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South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society Meeting


January Meeting information.

Growing Up Chinese In The Mississippi Delta

Much loved and respected Hattiesburg citizen, Dr. Sherman Hong, will talk about why and how there was a large enclave of Chinese citizens in the Mississippi Delta in the late 1800s and early 1900s, his experience of growing up in a multicultural neighborhood, the fight to get an education—when they were forbidden to attend white or black schools—and assimilation into Mississippi society in the time of desegregation.

Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Dr. Sherman Hong is the child of Chinese immigrants. His teaching career spanned 40 years at the University of Southern Mississippi, and he retired as a Professor of Music, Emeritus. He was timpanist and percussionist for the Jackson Symphony, Jackson Opera, Opera South, Jackson Ballet, Meridian Symphony, Pensacola and Gulf Coast Symphonies, Mobile Symphony, Mobile Opera, Mobile Ballet, and for many traveling shows. He has written about 50 nationally published music education articles. He judged drum and bugle corps for DCI (Drum Corp International) at three national championships, and numerous band competitions.

Presently he serves as Conductor of the City of Hattiesburg Concert Band, which gives wonderful concerts free to Hattiesburg residents several times a year, sings in the Visionaires Senior Choir, President of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Lamar Volunteer Fire Department, and is on the board of the Lakeshore Home Owners Association.

All are invited to this free program Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., hosted by South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society, at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church, 2420 Hardy Street, at the corner of 25th Avenue and Hardy, Hattiesburg.

The Genealogy Library is open at 6:00 p.m. for research before the meeting and Saturdays 10:00 – 2:00.

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 10 am to 2 pm except on major holidays. It is also open at 6 pm 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 2016 are due by Oct. 1, 2015.
See the membership page for rates and address.  





There are no plans for a 2013 seminar.