The Theoras

Theora Hamblett was born in Paris, MS in 1895. She moved into town in the 1930’s and rented out rooms of her house to college students. At the age of 55, she took an oil painting class and the rest is history. Ms. Theora was kind enough to give the library one of her paintings in the early seventies.


LOCAL (Lafayette/Oxford Citizens Acting for the Library) donated another of her paintings in memory of a baby who passed away.

Town Ball 1967

We adore these paintings with their bright and unusual trees. And we are so thankful to have them so that the public can enjoy them as well.  The Mississippi Museum of Art  in Jackson is presenting Symbols of Faith, Hope, and Beyond: The Art of Theora Hamblett  through June 23, 2013.

More library appreciation:

The Oxford/ Lafayette County Library is a wonderful source of educational, and entertaining materials! It’s a terrific asset for all of us. On top of that – it’s well run, well maintained, and served by very pleasant and helpful people.


The Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library is one of the many gems I have found in Oxford after moving here to enjoy my retirement. 

 The library not only has an extensive library of books to borrow, but they offer so many extra activities for everyone to enjoy.  I particularly enjoy the luncheons with visiting authors.  Not only is the lunch delicious and free, but authors are always interesting and provides an up close encounter with authors. 

 The library has also kept up with the times and is computer friendly.  On-line, you can download books to your electronic device, search and reserve materials for pick up, in addition to offering many suggestions for books, activities, etc. 

 The children in the community definitely have many reading programs/activities from which to choose.  The library with its small budget and small staff manages to offer a full calendar of activities every month for every taste and every age.  The library is truly a gift for the residents of Oxford.

One thought on “The Theoras

  1. My mother and four generations of her family lived in Paris MS and it’s wonderful seeing the Oxford Library appreciate and showcase the talents of Theora Hamblett, a wonderful artist from that community.


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