Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum
The Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum, Inc., a non-profit corporation founded in 2002, has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). The organization owns the Soulé Steam Feed Works site. The first phase of a three-phase museum feasibility study has begun. The following report includes documentation, which will be used in the development of the Soulé property into a nationally recognized industrial museum.
The Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum, located in the historic Soulé Steam Feed Works site, promotes the heritage, labor, and innovation that influenced and shaped our country's rise as an industrial and manufacturing pioneer.
Soulé Steam Feed Works site has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979 due to the historical significance of George W. Soulé, inventor.
The site was designated a Mississippi Landmark in Fall 2003.
Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum was designated the Official State Historical Industrial Museum in July 2004 by the Mississippi legislature.
A museum's vision is a guiding image of success formed in terms of its contribution to society. It is a description in words that expresses the institution's eventual destination. As a public institution the Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum will:
• Encourage a deep interest in the story of American industry by interpreting Mississippi's industrial heritage within the context of our Nation's history;
• Actively develop a dynamic institution providing relevant, creative exhibitions and educational programs;
• Provide an enlightening, entertaining and fun experience in an environment where visitors of all ages feel like welcomed guests;
• Support lifelong learning and inspire new generations to chart their own paths of discovery;
• Serve as a complimentary resource to industrial and cultural sites, historical organizations and educational institutions;
• Preserve and interpret the Soule Steam Feed Works site, a Mississippi Landmark and a National Register property.
Core values are the organization's essential and enduring tenets—a set of timeless guiding principles that require no external justification—having intrinsic value and importance to those inside the organization. The key point is that an enduring institution decides for itself what values it holds to be core, largely independent of any current environment, competition, or fad.
To achieve the level of research and interpretation desired the Museum will:
• Promote a deeper interest in industrial heritage through relevant, creative, educational and interactive programs and exhibitions;
• Support a spirit of cooperation, trust and open communications between ourselves and those who continue to preserve America's industrial traditions;
• Encourage stewardship for the preservation of our nation's unique industrial and cultural resources;
• Be fiscally responsible to guarantee the institution thrives for the present and the future;
James L. McRae, President
Walter Clement, Vice President
Greg Hatcher, Secretary/Treasurer
Board of Directors
James L. McRae, JLM Investments, LLC
Walter B. Clement, Retired Instructor Auburn University
Mark Scarborough, Attorney
Greg Hatcher, The Hatcher Group, Inc.
Maurice Hall, Hall Timberlands
Dan Holland, Clearspan Components
David Price, Retired Minister and Railroad Hobbyist
Curt Friday, Retired Project Engineer - Weyerhauser
Mike McKnight, Engineer