Biloxi to host preservation “Thursdays in May”

In observance of National Historic Preservation Month in May, the Biloxi Bay Chamber, the Biloxi Main Street Program and the Mississippi Heritage Trust are partnering with the City of Biloxi to present “Thursdays in May” to share information about and celebrate efforts to Preserve Biloxi.

Thursday, May 1, Preserve Biloxi: Work in Progress, 5:30 p.m., Bond-Grant House, 932 Howard Ave.

Tour this recently-rehabilitated structure at its new location, enjoy
Preservation updates, photographs of the Westergard Boatworks and a reception on the grounds

Thursday, May 8, Biloxi Cemetery Tour and Refreshments, 5:30 p.m. Step back into the past as Biloxi High School students present graveside re-enactments, followed by refreshments hosted by the Beau Rivage

Thursday, May 15, History Channel Grant Presentation, 6 p.m., Biloxi Jr. High School Auditorium.
Eighth-grade history students share their findings of preservation research in their school neighborhood

Thursday, May 22, Brown Bag Lunch on the Town Green, 11:30 a.m. Bring your lunch and help us thank the volunteers serving on the Architectural and Historical Review Commission and Biloxi Main Street Board of Directors. Sponsored by the Biloxi Hard Rock Casino. Guest speaker Jeff Rosenberg, Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Thursday, May 29
Preservation Awards and Biloxi Landmark New Designation, 5:30 p.m.,
5:30 p.m. Announcement Program and Reception
Join us as we honor the individuals, businesses, and organizations that have helped to preserve and protect our history and Culture since Hurricane Katrina. The awards will be presented by Mayor A.J. Holloway at City Hall followed by a ribbon cutting and reception at the newly restored Bond-Grant House. Sponsored by Biloxi Main Street District, and Biloxi Chamber of Commerce.

All of the programs are free to the public. Several of the preservation activities celebrated in “Thursdays in May” are funded in part through a Preserve America Grant from the National Park Service or through the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area Program.

Contact Biloxi Bay Chamber Culture & Heritage Committee Chair Grace Aaron Johansen,, or Bill Raymond with the City of Biloxi Museums division at 435-6280 for more information.