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‘Night’ at museum is Thursday

The late Tom Moak and his brother, the late Joe Moak, will be telling entertaining stories about growing up in Norfield at the next “Night at the Museum” Thursday hosted by the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society.

The appearance is made possible through a collection of episodes of “Lincoln Live” — recorded decades ago — that was donated to the museum by Chuck and Julia Ivey. This is the second video to be shown in the “Night at the Museum” series. Attorney Robert Jones was featured in the first of the series in June.

The “Lincoln Live” video is about 40 minutes long and will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the museum on South Church Street.

“Lincoln Live” was recorded 20 to 40 years ago and was operated by Sammons Communications, now Cable One.

The Moaks were interviewed about growing up in Norfield.

“It’s entertaining stories about the sawmill town,” President Cathy Bridge said. “They’re very well known. I’ve already had several people tell me they’ve got to see it.”

Bridge believes this episode was shot in the early 90s.

This is a members-only event, but memberships can be purchased at the door for half off the regular yearly cost — just $10. Seating is limited to 50 people so registration is requested. Call 601-833-8483 and leave a message.

The membership fee was discounted because the year is more than half over. The LCHGS is planning a big “Night at the Museum” video presentation in December, so purchasing a membership now allows for free entry then. That video will be an hour long “Spotlight on Brookhaven” from 1975 that includes a talent show.

“It has a lot of people in it who are still here in Brookhaven who were little children then,” she said.

Later this month, the LCHGS will host a free history presentation by writer John Case called “Christians and Outlaws” at the Jimmy Furlow Senior Center at 201 S. First St.

The event is Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

Case is a former Lincoln County resident living in Slidell, Louisiana. He was recently lauded by the Press Club of New Orleans for his columns.

In October, Bridge will give a presentation at the Furlow center about the 100th anniversary of the flu epidemic of 1919 and how it affected Lincoln County.

“It was probably the worst flu epidemic we’ve ever had,” she said.

Bridge said many who died in the area are buried in mass graves with no headstones.

“Several died and were just buried there. People didn’t have time to have a funeral,” she said.

The Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization that preserves artifacts, historical sites and the history of Brookhaven and Lincoln County and works to a promote education related to local history.

For more information, call 601-833-8483 or write history39601@gmail.com.