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Upcoming Events

Society Programs 2016

Saturday May 21, 2016 -

Note: Program will not be held at the Seminary Depot.

The May program for the Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society will be Harry Bolick on "Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s." Bolick sings and performs on fiddles and guitar and he will be sharing many tunes and songs unheard since they were collected in manuscript form in Mississippi in the 1930s, along with engaging stories of the history of their collection and sources. The program will be held at People's Bank in Collins in the upstairs meeting room on May 21, 2016 at 10:00AM. The Bank is located at 710 Main Street in Collins and is open for business during the time of the program. Harry will have some books and CDs for sale but the program is free to the general public. For more information, call Janet Smith at 601-947-4610 or June Ellis at 601-797-3233 or email Smith at
Born in Mississippi, now living in New York, Harry Bolick has focused on, performed, recorded, and taught the classic fiddle tunes from Mississippi. The University Press of Mississippi has just published his book, co-authored by Stephen T. Austin, "Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s." The book publishes for the first time, 180 fiddle tunes collected in 1936 by WPA field workers in Mississippi along with our transcriptions of 140 more tunes that were recorded on the subsequent 1939 WPA/Library of Congress field trip. The book also includes a history of the WPA collecting, photos and bios of many of the source musicians.
Harry's latest recording, his eighth, is "Tunes from the Book", and can be heard at: He teaches fiddle and mandolin weekly in Garrison, NY, and is traveling in the US doing house concerts, workshops, festivals and presentations to share these unique Mississippi fiddle in England has just released a 3 cd set of the compete 1939 Mississippi fiddle and banjo Library of Congress field recordings that are transcribed in the book.
Videos of presentations, performances an more about the book: A short video overview of the book here.

Harry Bolick

10:00am at the Seminary Depot, Seminary, Mississippi

Saturday June 18, 2016 - Meeting at Seminary Depot "Evacuation at Biloxi's Moran site." Presenter: Dr Marie Danforth.

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - Planning the Family Fair

Saturday, Aug 20 - 9:00am til Noon at the Collins Civic Center, Family Fair

Saturday, Sept 17 - Unconfirmed

Saturday, Oct 15 - Dr. Ed Jackson, USM Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology

~ Need Information ~ - The Society is collecting information about all local schools in Covington County. We are hoping to find names of schools, their teachers, students, and locations. Send information to the link below!

Free Websites for Mississippi History -   ~ Click on Archives & Record Services then click on Digital Archives ~ You can also click on the archives catalog for books and matrials at the state archives.

For more information, please contact Janet Smith.