Gulfport Museum of History officially opens

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You can now take a trip back in time as the Gulfport Historical Society officially welcomes the Gulfport Museum of History today.

The museum has been in the works for years now and the all-volunteer organization is excited to showcase one of the younger towns on the Coast, known for its port and its lumber industry.

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You can come learn about everything from the history of Gulfport High School, to the port, and even old local diners, all artifacts on display donated by local residents.

Vice President of the Society Pat Pannell says after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of Gulfport’s history, she knew it was important to preserve more of what makes the city so unique. “We’ve got this wonderful display of John C. Robinson, first African-American to start an air school from Gulfport. I’m ashamed to admit it, until I belonged to this, I didn’t know about him. That’s the sad part, that’s the thing we’re trying to reach out to people. That is one of our goals, to keep the history alive.”

You can stop by every Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot, located at 1419 27th Avenue in Gulfport.