Library to unveil exhibit on WWII veteran Louis Hengen

The Local History and Genealogy Department at the Biloxi Public Library will host a salute to World War II veteran and Biloxi native Louis Hengen during a program on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, covers five years of the life of Hengen who served before and during World War II in both the United States and in the European Theater of Operations. Hengen’s military life unfolds through this time capsule of military artifacts, including uniforms, papers, and traveling gear.

“The purpose of this exhibit,” says Local History and Genealogy Librarian Jane Shambra,  “is to highlight the military life of a native Biloxian, Louis Hengen, as he served our country during World War II.  The department will present authentic displays reflecting  Major Hengen’s military career including his uniforms, helmets, steamer trunk, books, souvenirs, correspondence, field equipment and even newspaper comics.

“The program will feature a brief overview of the Local History Department, a biography of Major Hengen, presented by his daughter Jamie Hengen Swan, and will accent the adventure of piecing together genealogy mysteries  as one discovers family attic treasures.”

The Biloxi Public Library is at 580 Howard Ave.

Details: 228-435-4613 or


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