This weekend, you are invited to attend DENIM & DIAMONDS, the first fundraising event benefitting the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum. Held at 7pm at the Shrine Club on Friday, August 17, the fun event will feature a casual “roadhouse” ambiance and include a barbecue dinner, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 each and are available at Thyme, Book Mart, the Museum and from Friends of the Museum board members.
If you haven’t been to the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum in a while, you are in for a great treat. Located on the corner of Fellowship and Russell, the Museum houses a permanent collection of exhibits showcasing the history of Oktibbeha County. With recent renovations and additions to the collection over the last few years, the volunteer-run facility has garnered several awards. In addition to historical artifacts and pieces from life in the County, OCHM also displays rotating exhibits, hosts lectures and events related to community interest and history, and offers a fun children’s area for its young visitors. The Museum property is also home to Starkville’s only Mississippi Blues Train marker.
You may be curious about the structures outside the Museum! Through a partnership between OCHM and the MSU Landscape Architecture department, several phases of a sustainable rain garden have been completed. The “green” system serves to solve the property’s draining concerns through an infiltration basin designed to keep rain water in the garden. This summer, a green-roof pavilion and staircase for rooftop viewing were constructed as well. The Heritage Museum’s rain garden serves as a teaching model for green building practices.
The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum hours are 1:00 – 4:00pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays or by appointment by calling 662.323.0211. Don’t miss this treasure trove of Starkville’s history!