WHAT A GRAND OPENING!
Over a thousand guests poured through the new Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum at the Grand Opening on Friday, June 2nd, and Saturday, June 3rd!!!
Outdoor Industry heavyweights, Hunters, Fishermen, Outdoorsmen & Outdoorswomen with their Outdoorskids, the curious, the passers-by, and the hungry who smelled catfish frying as they headed out after work… these and many more entered the doors of the old Joe Turner Hardware Store at the main intersection in Leland, Mississippi, to see that elderly dark & dingy building turned into a bright new world of almost every joy the Great Outdoors has to offer.
The Mississippi Outdoor Hall of Fame formally inducted the seventeen members who have so far been voted in — from former slave and bear hunter Holt Collier, born in 1846 to today’s Mississippi films/camo/calls Kings trio of Toxey Haas, Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland, and Will Primos — with appropriate and deserved praise and even a little preaching! “God’s Great Outdoors” was the theme of several honoree’s remarks.
The Museum will now be open M-F 10A to 5P, with special openings on request (662-686-7085) if one calls during business hours to arrange viewings. If that number is busy, try President Billy Johnson (662-347-4223) or Sec/Treas Robert Hitt Neill (662-686-7789), again, during business hours.
Admission is $10 for adults, children under 16 free (accompanied by adults), with special discounts for Seniors (60+) @ $7, and Groups (5+) @ &7. Bring the family and spend the day.
The Grand Opening will be at the recently renovated
Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum
at 304 North Broad Street, Leland, MS
For More Information:
Robert Hitt Neill, Sec/Treas 662-686-7789, or Billy Johnson, Pres, 662-347-4223
Leland’s newest pending Museum, the MS Wildlife Heritage Museum in the old Joe Turner Hardware Store building has been completely renovated.
The MS Wildlife Heritage Museum
- On April 21st, 2017, which is the 90th Anniversary of the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927, the Museum hosted a Great Flood Exhibit with photos and items, to commemorate this greatest natural disaster in American history. A Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks was held from 5:30 to 7:30, featuring an address by Peter Nimrod, Chief Levee Board Engineer. The Exhibit will be open for a month, and will open on request between 10A & 4P M-F, with special opening requests arranged by calling Billy Johnson (662-347-4223), President, or Robert Hitt Neill (662-686-7789), Secretary/Treasurer.
Grand Opening for the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum is scheduled for Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd, 2017.
- The MWHM hosted the Smithsonian Institution’s Hometown Teams Traveling Exhibit during the month of September, with nearly 200 people viewing the Exhibit as well as the newly renovated Museum. The MS Department of Humanities co-sponsored the HTT Exhibit, which then moved to DSU until December, coordinated by Emily Jones, the Delta State Archivist. The Wildlife Heritage Museum will now be arranging the exhibits, trophies, pictures, and artifacts during the winter and spring, looking forward to our Grand Opening the first weekend in June 2017. If you are interested in an early tour as the Museum takes shape, call Bob Neill (662-686-7789) or Billy Johnson (662-347-4223) Monday thru Friday between 9a & 4p. If you would like to donate funds or articles of interest, use those same numbers. Johnson is the President and Neill is the Secretary & Treasurer of the MWHM Foundation. Both are authors of popular Outdoor Books which will be available through the Gift Shop at the Museum or on-line