as the guns found at Fort St. Peter, near Redwood and the surrounding area.

Bob Heath is an engineer with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He has been interested in the manufacturing of trade guns for 30 years, obtaining various original guns. He travels the country giving talks about French and English gun manufacturing and demonstrations of how gun barrels were forged.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Please use the courtyard entrance on Adams Street. This event is sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Mississippi Archaeology Association.

The Southern Book Club meets each month.  There is no fee and it is open to the public.  New members are welcome.

This month:
The Great Influenza
by John M. Barry
Wednesday, October 27
7 p.m.

Call the SCHF office for meeting location.

Special Event:
Bill Banfield

Sunday, October 10 2:00 p.m.
Admission: $5
SCHF Auditorium

Bill Banfield, renowned composer, author, pianist, jazz artist, band leader, and recording artist will lead a lecture, demonstration, and discussion on The Role of the Pop Musician in Contemporary Society. Local artists, Jeanne Evans and Denise Ragsdale, will perform the 3rd movement of Hope Symphony, Banfield's latest composition.

Banfield will address the various influences on contemporary music, from 17th century composer/violinist Chevalier de St. Georges to jazz giant Duke Ellington. He will discuss the root of contemporary popular music and comment on future possibilities for the next generation. Musicians, music enthusiasts, and students are encouraged to attend.

This event was made possible by Ameristar Casino, the Vicksburg Community Concerts Programming Fund, and the Vicksburg Music Teachers Association.

Sunday, Oct. 10 from 5 - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 24 from 5 - 7 p.m.

The SCHF offers ballroom dance classes twice monthly. James Frechette, owner of the Applause Dance Factory in Ridgeland, MS, will teach classes in ballroom, latin, country/western, and swing dance. October will focus on the Foxtrot.

Individuals and couples are welcome. The fee is $20 per person for each 2 hour session.


Four Seasons of the Arts and
Vicksburg Heritage Inc. present the

Wednesday, October 20
7:00 p.m.
SCHF Auditorium
Admission: $12

Join us for an evening of classical guitar featuring Giovanni De Chiaro, Michael Boyd, Chas Evans, and Steve Kennedy.

Select buildings on property will be available for tour beginning at 6:00 p.m. with refreshments served. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Please use the Crawford Street entrance. The $ 12 fee may be paid at the door or tickets may be purchased at SCHF in advance.

Mark your calendar for

author of
The Epic Story of the Deadliest
Plague in History

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Sponsored by
River Region Health System

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Vicksburg, MS  39180
(601) 631-2997


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