February 22, 2018  

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Professor Emeritus McCarty Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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MHS awards committee chairman C. Dale Shearer (left) present the lifetime achievement award to Kenneth G. McCarty, Jr. (Submitted photo)

University of Southern Mississippi Professor Emeritus Dr. Kenneth G. McCarty, Jr. is the winner of the 2013 Dunbar Rowland Award.

The award is presented for his lifelong contributions to the preservation, study, and interpretation of Mississippi history. McCarty was recognized at the Mississippi Historical Society’s annual meeting in Vicksburg, February 28–March 2.


McCarty served as editor of the Journal of Mississippi Historyfrom 1993 to 2008 and president of the Mississippi Historical Society, 2003-2004. He is professor emeritus of history at the University of Southern Mississippi.  

The award memorializes Dunbar Rowland, first director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and is given for lifelong contributions to the field of Mississippi history.

The Mississippi Historical Society, founded in 1858, encourages outstanding work in interpreting, teaching, and preserving Mississippi History. The society is a non-profit membership organization that works closely with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The society also publishes the online publication Mississippi History Now. It provides annual grants to support programs of the Junior Historical Society and publishes books, maps, and other materials aimed toward the education of the general public.

Membership is open to anyone; benefits include receiving the quarterly Journal of Mississippi History and the quarterly Mississippi History Newsletter. For information on becoming a member, call 601-576-6849 or see the MHS Web site, www.mdah.state.ms.us/admin/mhistsoc.html