The Delta Center Newsletter
Special Edition featuring the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area
 

 
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Greetings all,

This special edition of The Delta Center Newsletter highlights several exciting developments with the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MDNHA). As many of you know, The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University serves as the management entity for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MDNHA). As director of The Delta Center, I also serve as Executive Director of the MDNHA.
 
I am honored to share that The Delta Center at Delta State University and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area each have been bestowed 2016 National Park Service Centennial Awards for creating the Delta Jewels Oral History Partnership. This is quite an esteemed recognition. To my knowledge, Delta State is the only higher education institution and the MDNHA is the only National Heritage Area in the country that have received 2016 NPS Centennial Awards. 
 
The goal of the National Park Service Centennial is to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates by delivering activities, programs, and services that honor, examine, and interpret America's complex heritage. The Delta Jewels Oral History Partnership  achieved this by engaging over 1,000 Mississippi Delta residents and visitors in honoring the lives and legacies of over 50 African American church mothers featured in Alysia Burton Steele's oral history and portrait collection Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother's Wisdom.


Special announcements about the NPS Centennial Awards were published by the National Park Service Southeastern Regional Office, Mississippi Business Journal, and Delta State University . It should be noted that the MDNHA celebrated the National Park Service Centennial in a number of other ways. The MDNHA and The Delta Center organized an  opening reception with Delta State University's 2015 Winning the Race conference  featuring former National Park Service director Bob Stanton. Also, the  MDNHA Passport to Your National Parks  program  attracted NPS Centennial travelers  and a  MDNHA promotional video  was screened at a NPS Centennial film festival in Atlanta. Since its release, the video has been viewed over 20,000 times on social media.

We hope that you will enjoy this special edition of The Delta Center Newsletter dedicated to the MDNHA. As always, thank you for your continued support.





Rolando Herts, Ph.D.
Director, The Delta Center for Culture and Learning
Delta State University, Cleveland, MS


MDNHA Receives Recognition from National Park Service


The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area was recently recognized for it's work by the National Park Service. The recognition was for creating the Delta Jewels Oral History Partnership.

The cultural heritage interpretation project has honored the lives of unsung Mississippi Delta church mothers featured in Alysia Burton Steele's book, "Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother's Wisdom." The MDNHA was the only National Heritage Area to receive a NPS Centennial Award this year.

As part of that recognition, a press release crafted by NPS was sent to media outlets around the world. 


Additional releases can be seen at the following links.


 
 



The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area recently hosted administrators for the projects that have received funding through the MDNHA's grant program. The organization has funded over $300,000 over the last two years to cultural heritage development projects throughout the Mississippi Delta.

The funded work celebrates the diversity of the Delta's rich cultural heritage including restoration of historical sites such as the St. Francis Xavier Convent in Vicksburg, establishment of a museum featuring the legacy of Dr. L. C. Dorsey at the Delta Health Center in the historic black town of Mound Bayou, examination of Delta Chinese culture's influence on Delta cuisine, and celebration of the "Chitlin' Circuit Years" during B.B. King Day at Mississippi Valley State University

For the third year in a row, the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area will be awarding approximately $200,000 in grants to organizations working on cultural heritage development projects in the Mississippi Delta.

Individual grant awards are available up to a maximum of $24,500.










The MDNHA recently installed a series of orientation exhibit banners at the four state welcome centers located throughout the region. This is another key action item from the MDNHA Management Plan that has now been completed.

The exhibits consist of two banners that give visitors general information about the MDNHA. The first banner highlights the MDNHA's five cultural heritage themes.  The second banner features an image of an iconic Mississippi Delta landmark in the area surrounding each of the welcome centers. 


2016 Grant Recipient Updates

Learn more about how these MDNHA grantee organizations are 
advancing cultural heritage education and development in the Mississippi Delta!

If you would like learn more, you may  visit the grants page on our website , or signup to our grants-specific email list to receive information as soon as we have things finalized.


If you've not visited the  NPS Heritage & Historic Preservation Facebook page , we encourage you to do so. There are lots of wonderful things happening in conjunction with our national parks!
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For more information on The Delta Center for Culture and Learning, please visit  http://deltacenterdsu.com/ 

For more information on the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, please visit  www.msdeltaheritage.com

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