Friday, May 13


New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, in a six Mississippi cities tour, will be showcased at the Pearl Public Library, a branch of the Central Mississippi Regional Library System, from Thurs. July 21 – Thurs. Sept. 1, 2011.

New Harmonies is part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MOMS) program. MOMS serves small-to-medium-sized communities by bringing Smithsonian –quality exhibits to local museums, historical societies, libraries and community centers that traditionally have limited access to traveling exhibitions due to space and cost limitations.

A portable seven-kiosk, interactive exhibit, New Harmonies offers a look and listen to various genres and styles of phenomenal music birthed only in America with Mississippi, naturally, among the top of the shining stars.

The exhibit, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the Mississippi Humanities Council, and the Pearl Public Library, is composed of three dimensional display panels and covers 900 feet of floor space. Exhibit hours will be Mondays – Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

But hold on! The Pearl Public Library is not waiting until July 21 to start the exhibit excitement. The library has teamed up with the Mississippi Braves at Trustmark Park in Pearl for Blues, BBQ and Baseball, Friday – Sunday, July 15 – 17. The gates will open 6 p.m., 5p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. Acorn, the library mascot will be available for photographs. Come on and hang out with the gang!

To kickoff the opening of the exhibit, a grand opening ribbon cutting will be held at the library Thurs, July 21 at 10 a.m. Live music and refreshments for everyone!

Enthusiastically embracing the musical theme, the Pearl Public Library has planned local exhibits such as Musical Excellence in Pearl High School, a memorabilia travel through decades of Pearl High’s School band and choral programs and Rankin County Stars, a look at famous musicians from Rankin County, that will be featured during the exhibit.

On Sat. July 23, the library is hosting New Harmonies in the Park at the City of Pearl Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be tons of fun, music from local greats as well as rising stars and food. But that’s not all. There will be a Pearl’s Got Talent contest. With a limit of 30 contestants, you must register.

As if that’s not enough, numerous musically themed adult and children’s programs will also coincide with the exhibit during the summer.

For more information, contact Mara Villa at 601-932-2562 or email her at

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