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South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society Meeting


Aug Meeting information.


Aug 5, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Parkway United Methodist Church, 2420 Hardy Street.

Author Tom Graves of San Francisco will share from his book about the veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, who were all Japanese-American men. They enlisted when they and their families had been labeled "enemy aliens" and sent to "relocation camps." They trained at Camp Shelby in 1943 and became the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of American warfare. Notable members include Senator Daniel K. Inouye and Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta. They fought in Italy and Germany and released captives from German concentration camps. They experienced high casualty rates--one time losing more men than were in the unit they set out to rescue. They proved their loyalty to their country, yet returned home to the scorn of being called "Japs." One member, Herbert Sasaki, married a woman from Purvis and settled in Hattiesburg. When they married the Ku Klux Klan reacted to the interracial marriage by burning a cross on the lawn of her family's home. We are joining with the Camp Shelby Museum and the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at USM to host this event. Tom will have his books available at the end of the meeting. More about the book and author
Contact Kathy Goss for more information: or 601-544-5210.

The final version of our by-laws has been upload. Read them here.

South Mississippi Genealogical and Historical Society meets at 7:00pm the first Tuesday of each month at 107 South Park Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS. The meeting room and library are located in the rear part of the Hattiesburg Water Dept. Bldg in the edge of Kamper Park. On rare occasion the date for a meeting is moved or canceled in which case a notice will be posted.

The Library of the South Mississippi Genealogical and Historical  is open each Saturday morning from 9 am to 3 pm except on major holidays. It is also open at 6pm before each meeting. Appointments at other times can be arranged by calling the librarian at 601-606-4700 or 601-271-2384.

It contains a modest collection of books and journals with emphasis on data from counties of South Mississippi.  It now houses the Genealogy collection from the Library of Hattiesburg-Petal-Forrest County.

Visitors are welcome.



                                                                                                                                                                                         Officers 2012/2013 (Oct .1, 2013 to Sept 30, 2015)

President, Martha Parker  

V.Pres, Kathleen Goss

Secretary, Myrna Lazenby

Newsletter Editor, Laurie Crowson

Treasurer, Gene Phillips

Historian, Joshua Hodge

Librarian, Jeanne Tutor

Publicist, Kathleen Goss

Web Master, Gene Phillips 

If you have a subject you would like to present in a program  or if you know of an interesting guest speaker, you can send it to Gene Phillips  




Our working year is from Oct 1 until Sept. 30.
Dues for 2013 are due by Oct. 1, 2012.
See the membership page for rates and address.  





There are no plans for a 2013 seminar.