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.

Join us in Corinth on October 11, 2014, for the Old Tishomingo County History Fair sponsored by Alcorn County Genealogical Society, Prentiss County Genealogical Society and Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society. Here's the information on this year's event!


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JOHN MARSHALL STONE, Mississippi’s Honorable and Longest Serving Governor

 by Ben Earl Kitchens

 John Marshall Stone served the State of Mississippi during one of its most critical and tumultuous times following the Reconstruction era and utilized his leadership skills and business acumen to help pull Mississippi out of the depths of social and financial mire. Little has been written about the scope of the monumental services he provided to Mississippi, all of which were performed in the exemplary and professional manner of a true statesman.

Stone was 25 years of age when he planted his feet on the firm graveled soil of the hills at Eastport, Mississippi, in 1855 where he worked as a clerk in the mercantile establishment of Col. W. R. Price, the largest landowner and merchant of the prosperous village by the river.

He moved to Iuka in the fall of 1857 and shortly thereafter found a job in the new railroad depot. By then, Iuka was thriving, as was Tishomingo County as a whole. Stone served as mayor of Iuka from 1866-1868. Later in the same year, 1866, he was elected county treasurer of Tishomingo County.

During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate Army, achieved the rank of colonel, and participated in the important battles of Antietam, Gettysburg, and the Wilderness. After the war, he entered politics in Mississippi, was elected to the Mississippi State Senate, and eventually served three terms as governor of Mississippi.

During his tenure as governor, Stone set standards for honesty, integrity, and good government that have rarely been matched by other Mississippi politicians. At times he even encouraged the State Legislature to pass laws that would improve the condition of the former slaves.

Not only is this American History dialogue recommended as an educational tool for high school and college history classes, it conveys a knowledge of Mississippi’s rich heritage in the minds and homes of all readers.

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 August 1 (until further notice) museum hours will be Wednesday 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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