Tishomingo County Historical and Genealogical Society

The Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society was established and chartered as a non-profit organization by the State of Mississippi. Any person, family, or organization interested in the objectives of the Society shall be eligible for membership. Serving Belmont, Burnsville, Golden, Iuka, Tishomingo and the surrounding communities since 1996, the Society works to preserve old history while making new history.

Say “I DO” or Renew Your Vows at the Historic Old Tishomingo County Courthouse during Iuka Heritage Day – August 30, 2014

Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society (TCHGS) is offering couples the chance to marry or renew their vows at the historic Tishomingo County Courthouse during the annual Iuka Heritage Day Festival. All ceremonies will take place on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

Couples who wish to celebrate their marriage at a historic landmark or renew their marriage, maybe to celebrate a special anniversary, can do so in style at the historic Old Tishomingo County Courthouse Museum. The ceremony has a range of options that allow couples to personalize their ceremony. Many couples who renew their vows have children and there are options to involve them in the ceremony.

For additional information or to schedule a private ceremony, download flyer or visit us in person at 203 East Quitman Street, Iuka, MS  38852. Hours of operation for July – September are Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You may also call 662-423-3500.

Museums’ Funding Sources Gone Bone Dry – New Hours Announced

Decreases in private donations and public financing are forcing the Tishomingo County Archives & History Museum to make cutbacks for the rest of the year. Effective July 1, the museum will reduce its hours to 16 hours per week. This decision did not come lightly” says TCAHM president Cindy Nelson.  “It was hard to decide what days to cut because we have an almost equal number of visitors per day. Today, we had 16 visitors which included a couple from Hanceville, Alabama celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. How disappointing it will be when people drive up and see our closed sign but we have no choice,” Nelson explains further.

These changes are necessary due to lack of direct funding and adequate private donations to the museum. The Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society (TCHGS) who are stewards of the Old Tishomingo County Courthouse have exhausted all their reserves and must make these adjustments in order to meet their monthly and year-end expenses. Two employees who already donate half of their time have volunteered to stay on without pay until this crisis goes away.

TCHGS is comprised of 142 members. 65 members are out-of-state members and the majority of members pay the minimum dues which are $30.00. “While generous donations have been received from a handful of individuals, it’s not enough to support the operation of a museum and county archives,” says Nelson. We will see how the adjustments work out for us, we’ll make additional adjustments as they are warranted, and we’ll take another look at how we will operate in 2015. For sure, TCHGS is as strong as ever, we will continue the work of the Society throughout Tishomingo County and we welcome new members and fully taxable donations via the web at www.tishomingohistory.com or by mail at TCHGS, P.O. Box 273, Iuka, MS 38852.

The group presented their 2015 funding request to the Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors on Monday. The total request was for $65,000 from the county, with TCHGS providing an additional $10,150 to meet the total budget of $75,150 to adequately run the facility. “That’s all we can commit from this point forward,” Nelson goes on to say. TCHGS contributions, including those donated by others have mounted from $9K to $48K annually over the past 10 years, that’s quite a heavy load for our small organization to take on.

Effective July 1 (until further notice) museum hours will be Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Donate or join our membership on-line today and help us support the operation of Tishomingo County's Archives & History Museum.

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