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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.

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

“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

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

Dates Now Set for the Behind the Big House 2015 Tour

Join us April 7th- 12th for the 2015 Behind the Big House Tour. This free informative program happens during the Holly Springs Pilgirmage of Homes. Click here for details. Related posts: See Faulkner’s Inspiration in the Behind the Big House

Tickets Are Now on Sale for the 2014 Christmas Home Tour!

December 6th & 7th, 2014 Purchase Tickets Today: Advance Online Tickets $15 *Tickets are $20 after December 1st and can be purchased at the Marshall County Historical Museum at 220 East College Avenue. Call 662-252-3669 or go to www.facebook.com/mchistoricalmuseum for group rates

Purchase Your Tickets Today: Wrecking Ball- Sept. 20th, 2014

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 20th, 2014 6 pm-10 pm The grounds of Chalmers will come alive with a host

Tickets On Sale Now: Christmas Home Tour- Dec. 6th&7th

December 6th & 7th, 2014 Purchase Tickets Today: Advance Online Tickets $15 *Tickets are $20 after December 5th and can be purchased at the Marshall County Historical Museum at 220 East College Avenue. Call 662-252-3669 or go to www.facebook.com/mchistoricalmuseum for group rates

Behind the Big House Recognized by Mississippi Heritage Trust

    6.19. 2014 – Nice article in The South Reporter, with much thanks to our indispensable partners David Person with “Gracing the Table” – a local initiative that claims PMCHS’ “Behind the Big House” program as their genesis point.

Join us for the Behind the Big House Tour

Delve behind the hoop-skirts and mint juleps to the hard life behind the big house. The south has a rich and varied history. The storybook life seen on the silver screen is often just one side of our past. Behind

Help Preserve Marshall County and Holly Springs

Become a sustaining member of Preserve Marshall County and Holly Springs: $5,000- Founder & Lifetime Member $500- Benefactor $250- Patron $100- Sustainer $___- Friend Join Us in Preserving Our Treasures! Friend$50.00 USDSustainer$100.00 USDPatron$250.00 USDBenefactor$500.00 USDLifetime Member$5,000.00 USDBuddy$25.00 USD No related

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