The Mississippi Association of landmen was organized in 1944 and is America’s oldest active landmen’s association. It has a membership of approximately 200 members, associates and honorary members. The Association was organized for the purpose of improving the profession of petroleum landmen. Among its activities are monthly meetings with programs of interest to the industry, a continuing education series of industry seminars, and annual publication of a personnel directory. Also, in 1994, the Association raised funds to move a ninety-two foot derrick, pumping unit and engine form Tinsley Field in Yazoo County to the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson where the exhibit is now displayed in commemoration of the Association’s 50th anniversary and the importance of the oil industry to the State of Mississippi.
The Mississippi Association of Petroleum Landmen has endeavored to be a good citizen in its local community and has been previously involved with a community project to acquaint the public with various phases of Petroleum Land Management. In 1978, a project was initiated with the Mississippi College School of Law and the Mississippi Oil and Gas Lawyers Association and a title course was started in March of 1980. Another course was the Petroleum Land Practices started in 1981 at Hinds Community College, Raymond, Mississippi. Also, prior to 1985, the Petroleum Land Management Degree was started at University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, and sanctioned, with the help of MAPL, by AAPL in 1985. In 1989 and in 1990 the Mississippi Association of Petroleum Landmen was involved in projects at the Methodist Children’s Home and Sunnybrook Children’s Home to brighten the Christmas season for many children.
In recognition of the role which the Mississippi Association has played as an involved member association in AAPL, the Mississippi Association of Petroleum Landmen received the “Outstanding Local Association Award” from AAPL in 1980 and has received two awards of merit (1989 and 1990) for Communications excellence by a Local Association.
As the oldest active landman association in America, we are constantly striving to improve ourselves as landmen through self-education and we are ever mindful of our role as good citizens of our community. “Together We Learn” has been our watchword for our first fifty years and will continue as our focus in the future.