TUPELO – Jo McDivitt, a veteran on the historic home restoration circuit, will continue her work with historical preservation in partnership with the Tupelo Historic Preservation Society when she speaks at 6 p.m. this Thursday.

McDivitt will be featured at ‘The Road to Preservation,’ a fundraiser located at the bus stop on 201 Commerce St. to benefit the restorations she and the society strive for.

McDivitt is currently restoring a home in Blue Mountain, her fifth restoration. McDvitt is also known for her work in the newspaper business. She started the first women’s newspaper, Today’s Mississippi Woman, in Hattiesburg and her work has grown since.

Tish Horton, president of the Tupelo Historic Preservation Society, said this fundraiser is one of several the society hosted. It hosted a brunch in the fall, an event which Horton said she hopes can happen again. The fundraisers aim to match the grants given to the society through places such as the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

The fundraiser will include door prizes including collectibles, books on travel, historical postcards and antique hats.

Horton said there will also be an opportunity for attendees to receive a tea party for eight at Hutchins Hill or a weekend at a condo in Oxford.

This event falls in line with May being National Preservation Month. Horton said Mayor Jason Shelton will sign a proclamation identifying preservation month today.

Horton said she hopes future plans include an old fashioned picnic with period activities with the society.

As the national historic preservation slogan states, “This place matters,” a statement Horton hopes the public will carry on after this event.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be reserved at the door by calling 662-231-2076. They can also be purchased at the Trove gift store in Tupelo located at 1725 McCullough Blvd.

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