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Following years of public accolades and awards from the City of Starkville, the state recognized the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum Wednesday evening.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History presented its award to the museum for thriving without paid staff, museum president Joan Wilson said.
â€śWeâ€™ve been very fortunate to have the community behind us,â€ť Wilson said. â€śThis is quite an honor.â€ť
A recent letter from the MDAH states: â€śThe Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum is a model local historical museum. That it is staffed entirely by volunteers is extremely impressive.â€ť
Volunteers from Mississippi State Universityâ€™s School of Architecture helped renovate the museum almost two years ago, while landscape architecture students later installed the cityâ€™s first rain garden to address the museumâ€™s drainage problems.
Michelle Jones, local preservation assistant coordinator for the MDAHâ€™s historic preservation division, said that the department gave out only six awards Thursday.
â€śThe Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum has worked with us on their collections policy and have done a great job in cataloguing their displays,â€ť Jones said. â€śThat doesnâ€™t happen in all communities in our state.â€ť
Located on 206 Fellowship Street, the museum was established in 1976 to celebrate Americaâ€™s 200th birthday.
The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on selected Saturdays. Tours are available by resignation.
For information, call 323-0211 or visit the website at http://www.oktibbehaheritagemuseum.com.