Preservation in May showcases Biloxi’s history

Preservation in May, the community’s annual month-long celebration of Biloxi’s history, kicks off Thursday with a sneak peek of the upcoming historical and cultural expo.

The public is invited to begin the series with a preview of the annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Exposition. Before the expo opens to the public on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Visitors Center, Preservation in May attendees will get to visit with local historians and tour information booths celebrating the history and culture of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Preservation series picks up each Thursday throughout the month and includes the Passport to History program. Through the program, series attendees can get their passport stamped at each event Those who collect at least three stamps and attend the last event on May 30, will receive a free gift.

Here is the series lineup.

May 2, Sneak Peek, 5:30-7 p.m., Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd.
Visitors to the Biloxi Visitors Center will attend a preview of the annual MississippiCoast Historical and Cultural Exposition where organizations will share the history and traditions of the Gulf Coast.

May 9, Walking in Woolmarket’s History, 5:30-7 p.m., Coalville United Methodist Church, 12298 Shorecrest Road.
Visitors will learn about the history of the Woolmarket and take a stroll through the Coalville Cemetery.

May 16, Take it to the Grave, 5:30-7 p.m., Old Biloxi Cemetery, 1166 Irish Hill Drive.
While touring the Old Biloxi Cemetery, participants will be able to view the family recipes of those resting there. In fact, family recipes are being requested through May 3 at 5 p.m. Visit online by clicking here to submit your family recipe.

May 23, Main Street Book Club featuring Candace Wheeler, 5:30-7 p.m., Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd.
Author Candance Wheeler will feature her latest work “Sunset in the Sound.”

May 30, Preservation Awards, 5:30-7 p.m., Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd.
Awards will be presented to individuals, organizations, and businesses who actively work to preserve Biloxi’s historic buildings and resources. Nominations are open through May 10. For details, email Mandy Hornsby at

All events are free to attend.

Preservation in May is organized by the City of Biloxi, Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Biloxi Main Street, Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, and the Mississippi Coast Historical an Genealogical Society.
See the Preservation in May flyer
See the Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Exposition flyer

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The week that was: Weekly reports from the departments of Police, Fire, Community Development, Public Works and Engineering are now online for your review. To see the report from last week and an archive of weekly reports, click here.

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