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Joint Membership Meeting

Tuesday, July 22. 2014

Dan Fairly, President of the Brandon Historical & Genealogical Society called the meeting to order and began with offering prayer. There were approximately 18-20 in attendance. He welcomed members of both Societies and guests, and introduced the meeting’s speaker, Todd Sanders with MDAH. Todd began speaking on his new book that he coauthored with Paul Kapp that will be available in February 2015, entitled The Architecture of William Nichols: Building the Antebellum South in North Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. William Nicholson (1780-1873) was born in Bath, England and was a cabinet maker. He settled in North Carolina where he began his architectural career. He then moved to Alabama, designing buildings, then to New Orleans. He came to Mississippi in 1830s where he designed the Old Capital and Governor’s Mansion. There are many other buildings that display his style of architecture that he is credited for his contribution. Todd also discussed the topics of the classes he teaches online at Mississippi College and those through the Millsap’s Community Enrichment Program. Then he answered questions about Mississippi Architectural History. We thanked Todd for coming and sharing this interesting information with us and wished him success in his newest book.

Other business: Treasurer’s Report states total funds on hand as $10,502.92 and a portion of this will be spent on the engraved brick project at both cemeteries. The next joint membership meeting will be hosted by the Rankin County Historical Society on September 23 at the Brandon Library. There will not be a general meeting in November since this date falls the same week as Thanksgiving. Officer election committee will be appointed at the next board meeting on August 26th, and report will be given at the joint meeting in September, with installation in January, 2015. Penny Schooler gave a report from the Brandon Preservation Commission on activities within the historic district.

Rankin County announced that John McMasters will have his family members in Brandon for dedication at cemetery on November 1. He is working with Sons of Confederate Veterans to have reenactment.

Dan thanked those who furnished refreshments for the meeting and closed the meeting with prayer.

Respectfully submitted by:

Penny Schooler, Corresponding Secretary for

Frances Pearson, Recording Secretary (who was absent)