Saturday, February 8, 2014

Mississippi College and Clinton, MS

Walter Howell, Clinton (MS) Historian, is providing three presentations this month on the history of Clinton and Mississippi College.  Live streaming is available at 7 p.m. on February 6th, 13th,  and 20th of 2014.

Archived videos of the Clinton (MS) History Presentation Series will also be available after each program.  The initial presentation titled "Clinton Founders" focused on the three officials from the federal land office in Jackson who were instrumental in starting Hampstead Academy in 1826 and founding the Town of Clinton in 1829.

"Clinton During Flush Times and Panic" on February 13th will cover the decade of the 1830's when Mississippi College was chartered and flourished while the Town of Clinton became a trade center for Hinds County. Town and Gown's prosperity ended with the panic of 1837.

The February 20th program, "Clinton: Politics and Dueling" will tell the story of the personal quarrel between President Andrew Jackson and Senator George Poindexter that led to the famous Caldwell-Gwinn duel in Clinton in 1836.

Howell's presentations are based on the research and writing for the forthcoming history of Clinton and Mississippi College: Town and Gown.