Admission to the Jimmie Rodgers Museum at Highland Park will be free Tuesday, in celebration of the birthday of "The Father of Country Music".
There will also be a 'birthday party' at the museum Sept. 8. It will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded at 4:00 to three lucky attendees.
Fans, friends, and relatives of Jimmie Rodgers are invited to share their memories and stories and see his life come alive as you tour the museum.
Jimmie Rodgers was born Sept. 8, 1897, in Meridian. He is also known as
“The Singing Brakeman” and “The Blue Yodeler”.
The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation points out that he toured with Will Rogers and recorded with a young jazz trumpeter, Louis Armstrong.
The Jimmie Rodgers Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. Normal admission fee is $8.00 per adult. Senior, student and group rates are available on request. The museum's telephone number is 601-485-1808.
Due to construction on Meridian's 22nd Avenue bridge, the museum suggests some routes for museum visitors who are unfamiliar with the city:
**Take Downtown Meridian /22nd Avenue exit 153
Follow signs to Downtown /22nd Ave. North and travel on 22nd Avenue for approximately 1 mile.
Turn right on to B Street just before 22nd Avenue bridge overpass
Turn left at the light onto 18th Avenue and go over the 18th Avenue overpass/bridge.
Turn left onto 4th Street(red light at bottom of bridge)
Turn right onto 22nd Avenue
Turn left on 8th Street
Turn right on 39th Avenue and follow signs to Highland Park.
Museum is gray building located in the park.
**Take 29th Avenue exit
Travel to 8th Street
Turn left on 39th Avenue and follow signs to Highland Park
Museum is gray building located in the Park
**Take exit for Meridian Airport/Meridian Community College
Turn to left on Highway 11
Travel to 8th Street(McDonald's on the right)
Turn right on 8th Street
Travel to 45th Avenue
Turn left on 45th Avenue to Highland Park Drive
Turn right on Highland Park Drive
Frank Cochran Center on left
Turn left in front of Frank Cochran Center
Museum is gray building located next to train in Highland Park