The news as history as comedy

Two stories from the same newspaper in the same town, Natchez.

Story one (July 6): Jefferson College hosts Civil War camp for children. "About 25 children marched in formation around Historic Jefferson College Wednesday. The college is hosting a Civil War day camp Wednesday through Friday for children ages 8 through 12. The children play the part of Civil War soldiers in training." (Grayclad soldiers, no doubt.)

Story two (July 14): Boxley: We need heritage tourism now. "Requests to build a better black heritage tourism in Natchez — and to do it quickly — won support at the Tuesday meeting of the Board of Aldermen."