History Is Lunch: Carter Burns, “The Natchez Outbuilding Survey”

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Join the Mississippi Dept of Archives & History, along with the Two Mississippi Museums, on site or via the livestream at noon on Wednesday, May 12, for #HistoryIsLunch when Carter Burns will present “Early Findings from the Natchez Outbuilding Survey.”
Natchez and Adams County are thought to be the nation’s richest source of nineteenth-century dependency buildings, such as quarters for enslaved workers, kitchens, smoke houses, privies, dairies, barns, and carriage houses. The Natchez Outbuilding Survey, a partnership between the Historic Natchez Foundation, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Natchez National Historical Park, aims to collect site plans, photographs, and drawings of the estimated 200 such structures.
“These buildings, which also include billiard halls, doctors’ offices, and a ten-pin alley, have not been previously studied in-depth,” said Burns, executive director of the Historic Natchez Foundation. “We expect the project will shed light on the lives of the enslaved people, servants, and laborers who lived and worked in them.”
In the initial phase of the project a general survey will gather such basic information as photographs, floorplans, and narrative histories. The Historic Natchez Foundation will use that information to create a National Register of Historic Places nomination. In the second phase, Tulane University director of Preservation Studies Brent Fortenberry will document the buildings through a variety of methods including 3D laser scans, drone photography, and photogrammetry.
History Is Lunch has returned to an in-person format with chairs safely spaced in the Neilsen Auditorium. MDAH will provide free coffee and water, but no food during the first month. History Is Lunch programs will continue to be livestreamed on the MDAH Facebook page.