Speakers Bureau

Have you ever wondered how Cracker Barrel billboards reflect images of American farmers and rural life, how a “hillbilly cat” from Tupelo changed the world or how the Mississippi River has shaped our state and culture? These topics and almost 200 more are available to you through our Speaker’s Bureau.

The Speaker’s Bureau features our state’s finest historians, writers and storytellers talking about a wide variety of subjects related to Mississippi and beyond. For no cost, you can bring these scholars to speak at an event. The MHC selects speakers based on their credentials and the quality of their program and pays them an honorarium for presenting to nonprofit groups around the state.

Any nonprofit organization within the state of Mississippi may apply to host a Speaker’s Bureau member. Click below to download the short, easy application. All applications must be received at least four weeks prior to the event, and all Speaker’s Bureau lectures must be free and open to the public. Scholars may apply to become a member of the Speaker’s Bureau by downloading and filling out the forms below.

Whether you want to learn about contemporary blues music, the history of Mississippi’s prisoner of war camps or how the Civil Rights Movement has transformed our state, the MHC Speaker’s Bureau brings informative and thought-provoking programs to your community.

The Speakers Bureau has been designed to assist you in your search for a specific speaker and/or topic for your event. For questions or to submit a form, please contact Carol Andersen (carol@mhc.state.ms.us) or Kourtnee Harris (kharris@mhc.state.ms.us).

Download Speakers Bureau forms

To book a speaker for your organization or event:

To become a member of the Speakers Bureau:

  • Speaker Application Form (Word)
  • Speaker Application Form (PDF)
  • Current Lecture Renewal Form (Word)
  • Current Lecture Renewal Form (PDF)
  • Reporting Forms for Speakers Bureau Hosts:

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