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Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance Award Three Local Organizations

Mary Allyn Hedges (center) has accepted a grant from Mississippi Hills.
(Left) Neil McCoy, president of the Mississippi Hills with Mary Allyn Hedges, director of Visit Oxford (center) and Mary Cates Williams, executive director of Mississippi Hills (right).

Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance awarded three organizations in Lafayette County: Visit Oxford, Oxford Film Festival and Oxford-Lafayette Heritage Foundation.

Mississippi Hills issued $103,440 in 15 grants to 11 counties at BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo yesterday. Visit Oxford received $20,000 from the organization to implement a new wayfinding signage project.

Visit Oxford director, Mary Allyn Hedges, said, “Visit Oxford is thrilled to be working with the City of Oxford on a comprehensive wayfinding signage project that will help visitors, as well as many locals, find our cultural attractions as well as other points of interest in the city. This project will also be beneficial to our local partners and attractions to ensure that visitors find their destination easily which will enhance the visitor experience.”

Mary Cates Williams, executive director of the MHHAA, said, “All of the approved grant projects are very good and cover a wide geographical area within our NHA boundaries. We look forward to getting contracts signed and authorizing the work to begin.”

Oxford Film Festival recieved $1,250 which its director, Melanie Addington, will use to help provide film shorts for media use, social media marketing and marketing materials for heritage sites in the region.

Addington said, “I am really excited to take part in the Mississippi Hills Heritage Alliance. The OxFilm Society, under the umbrella of Oxford Film Fest, will be dispensing funds to help people tell stories of this area through short documentary. We are currently working to set up the application on our website and hope to hear from people who have great ideas on local stories that should be told.”

Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation (OLCHF) will use the $2,050 grant to provide an in-character presentation of L.Q.C. Lamar to visitors, school children and the public.

To keep up with these organizations, visit their websites at visitoxfordms.com, oxfordfilmfest.com and oxfordheritage.org.

Callie Daniels Bryant is the senior managing editor at HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at callie.daniels@hottytoddy.com.

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