Spotlight on Tupelo: Part 1

December 5, 2018

Posted: Dec 11, 2018 1:31 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2018 1:31 PM

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museum curator, your town: tupelo ) hensley, tupelo, lee county,your town: tupelo ) the oren dunn museum was created back in 1984 to help show the rich history of the city of tupelo. rae pounds - curator "i mean it is such a diverse history and the economic impact goes all the way back to the founding fathers. there was a mindset." the museum features important moments in time for the city and lee county "the 1936 tornado that was one of the worst tornado's in us history, it's still number 5. it killed approximately 300 people and injured thousands." "people are probably not aware that this entire region under shallow sea so it's not wonder that people find sharks teeth, things like that." rae pounds is the curator for the museum and shared with me why it is so important to her... "my favorite thing is the stories when we take something into our collection their is a process that we go through." "we ask the people who donate items, tell us about this item." and she shared with me one of the most notable items in the museums possession. "the piano we have in here with the tornado exhibit, it belonged to mayor nanny who was thew mayor at the time of the tornado." pounds shared with me what helped get tupelo on the map in north mississippi "the cities would bid for the railroad, to get the railroad in their community and tupelo won the bid." she says that if a city like verona would have gotten it, that it would be the size of tupelo stand up "and one of the really cool things about this museum is that the museum itself is a part tupelo on the map in north mississippi "the cities would bid for the railroad, to get the railroad in their community and tupelo won the bid." she says that if a city like verona would have gotten it, that it would be the size of tupelo stand up "and one of the really cool things about this museum is that the museum itself is a part of history. this plot of land used to be a farm and this building used to be a barn as you can see the stalls that were used for cattle berthing." the museum hosts tours and programs through the year for people of all ages... "we have living history days, we have a wealth of volunteers who are experts in their fields and they dress up in appropriate clothing and show what life was like in pioneer times." pounds hopes that the museum can be seen as one of the primary attractions in the area... "one of the things we would really like to do is tell everybody hey were here at ballard park right off of rutherford road come here you are going to have a great time and you are going to
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