Tuesday, January 29, 2008

18th Annual Mississippi Coast History Week is February 10-16

The Mississippi Coast Historical and Genealogical Society will sponsor the 18th annual Mississippi Coast History Week, February 10th through the 16th. It will be cosponsored by the City of Biloxi.

February 13th will mark the 309th anniversary of the landing of Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. To commemorate this occasion, the Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi, Bishop of the Catholic Dioceses will celebrate Mass at the Biloxi Community Center on Tuesday, February 12th at 10 a.m.

History Week will feature three days of history with re-enactors dressed in 18th century reproduction French clothing. There will be a presentation on French Colonial soldiers and their contacts with Gulf Coast Indians; a portrayal of the life of an 18th century French lady; and a display of foods that were grown on the Mississippi Gulf coast when the French arrived.

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum will have demonstrations relating to the seafood industry. The George Ohr Museum will be doing pinch pots and handing out activity books to the children. The Local History & Genealogy Department of the Biloxi Library will explain the making of Family Tree charts.

This year, the society has invited historical and genealogical societies in our coast cities to join in. The public is invited to attend the presentations at the Biloxi Community Center, 591 Howard Avenue, from Tuesday until Thursday, February 12 - 14 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Admission to the events is free.

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