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Museum, fair host annual photo contest

CORINTH, Miss. … The Crossroads Museum is joining with the Alcorn County Fair to host the museum’s 13th Annual Photo Contest.

Photos will be displayed Sept. 16-20 at the fair, Crossroads Arena, 2800 S. Harper Road, Corinth. The contest is open to all ages, but professional photographers (defined as those who make 50 percent or more of their income from photography) are ineligible.

The seven categories of entry are action/sports, vacations, macro (close-ups, flowers, insects), pets/animals/wildlife/fowl, portrait/people, still life (landscapes, sunsets, waterfalls, buildings, textures) and youth (camera or cell phone photos, entrant must be 17-years-old or younger).

Entry fee for the first three photos is $10 per photo and $5 per entry thereafter. Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to the Crossroads Museum. Photos must be submitted unframed and unmated in an 8-by-10 format and can be digital or film and black and white or color. Photos can’t have been previously published. Photos which won an award in any previous museum photo contest are ineligible. A completed entry form is required per entrant. Photos must have name, address, phone number, title of the photo and category of entry on the back. Entry grants museum right to publish photo. Photos will be treated as works of art and displayed in page protectors.

Entries will be accepted from through Sept. 12 by 4 p.m. at the Crossroads Museum. Photos will be on display at the museum from Sept. 23 through Nov. 9. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the museum. Photos may be submitted in person or mailed to the Crossroads Museum, 221 N. Fillmore St., Corinth, MS 38834. Entries will not be accepted at the Alcorn County Fair.

Staff members from the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter will select 13 entries from the pets/animals/wildlife/fowl category for the shelter’s 2015 calendar.

While the photos are on display at the fair, visitors can vote on their favorite. The winner will receive a People’s Favorite ribbon. The other categories will be blind judged. The photo judged best-of-show will win a ribbon and $100. First, second and third place in each category win ribbons. Each 1st place will receive $50. Each 2nd place will receive a 2015 entry fee waiver worth $10. The 1st place winner of the category with the most entries will receive additionally a free boat rental, complements of Pickwick Boat Rentals. The 1st place winner of the category with the second highest entries will receive additionally a free dinner for two, complements of The Chophouse.

Photo contest entry forms are at the Crossroads Museum, 221 N. Fillmore St., Corinth, and at crossroadsmuseum.com and alcornfair.com

For more information, contact Brandy Steen at director@crossroadsmuseum.com or 662-287-3120.

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Museum, fair host annual photo contest

CORINTH, Miss. … The Crossroads Museum is joining with the Alcorn County Fair to host the museum's 12th Annual Photo Contest.
Photos will be displayed Sept. 17-21 at the fair, Crossroads Arena, 2800 S. Harper Road, Corinth. The contest is open to all ages, but professional photographers (defined as those who make 50 percent or more of their income from photography) are ineligible. Photos must have been taken on or after Jan. 1, 2012.
The seven categories of entry are architectural landscape (photos must include a man-made structure), natural landscape, people, pets/animals/wildlife, blossoms, vacations and digitally edited. All photos except those in the "vacation" category must have been taken in north Mississippi, south Tennessee or west Alabama.
Entry fee for the first three photos is $10 per photo and $5 per entry thereafter. Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to the Crossroads Museum. Photos must be submitted unframed and unmated in an 8-by-10 format and can be digital or film and black and white or color. Photos can't have been previously published. Photos which won an award in any previous Crossroads Museum or Alcorn County Fair photo contest are ineligible. A completed entry form is required per entrant. Photos must have name, address, phone number, title of the photo and category of entry on the back. Entrants must agree to their photos being on display and possibly published in the Daily Corinthian and online. Photos will be treated as works of art and displayed in page protectors.
Entries will be accepted from Aug. 14 through Sept. 16 at the Crossroads Museum. Photos will be on display at the Alcorn County Fair Sept. 17-21 and the Crossroads Museum from Sept. 25 through Nov. 16. Winners will be contacted by phone. Photos may be submitted in person or mailed to The Crossroads Museum, 221 N. Fillmore St., Corinth, MS 38834. Entries will not be accepted at the Alcorn County Fair.
Photographers also will have the opportunity to release their photos to the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for use in promotional items and advertising. These photos must be taken in Corinth.
While the photos are on display at the fair, visitors can vote on their favorite. The winner will receive a People's Favorite ribbon. The other categories will be blind judged. The photo judged best-of-show will win a ribbon and $150. First, second and third place in each category win ribbons
Photo contest entry forms are at the Crossroads Museum, 221 N. Fillmore St., Corinth, and at crossroadsmuseum.com and alcornfair.com
For more information, contact Brandy Steen at director@crossroadsmuseum.com or 662-287-3120.


Museum launches World War II exhibit
CORINTH, Miss. … The Crossroads Museum's summer exhibit "Honor and Courage" features local World War II veterans' military uniforms, weapons, photos and more.
A combination of items from the museum archives and items on loan along with photos from the Alcorn County Genealogical Society make up the exhibit. One of the many locals featured in the exhibit include Clifford Worsham, whose family has loaned the museum several personal war-related items. Worsham was an engineer with the construction battalion of the U.S. Navy Seabees in the Pacific. The exhibit also includes a selection of medals that have been donated to the museum through the years and a number of rare Hiroshima photos by Col. William Sharpe of the X Corps.
Photos of veterans from the genealogical society's World War II book and the museum's holdings will go on the "Wall of Honor". The public is welcome to contribute photos as well. The museum will make a copy of the photo for the wall at that time. The original photo will be returned to the person. Several World War I items are also on display.
Along with the exhibit, audio interviews with local veterans conducted through a grant to the museum have been added to the museum's website. The interviews were recently converted to digital format for the web.
The "Honor and Courage" exhibit opens on Monday, July 8, and is on display through Saturday, September 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
The Crossroads Museum is at 221 N. Fillmore St, downtown Corinth. Admission is $5. Museum members and those 16 and younger are free; 50 and older are $3. Details, ww.crossroadsmuseum.com


Museum hosts Mississippi Scenes watercolor exhibition
CORINTH, Miss. … The Crossroads Museum is proud to welcome the original watercolor art exhibition of the late Jackson artist Thomas "Tom" Cochran. The "Mississippi Scenes" traveling exhibition opens at the museum on Tuesday, April 16, and is on display through Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
Thomas L. "Tom" Cochran was a multi-faceted artist. Experts considered him a master of watercolor; he also was a sculptor, woodcarver and designer. Born in Walters, Okla., in 1938, Cochran moved to Jackson in 1959 following a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy. Other than a brief period in Brookhaven, he lived in Jackson until his death in 2006.
In 1991 two of his impressionistic paintings won awards of merit from Watercolor Encounter at Louisiana Tech University. His creations are in private and corporate collections throughout the country. Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush each owned commissioned Cochran carvings as well as limited edition prints.
A strong sense of family and love of country are recurrent themes in Cochran's works. He created familiar scenes of rural and small town Americana. His poignant paintings of weather-worn buildings and faded, forgotten, once-prized possessions evoke a feeling of nostalgia. Cochran was best known for his finely detailed style. His paintings leave viewers wondering if they are looking at paintings or photographs; "creative realism" best described his execution of the watercolor medium.
The Crossroads Museum is at 221 N. Fillmore St, downtown Corinth. Admission is $5. Museum members and those 16 and younger are free; 50 and older are $3. Details, ww.crossroadsmuseum.com




The Civil War Archives opens
at museum
By Jebb Johnston -
Daily Corinthian
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Thursday,
March 1, 2012
The Crossroads Museum is expanding its hours of operation to seven days a week for a limited time to coincide with increased Civil War Sesquicentennial activities during the next couple of months.
The museum is normally closed on Mondays, but that will change this coming Monday as the museum opens from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The museum will open on Mondays throughout March and into April.
“This will be a trial and if it’s really successful, we may take it on through the summer,” said Museum Director Brandy Steen. “If you want to come and have more of a personal tour of the museum, Mondays would be a good day.”
The depot museum hopes to catch some of the traffic expected in town in connection with the Shiloh battle reenactment and other activities.
A featured exhibit during the period is “The Civil War Archives,” a collection of Civil War artifacts from various sources that have not been shown at the museum in recent years. Steen has just finished putting the exhibit together and suggested it would be a nice stop this weekend for people visiting the Corinth Civil War Relic and Military Show and Sale at Crossroads Arena.
The exhibit will get a formal kickoff with a reception at 5:30 p.m. on March 22, the evening of the museum association’s annual meeting.
Steen said some of the most impressive pieces in the exhibit are a federal haversack and knapsack that remain intact. The exhibit also includes bullets, bayonets, belt buckles, ginger beer bottles, parts of muskets, cannonballs and some rare types of shells.
A firearm in the exhibit is said to have been used at Battery Robinett.
Some of the items were previously displayed at the Verandah-Curlee House.
“A lot of the items are from this area,” said Steen.
The museum is also trying out OnCell technology, which allows visitors to use a smart phone to obtain photos and descriptions of items.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Sunday, which is 1 to 4 p.m.

Vintage doll colection opens at museum
By Jebb Johnston - Daily Corinthian - Thursday,
November 26, 2011
The Crossroads Museum has one of the area’s biggest vintage doll collections, and it’s putting some of them on display. A new exhibit slated for Dec. 1 through the end of January will feature more than 100 vintage china and bisque dolls from a collection that was donated to the Crossroads Museum some 20 years ago.
“There are some very rare pieces,” said Museum Director Brandy Steen, who has been sorting through boxes of highly detailed and well-dressed dolls donated by Robert Lee.
The newest doll in the collection is from 1961, while the majority are believed to be more than 100 years old.
Lee’s mother, an avid doll collector, purchased the collection from a woman in Murray, Ky., in 1976.
“They were stored until 1978 when they moved into their house and built cabinets and put the dolls on display,” said Steen. “A lot of the doll clothes are original.”
The original owner was a seamstress, and she handmade clothing for some of the dolls. Many of the china dolls are clothed in elaborate dresses. The collection includes a few male dolls, which were less common, and a few female dolls with blond hair, an uncommon trait at the time. The female dolls commonly had dark hair and blue eyes.
Produced mainly in Germany, china dolls were most common from 1840 to 1940 and typically had a porcelain head and shoulders and a cloth body. The hair and face is molded and painted.
Bisque dolls are made of bisque porcelain and typically have a more skin-like appearance. Most were fashion dolls having hair that is not painted on as with china dolls and peaked in popularity in the late 1800s.
Steen said it’s an exhibit that would make for a great afternoon out with grandma.
In other museum happenings, the gift shop now offers the 1996 book detailing the life of aviator Roscoe Turner. It is currently available only at the museum.
Also, the museum website (crossroadsmuseum.com) will soon feature a virtual exhibit including thousands of photos from the museum’s holdings.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


Museum board hires new executive director
From Daily Corinthian - Thursday,
November 3, 2011
Corinth native Brandy Steen is the new director of the Crossroads Museum, announced the museum’s board of trustees.
Steen, an avid community volunteer, begins her new job today. Previous museum director Kathryn Dilworth resigned in August to become general manager of the Crossroads Arena.
“I want to turn the museum into a place locals visit as often as tourists. I invite everyone to come by the museum and say ‘hello’. I look forward to working on new projects and getting the community involved as much as possible,” Steen said. “I love the Corinth area and its history. There are so many rich parts that are little known, and I believe strongly in educating people about the diversity of our town through storytelling and events.”
Increasing membership, fund-raising and visitor traffic are some of her goals, she added.
“I welcome Brandy Steen as the new director of Crossroads Museum,” said Johnny Ross, a museum board member and volunteer. “She brings many years of deep involvement in the civic affairs of Corinth and Alcorn County and is a perfect fit for the future of the museum. I look forward to working with her. “
A 2004 graduate of Alcorn Central High School, Steen earned an associate of arts degree from Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville and a bachelor’s of science in business and finance from the University of North Alabama in Florence.
Since 2006, she and her husband, Zack Steen, have lived in downtown Corinth. She has worked as a cashier/sales associate at Wal-Mart Supercenter and as an administrative assistant at Crossroads Automotive, both in Corinth.
Steen also is a committee member and volunteer for the Green Market at the Corinth Depot. She’s volunteered with the Crossroads Chili Cook-off, Slugburger Festival, Corinth Home and Garden Tour, Alcorn Central High School band and Corinth Alcorn Animal Shelter.
“I thank the wonderful Crossroads Museum board for giving me this opportunity,” Steen said. “I believe I am a good fit for what the board members hope to achieve. I look forward to working with them and the great museum staff. I see so much potential for the Crossroads Museum.”
Open Tuesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m., the Crossroads Museum offers permanent exhibits on the Civil War, railroads, aviation, business/industry and pre-history/archeology. Also at the museum are exhibits from the Corinth Coca-Cola Museum, a gift shop and the Margaret Greene Rogers Research Library. Admission is $5 adults; $3 seniors, military and students; and free for museum members and ages 16 and under.

 

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Admission: Adults $5; Over 50 $3; Under 16 Free

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Corinth, Mississippi 38834
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