2021 Outstanding Local Historical Society - Woodville Civic Club
The Woodville Civic Club won the Mississippi Historical Society’s 2021 Outstanding Local Historical Society Award for its work in the preservation of the historic town of Woodville, one of the state’s oldest settlements. Woodville Civic Club executive director Ernesto Caldeira accepted the award from MHS president Marshall Bennett. Founded in 1971, the Woodville Civic Club has celebrated fifty years at the forefront of promoting economic development, community unity, and historic preservation in Woodville. It led the preservation efforts of two of Woodville’s most historic buildings that once held the Office and Banking House of the West Feliciana Railroad Company, the third oldest railroad system in the nation, and the Branch Banking House of the State of Mississippi respectively during the early 1800s. These buildings now house the Wilkinson County Museum and the African American Museum owned and operated by the Woodville Civic Club.