CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE PAST
Board of Directors and Officers, LJPHS
WHAT ACTUAL STEPS DO WE HOPE TO TAKE TO ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION AND COMMUNICATE THE IDEAS IN OUR STATEMENT OF BELIEFS?
To restore the plantation house to the 1850-1890 time period
The restoration would be defined as an "adaptive reuse" of the building and would be conducted according to guidelines associated with the National Register of Historic Places. Building use would be geared towards the following activities:
To clear and define the "quarters" area to show and interpret the activities and physical space once occupied by the plantations African-American resident community.
This would be based on the archaeological and historical research that has been conducted in this area for the past ten years.
To develop traveling exhibits, slide shows, and brochures to show to visitors and to take to schools and community groups.
To sponsor community-wide activities to communicate and celebrate the history of this plantation and of this region.
To provide a comfortable, park-like setting for people to enjoy the site and the history programs offered.
To design one or more outdoor archaeology learning areas for hands-on exercises, demonstrations, etc.
To have demonstrations of "real-life" activities that people might have done in the past.
To provide living space for a 24-hour on-site security person.
To hire a local resident to serve as Executive Director of the Society.
To develop signage for the plantation grounds.
To have an active membership program to provide a ongoing source of funds, ideas, visitors, volunteers, etc.
To publish the Sallie McNeill Diary and other documents as they become available
To build a multi-purpose educational center on plantation grounds.
This building would be new construction, and would house the following kinds of activities:
For information about how you can get involved in making these things happen, see How to get involved.
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‹ Carol McDavid 1998