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Upcoming Event at Library of Hattiesburg Petal Forrest County
Cookbooks for a Cause: Community Cookbooks, Women’s Lives, and the Southern Miss Culinary Collection
Hattiesburg Library
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6:00 pm

Andrew Haley, a history professor at USM has researched how women shaped the communities they lived in by publishing cookbooks. Besides providing unique recipes, these publications often benefited local charitable  endeavors. For the last five years, Haley has worked with Special Collections at Southern Miss to build the Mississippi Community Cookbook project into an impressive collection of more than 8,000 volumes. Come learn about both the significance of cookbooks to local communities and how you can be a part of this ever-expanding project.

Thousands of our fellow Mississippians deal with food shortfalls as a part of their daily lives. The Library is teaming with Extra Table to help combat hunger by providing food pantries and soup kitchens with new and healthy food. Your donation to Extra Table through January 29 reserves a seat at the Cookbooks for a Cause Program. To help even more, and to encourage greater participation in its work, Extra Table is raffling off a Viking cookware set and autographed cookbooks. Visit the website ( and help out! Donations are not required, but highly encouraged, for attendance at Cookbooks for a Cause.