The 2009 Historic Natchez Conference will be held in Natchez October 8-10 and shares the title of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, Journey Stories, which will be a feature of the conference. The exhibit is produced in cooperation with the Mississippi Humanities Council and co-sponsored by the Goldring/Woldenberg Institution of Southern Jewish Life and the Historic Natchez Foundation.
The Historic Natchez Conference, with all sessions being free of charge, fosters the study, preservation, and appreciation of the history of the Natchez region by providing a forum for established scholars, graduate students, archivists and the general public to share research, resources and ideas. The Conference continues its tradition of highlighting the role of archival collections in researching and interpreting the history of the American South.
The conference is an outgrowth of the Adams County Courthouse Records Project, a public records preservation and research program initiated in 1992 by California State University, Northridge, and the Historic Natchez Foundation, with major funding and assistance provided by the Natchez National Historical Park. Graduate students serve as interns in a comprehensive summer program involving conservation, research, and interpretation of multiple manuscript sources. Most of the student papers presented at the conference are products of that program.
For more information about the conference, including the complete program, visit the conference website.