Eudora Welty House & Garden

2022 Eudora Welty Fellow Named therron Mon, 06/27/2022 - 14:07

Pamela J. Merryman, a doctoral student at Southern Methodist University, has been named the 2022 Eudora Welty Fellow. Merryman will use archival holdings at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) to research how Eudora Welty constructed her identity in her writing.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to conduct research in the Eudora Welty archives and am grateful to those who make the Eudora Welty Research Fellowship possible,” said the 2022 Welty Fellowship recipient. “Through my research in the Welty archives, I hope to gain a deeper and broader knowledge of the personal inspiration and creative process that went into Welty’s writing of her only children’s book, The Shoe Bird. Ultimately, I seek to note how this entertaining tale of Arturo the Parrot and the bird community—who gather from all over the world to learn about the power and value of communication, love, memory, and freedom—provides insight into Welty’s other literary works that also explore these vital aspects of the human experience."

Established by MDAH and the Eudora Welty Foundation, the fellowship seeks to encourage and support research in the Eudora Welty Collection by graduate students.

“We’re grateful to the Foundation for their continued support of the fellowship,” said David Pilcher, director of the MDAH Archives and Record Services Division. “I am certain Ms. Merryman will learn a lot and make extensive use of the Welty Collection this summer.”

After receiving her BA in secondary education from Howard Payne University, Merryman completed her MA in liberal arts at Southern Methodist University where she is currently working toward her PhD. Merryman will use the $5,000 fellowship to cover travel, housing, and other expenses incurred while doing primary research at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in Jackson.

Beginning in 1957, and over the course of more than forty years, Welty donated materials to the department, primarily literary manuscripts and photographs. At her death her remaining papers were bequeathed to MDAH and included unpublished manuscripts and 14,000 items of correspondence with family, friends, scholars, young writers, and noted writers.

Storytime on the Side Porch therron Wed, 05/25/2022 - 14:27

On Thursdays at 2 p.m., the Eudora Welty House & Garden will present free summer book readings and activities for children in partnership with the Mississippi Library Commission. For more information, visit the Eudora Welty House & Garden Facebook page. 

#WeltyatHome Virtual Book Club therron Mon, 05/09/2022 - 15:59

On Mondays at noon, the Eudora Welty House & Garden will present weekly online book discussions of Welty's short story collection The Wide Net and Other Stories with Suzanne Marrs, Welty's friend and biographer. To receive the weekly emails and Zoom link, sign up for the Welty at Home newsletter here:

Yoga in the Welty Garden therron Tue, 04/26/2022 - 13:46

MDAH education specialist and certified yoga instructor Jennifer Rose will lead free yoga classes in the Welty Garden. For more information, visit the Eudora Welty House & Garden or email

Eudora Welty Birthday Celebration therron Wed, 04/06/2022 - 16:15

The Eudora Welty House & Garden will celebrate Welty's birthday with refreshments and free house tours on April 13, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. For more information, visit the Eudora Welty House & Garden Facebook page. 

Story Made at the Eudora Welty House & Garden therron Wed, 03/30/2022 - 10:54

Between Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 22,  visitors to the Eudora Welty House & Garden can record, share, and write anonymous testimonies of their favorite Eudora Welty stories and more. For additional information, visit the Eudora Welty House & Garden Facebook page. Click here for more information on the Story Made Project. 

Welty Heirloom Plant Sale therron Wed, 03/16/2022 - 14:08

The Eudora Welty House & Garden, in partnership with the Eudora Welty Foundation, will host its annual heirloom plant sale on Saturday, March 26, at 9 a.m. For more information, visit the Eudora Welty House & Garden Facebook page. 

Margaret Walker & Eudora Welty: Remembering Medgar Evers therron Wed, 03/16/2022 - 13:54

On Wednesday, March 23, at 11:30 a.m. the Eudora Welty House & Garden, in partnership with the Margaret Walker Center and Mississippi Humanities Council, will present a conversation on Eudora Welty and Margaret Walker Alexander's writings about civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Guest speakers for the event will be Robert Luckett, director of the Margaret Walker Center, and Ebony Lumumba, chair of the English department at Jackson State University.

Seeds of Spring: A Children's Series therron Wed, 03/02/2022 - 10:23

MDAH education specialist Jennifer Rose will lead monthly spring-themed activities for children at the Eudora Welty House & Garden. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Eudora Welty House & Garden Facebook page. 

Camellia Walk & Flash Sale therron Fri, 02/11/2022 - 15:32

On Thursday, February 24, at 11:30 a.m., Paige Mizell of Mizell's Camellia Hill Nursery will lead a guided camellia walk through the historic Welty Garden. Guests can purchase select varieties of heirloom camellias from Mizell's Camellia Hill Nursery following the tour while supplies last. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Eudora Welty House & Garden Facebook page. 


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