History week to bow Feb. 21-27

The Mississippi Coast Historical & Genealogical Society and the City of Biloxi will sponsor the 20th Annual Mississippi Coast History Week Feb. 21-27.

The public is invited to view the exhibits at the Biloxi Community Center, 591 Howard Avenue on Monday February 22th, Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
History Week will feature three days of history with re-enactors dressed in 18th century reproduction French attire giving presentations.

There will be displays of Native American artifacts, French Colonial artifacts, and other historical artifacts. An artifact identification opportunity will be available for individuals to bring in artifacts for classification. For more information on this feature, contact Edmond Boudreaux at 324-8934.

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum will provide demonstrations relating to the seafood industry. The Local History & Genealogy Department of the Biloxi Library will provide information on the making of Family Tree charts.

Historical societies participating will include: D’Iberville Historical Society, Pass Christian Historical Society, Hancock County Historical Society, Long Beach Historical Society, Jackson County Historical & Genealogical Society.

Various cultural groups that contributed to the history of the coast will have booths representing their heritage.
These groups are Greek, Slavonian, Fleur de lis Society, Delta Sigma Beta (African-American), Vietnamese, Danish Historic Foundation, Jewish, Irish and Spanish.

Also participating will be the Ohr/O’Keefe Museum of Art, Katrina Research Center USM, Beauvoir, Mississippi Maritime Museum, the Gulf Coast Chapter of the MAA, and the Archaeology Department at USM. A new exhibit featuring photographs from the 19th and 20th Century, “Biloxi Reminisces,” will be presented.

To mark the 311th anniversary of Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville’s landing on our shores on February 13, 1699, the Most Reverend Roger Paul Morin, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi will celebrate Mass at the Biloxi Community Center on Wednesday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Past History Week events have become popular and all local schools are encouraged to attend.

Admission is free.

For more information please call Mary Adkinson or Paul Dubaz at (228) 436-3095.