The Friends of Stone County Libraries has received a $3,000 grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council for the Emilie Blackmore Stapp project. Emilie B. Stapp was a well-known children’s author, who lived at the Friendship Farm in Stone County from 1935 until her death in 1962. She is best known for the Go Hawks and Isabella the Wise Goose book series. Emilie and her sister Marie were active members of this community and were involved in many philanthropic endeavors, including establishing the first library for Stone County citizens. This grant will support research on the Stapp sisters, which will be followed by a presentation and gallery exhibit at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
The Friends of Stone County Libraries is excited to be reintroducing the lives, work, and contributions of these two remarkable women to this community. If you knew the Stapp sisters or have any information on them you would like to share please contact Daisha Walker at 228-669-9747 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.