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Mississippi Heritage Trust

Listen Up! Historic Preservation Conference and Heritage Awards

Ocean Springs, June 6-8, 2018

Presented by BankPlus



Mississippi Heritage Trust Recognizes 43 Outstanding Preservation Victories and Heroes at 2018 Heritage Awards Celebration

It was standing room only on Thursday, June 7, as preservationists from around the state gathered at the historic Ocean Springs Community Center to celebrate 43 amazing achievements in historic preservation. Presented by BankPlus, the Heritage Award featured the Mississippi Heritage Trust's symbolic magnolia as interpreted by noted Mississippi artist Anthony DiFatta.  

From the breathtaking restoration of the Mississippi State Capitol to the moving explorations in film that are part of Blue Magnolia Films’ Celebrating Storytellers Bicentennial Project, this year’s awards recognized the hard work and commitment of many individuals, civic organizations, educational institutions and local, county and state governments to preserve the places that tell the story of Mississippi.  A special award presented this year honored the forty years of service by Ken P’Pool, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. 


Photographs and descriptions of Heritage Award recipients can be found here:


2018 Heritage Awards

Heritage Awards for Restoration
Columbus City Hall
Clarksdale Fire Station
Starkville Police Department
Bolivar County Courthouse, Cleveland
Madison County Courthouse, Canton
Pike County Courthouse, Holmesville
Hinds Community College, Administration Building, Raymond
Mississippi State University YMCA, Starkville
Millsaps Hotel Exterior Restoration, Hazlehurst
Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, Jackson
Dr. Gilbert R. Mason, Sr. Medical Office, Biloxi
Rich Grain Distilling Co., Canton
Wier Boerner Allin Architecture, Jackson
Crosby Building, Canton
DANE Building, Canton
Merrill-Beasley House, Jackson
The Wierhouse, Brandon
Molly’s Place, Grenada
White Pillars, Biloxi
Wynne House Inn, Holly Springs
Fyke House, Jackson

Heritage Award for Archaeology
Moran Site, Biloxi

Heritage Awards for Education
The Mississippi Encyclopedia
Blue Magnolia Films-Emmett Till Fellowship Documentary Project
Blue Magnolia Films Celebrating Storytellers Bicentennial Project
The La Pointe-Krebs House Interpretive Museum, Pascagoula
Mississippi Department of Archives and History Two Mississippi Museums, Jackson
Biloxi Historic Cemetery Tour

Heritage Awards for Excellence in Stewardship
Mississippi State Hospital, Whitfield
Sedgewood Plantation, Canton

Heritage Awards for Catalyst Projects
Capitol Art Lofts, Jackson
Lofts at 517, Greenville

Heritage Awards for Organizational Achievement
Heritage Guild of Vicksburg and Warren County
Historic Ocean Springs Association

Mississippi Heritage Trust and Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic District Preservation

Mill Village Neighborhood Association, Tupelo

Heritage Award for Excellence in African American Preservation
Jackson State University Mt. Olive Cemetery Documentation and Preservation, Jackson

President’s Award for Outstanding Restoration
Mississippi State Capitol Exterior Restoration

Heritage Awards for Distinguished Service
Jessica Crawford
Dr. Scott Crawford
Liz Ford
Barbara Ray Kidd

Heritage Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy
Senator Thad Cochran

Libby and Al Hollingsworth Award
Ken P’Pool

To learn more, email or give MHT a call at 601-354-0200.