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Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, Inc. (501c3) formed in 2005 with the hope of bringing historic preservation advocacy and educational outreach to the community. As one of our inaugural undertakings we acquired Chalmers Institute and are currently working to not only pay off the bank note on the property but to stabilize and eventually rehabilitate Chalmers Institute into regional resource once more. Constructed in 1837, Chalmers Institute, was Mississippi’s first legislatively recognized University. Within these walls countless leaders, writers, educators, and citizens received the educational foundations that would help to shape their lives, careers, and region’s history. Its enrollment actively continued until 1879 when it became another casualty of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878. This proud structure entered its second life as residence until the 1980s. It now awaits its third life as a contributing member of the community with your help.

Wrecking Ball Discount Presale Tickets Close Sept. 18th

Purchase your tickets before September 18th for a great discount! Purchase tickets here: http://preservemarshallcounty.org/wrecking-ball-tickets/ Related posts: Wrecking Ball Tickets Now on Sale! Purchase Your Tickets Today: Wrecking Ball- Sept. 20th, 2014 Join us for The 6th Annual Wrecking Ball, Sept. 23rd,

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Wrecking Ball Tickets Now on Sale!

If you got time for one more dance…. meet me at the Wrecking Ball!! An Event to Preserve Chalmers Institute, Mississippi’s Oldest Chartered University September 23rd, 2017 6 pm-10 pm The grounds of Chalmers will come alive with a host

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Join us for The 6th Annual Wrecking Ball, Sept. 23rd, 2017

If you got time for one more dance…. meet me at the Wrecking Ball!! An Event to Preserve Chalmers Institute, Mississippi’s Oldest Chartered University September 23rd, 2017    6 pm – 10 pm The grounds of Chalmers will come alive

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Dates Announced for the 2017 Behind the Big House Tour

Join us April 20th- 23rd for the 2017 Behind the Big House Tour. This free informative program happens during the Holly Springs Pilgrimage of Homes. Click here for details. Related posts: Dates Now Set for the Behind the Big House

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Dates Announced for the Wrecking Ball: Oct. 8th, 2016

If you got time for one more dance…. meet me at the Wrecking Ball!! An Event to Preserve Chalmers Institute, Mississippi’s Oldest Chartered University October 8th, 2016    6 pm – 10 pm The grounds of Chalmers will come alive

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Register Now for the Historic Window Restoration Workshop

Historic Window Restoration Workshop Led by Duffy Hoffman This is the first of a series of historic preservation educational workshops in the Building Arts, teaching traditional building techniques. At this workshop you can learn how to…and WHY one should retain,

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Behind the Big House 2016 Schedule

Click here for all tour information. Thursday, April 07th 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – School groups orientation at Hugh Craft House: Craft House slaves quarters/kitchen: Michael Twitty – cooking demonstration; Burton Place lawn – Brick making demonstration; Magnolias slaves quarters:

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Chalmers Institute is Now Available for Tours!

NOW OPEN FOR TOURS!!   Chalmers Institute (1837/1857) – 151 S. West Boundary Street This two-story brick building, built in the Federal style, was Mississippi’s first legislatively recognized University. Within its walls countless leaders, writers, educators and citizens received the

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“Chalmers Institute 1837 – 1879” by Hubert McAlexander NOW AVAILABLE!

Original painting of Chalmers Institute, done by Hubert H. McAlexander, in the 1950s, taking art instruction from Netty Fant Thompson – a local artist trained at the Art Institute of Chicago Hubert H. McAlexander, eminent Marshall County chronicler, historian and

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Schedule for Behind the Big House Now Posted

New This Year!! Archaeological Digging Dr. Carolyn Friewald, Professor of Anthropology & Archaeology at the Universality of Mississippi will conduct field studies of the domestic lives of slaves during the tour; particularly around the food preparation areas. The excavation will

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