Tours, Programs To Celebrate The Optimist’s Daughter May – June at Welty House and Garden

On May 2, 1973, Eudora Welty was honored in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, with Eudora Welty Day, held during the annual Mississippi Arts Festival. Later that week, on May 7, she was notified that her fourth novel, The Optimist’s Daughter, had been chosen to receive the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Beginning May 2, Read more »


Ceremony Honors Scholastic Writing Award Winners at Welty House and Garden

On Sunday, April 10, over 300 people were present on the lawn of the Eudora Welty House and garden as 139 winners of the 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards for the Mississippi Writing Region, including five national winners, were honored. They received a total of 274 awards at the ceremony. The keynote speaker was Dr. Shalanda Stanley, a Read more »

Ribbon cutting

Tenth Anniversary of Welty House Opening Celebrated During April

Ten years ago in April, the Eudora Welty House opened to the public after two years of meticulous restoration. The ribbon cutting ceremony is seen here. To celebrate the anniversary of this historic occasion, during the week of April 9-15 there were free tours and a series of events at the House and Garden. A flier Read more »

Ralph Eubanks

Welty Southern Studies Professor Ralph Eubanks Presents Lecture at Millsaps April 7

A public lecture entitled “Mississippi, Past and Present” was delivered by W. Ralph Eubanks, Eudora Welty Professor of Southern Studies at Millsaps College, at the college’s Gertrude C. Ford Academic Center on April 7. Prof. Eubanks discussed how teaching at Millsaps has been a lesson in separating the past from the present as well as seeing connections between Read more »