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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Live from the birthplace of the Blues


Live from the birthplace of the Blues


CLEVELAND ―In 2007, The History Channel provided funding for the Heritage Lighthouse project at the D. M. Smith Middle School in Cleveland, Mississippi.   The funding allowed students to interview six Delta Bluesmen about their lives and their music.  It also allowed the Delta State University College of Education to develop five detailed lesson plans that focus on the Blues and African American history.


This project has now resulted in the publication of a magazine-style booklet titled "Live from the Birthplace of America's Music."  The booklet includes short segments of the interviews with Bluesmen, together with material about the Blues, including a map of important Blues sites in the Mississippi Delta.   It also includes an abbreviated lesson plan, and refers readers to the new web site  This web site includes not only the complete transcriptions of all interviews, but also the five complete lesson plans, with their appendices.  It also has sound clips of the Blue performers singing and talking about their lives.  The booklet and web site are designed to help people understand the Blues, and especially to use the Mississippi Blues Heritage Trail as a resource to learn about the State's history. 


Copies of the booklet can be obtained for the cost of mailing from the DSU Delta Center for Culture and Learning, or can be printed directly from the web site.


This project was funded by The History Channel as part of their Save Our History national grants program.  The original grant was for $10,000, but the program was awarded another $2,500 because it was judged to be especially successful.  Four students and two adults associated with the Heritage Lighthouse were also given a trip to Washington, D.C., where the toured historic sites as part of the project.


Save Our History is an Emmy Award-winning strategic philanthropic initiative of The History Channel that launched in 1998, designed to further historic preservation and history education.  The program supplements the teaching of history in America's classrooms, educates the public on the importance of historical preservation and motivates communities across the country to help save endangered local historic treasures.  The Save Our History campaign includes original documentaries, special teachers' materials, national promotion on The History Channel, broadband activities in schools, and has worked with The Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National World War II Memorial, American Rivers and The White House 200th Anniversary. 


Additional information about the grassroots Save Our History program, including a comprehensive school manual containing suggested lesson plans for grades two through 12 and details about working with local preservation organizations can also be found at  


For more information about the Heritage Lighthouse program or the DSU Delta Center for Culture and Learning contact the Center at (662)846-4311 or visit its web sites at and