Saturday, June 2, 2007

Historical Society Photographic Archives Being Published Online

The Itawamba Historical Society has begun a new project with the goal of providing more Itawamba County historical content online. The result of the new project is the society having published an Itawamba County photographic archives online. Hundreds of Itawamba County archival photographs are housed in the society's Gaither Spradling Library and so far, 75 of those photographs have been published online. The goal of this special project is to publish the society's entire collection online. The society also invites visitors to submit copies of old Itawamba County photographs for inclusion in the photographic archives. Copies may be mailed to the society at its regular address or emailed to the society. Simply click the "Contact the Society" link on this page. This photograph of the old Mantachie Hotel was taken from the society's photographic archives.

The old Mantachie Hotel was built during the 1880s and was located on Church Street opposite the current location of the Itawamba Historical Society's headquarters. Notice in this photograph, the hotel's kitchen is a separate building from the hotel (right portion of photograph background). The hotel was later made into a one-story building and served as a boarding house. The boarding house was run by Rev. Benjamin and Jane Cockrell East. For a much larger view of the photograph, click on the image.

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