Board of Trustees and MDAH Staff to Tour Gulf Coast Properties

While on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for its regular quarterly board meeting Friday, October 28, the board of trustees of the Department of Archives and History and MDAH staff will tour properties rehabilitated through the popular Hurricane Relief Grant Program for Historic Preservation. The United States Congress provided $26.1 million for the grant program to rehabilitate owner- occupied houses listed on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, as well as public and institutional landmarks of the local communities.

The day-long tour will begin Thursday morning. Stops will include the Bay St. Louis Little Theater, the Hancock County Courthouse, and the Randolph School in Pass Christian.

A public reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi. Kane Ditto, president of the board of trustees, will present resolutions of commendation to local organizations and citizens for contributions to the preservation and interpretation of Mississippi history. The MDAH board meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. on Friday at the new Biloxi Visitors Center on Highway 90.

Members of the board of trustees of the Department of Archives and History are president Kane Ditto, Jackson; vice president Rosemary Taylor Williams, Corinth; Reuben V. Anderson, Jackson; R. Webster Heidelberg, Hattiesburg; E. Jackson Garner, Jackson; Hilda Cope Povall, Cleveland; Martis D. Ramage, Jr., Belden; and Roland Weeks, Biloxi.

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