An Event to Preserve Chalmers Institute, Mississippi’s Oldest Chartered University
October 3rd, 2015
6 pm-10 pm
The grounds of Chalmers will come alive with a host of artists, authors, musicians and historians who have donated their appearances for the evening. The Ball will not only highlight regional cultural treasures, but also provide dinner and beverages and a silent auction featuring regional art!
|Shannon McNally, Performing Musician & National Recording Artist
Shannon McNally got her first guitar and JJ Cale album at the age of 12 and never looked back. Combined with the classic rock she grew up listening to – The Allman Brothers, Dr. John and Hendrix – it’s the musical center of gravity she brought to her 2002 Capitol Records debut Jukebox Sparrow gaining notice from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Leno and Letterman. This decidedly rare approach for a woman drew the same accolades for indie-based Geronimo, helmed by Charlie Sexton. Now, Shannon, along with New Orleans musical legend Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack have made a new LP to try and shine a spotlight on the work of Bobby Charles. Charles wrote such instantly recognizable hits as “See You Later Alligator,” “Walking to New Orleans” and “But I Do,” but the reclusive singer/songwriter, who passed away in 2010, is relatively unknown for his own recordings. Small Town Talk is an album of songs by the great but under-appreciated American songwriter, which features guest performances by Derek Trucks, Will Sexton, Luther Dickinson, and Vince Gill. Click here to read more about Shannon’s latest album Small Town Talk.
|Hubert McAlexander, Author and Historian
Hubert is a Josiah Meigs Professor of English, Emeritus, at the University of Georgia. Winner of the Creative Research Medal in 2002, McAlexander has also been given two Beaver Teaching Awards. He has published ten books including the now available “CHALMERS INSTITUTE 1837 – 1879” which depicts the history of our proud edifice. A fabled teacher of Southern literature, he lives in Athens but is a descendant of several Chalmers Institute alumni.
|John Leeke, Historic HomeWorks
John is a registered building assessor for the federal Heritage Preservation, Conservation Assessment Program, who is a preservation consultant for practical economical solutions. John is known for creative, cost saving preservation tactics and hosts the very informative blog Historic HomeWork which provides informative videos and articles on historic preservation.
|Honored Guest: Malcolm White, Visit Mississippi Director
Malcolmn joined MDA in 2013 after serving as the executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) for seven years. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing the agency’s staff and operations while driving its mission of supporting and celebrating the arts in Mississippi and its creative culture. Prior to joining MAC, White spent years working his way through the ranks of the hospitality industry, leading him and his brother Hal to open Hal & Mal’s, a popular downtown Jackson restaurant and entertainment venue. He is also founder of the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, which benefits the Batson’s Hospital for Children and attracts more than 75,000 visitors from around the country to Jackson each year, and WellsFest, a family festival held each year in Jackson.Malcolm is now leading the Visit Mississippi campaign to advocate for and primate “Mississippi’s Creative Economy” as well as driving the Historic Trails Program which includes the Mississippi Blues Trail.
Couple Advance Tickets: $75 ($100 at the door)
* Chalmers Institute still stands at the same location (151 S. W. Boundary Rd.) as one of the city’s oldest buildings and as one of the state’s most endangered yet historically significant structures. Preserve Marshall County and Holly Springs, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, works toward the stabilization and renovation of Chalmers Institute as part of the mission to protect the historic resources and cultural legacy of the county and city.
For more information call The Marshall County Historical Museum at (662) 252-3669.