The 36th Annual Natchez Antiques Forum
This year's Forum plans to highlight the life of Jefferson Davis and 150th Anniversary of the Union Takeover of Natchez.
The iconic Natchez Antiques Forum is returning for its 36th incarnation on November 7,8 and 9 with the historic theme,“On the Home Front: Antiques Behind Union Lines.” This year’s special forum will cover the life of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and the sesquicentennial of the Union occupation of Natchez. Notable speakers including direct descendants of Davis and General Ulysses S. Grant will be among our outstanding speakers.
The Natchez Antiques Forum is one of the nation’s longest running and most highly acclaimed antique forums, this expansive three-day event is sponsored by The Pilgrimage Garden Club.
Attendees will have the opportunity to associate with noted experts during the conference at social events and tours, including a farewell soiree at the world-famous Stanton Hall mansion. The schedule includes social historians, curators and other giants in the field of antiques. They will be speaking on topics including antebellum home occupation during the war, Davis’ executive mansion and Civil War-era art, among others.
Ulysses Dietz, descendant of General Grant and Senior Curator at the Newark Museum and member of the Dietz Lighting Company family, will be giving a speech entitled “Lighting the North and the South,” discussing his family’s company and its role during the war.
Also speaking will be Bertram Hayes-Davis, descendant of Davis and Executive Director of Beauvoir, Davis’ post-war home in Biloxi, Mississippi. His speech will be entitled “Mrs. Dorsey’s Beauvoir: Home of Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Davis.”
Co-Founder Jeannette Feltus is thrilled about this year’s event. “This is sure to be an unforgettable year for the forum, particularly since it’s the 150th anniversary of Natchez falling into Union hands. We have a lineup of incredible speakers, special events and fascinating topics. I have no doubt attendees will have a marvelous time and come away with new knowledge of this period.”
Sadly, 2012 brought the loss of Wendell Garrett, a one of our founding leaders and dearest friends of the forum. He was a world-renowned expert on American history and decorative art, and the event will also offer a tribute to his memory.
As Natchez is known as the bed and breakfast capital of the South, attendees can choose from a whole host of charming antebellum homes for accommodations – or opt to stay in one of the city’s more modern hotels or motels. To register for the event and to find additional information and a full schedule, attendees may visit www.natchezantiquesforum.org.
About the Natchez Antiques Forum: The Natchez Antiques Forum, presented by the Pilgrimage Garden Club, celebrates its thirty-sixth anniversary. Each year the forum takes on different forms with a variety of themes, but always with a Southern point of view. In antebellum days, Natchez, Mississippi was home to more millionaires per capita than any other city in the United States. The homes they built for their families contained some of the finest, most opulent furnishings and artwork in the nation.