1939: State Wildlife Museum opens in Jackson

Naturalist Fannye A. Cook was the museum director until she retired in 1958. Cook’s WPA-funded plant and animal survey work served as the basis for the museum’s collection.

1939: Greenville Garden Club leads effort to purchase Winterville Mounds site for Greenville

The mounds, originally numbering as many as 23, were occupied by a prehistoric Native American people between 800 and 1600 AD. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks operated Winterville as a state park from 1960 until 2000 when the park was given to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

August 29, 1939: Oil discovered in Mississippi

Oil well dedication ceremony (MDAH Collection)
Oil well dedication ceremony

The state’s first commercial oil well was near Tinsley in Yazoo County, about 40 miles northwest of Jackson.

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