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STARKVILLE - On Saturday, January 20, on the Mississippi State campus, MSU Libraries opened its doors, welcoming the Starkville community to an evening of fellowship, fun, discovery, and entertainment.

Sponsored by the MSU Libraries and the Friends of the Libraries, the 2007 Libraries Showcase & Fundraiser offered a rare opportunity to discover a trove of wonderful Collections held in University Archives and the Libraries' Special Collections department, as well as a chance to visit with Libraries and University faculty & staff and Starkville community members while touring Mitchell Memorial Library.

In addition to the John Grisham Room and Collection, the John C. Stennis and G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Collections, and the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum, Sheet Music, and Instrument Collection, numerous other Collections and donations to the Libraries and University were on display throughout the building.  A detailed display of memorabilia, papers, photos, clothing, and more spanned the decades from the Mississippi A&M years through our present-day Foglesong era.  Showcase attendees were able to visit with costumer Myrna Colley-Lee while viewing her outstanding Collection of renderings, costumes, and theatre memorabilia.  A complete set of Sanborn Mississippi fire insurance maps; a collection of Rookwood pottery and correspondence; Civil War song sheets; Major I. D. Sessums' Haviland china & 1940s-era YMCA and cafeteria serving pieces; CHARM "Farm Family of the Week" recordings and agricultural items; Lois Kaufman's Collection of musical instruments; theatre scripts, posters, and photos from the Collections of Colley-Lee, Beth Henley, and Dana Andrews and much more were exhibited throughout Mitchell Memorial Library.

Food, fellowship, and entertainment were also parts of the evening's events.  Dr. Michael Brown's State Messengers filled the evening with jazz riffs and rhythms; Mrs. Jennifer Blackbourn played piano in the John Grisham Room, underscoring the Grisham & Colley-Lee Collections; Mr. Chip Templeton and his piano skills were featured in the Templeton Music Museum; and Dr. Bruce Lesley, Ms. Madeline Golden, and Mr. Lyle Tate sang and performed on the Library's first floor.  Food tables with coffee, punch, and hors d'oeuvres were stationed throughout the building, as well.

The evening was designed as a fund-raising event from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for the Friends of the Libraries wherein patrons can view these excellent Collections and, at the same time, see all that MSU Libraries has to offer on a daily basis to the MSU campus and Starkville community.  Tickets were $15 each and will be available at the door on Saturday night.



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