Preserving Hancock County's rich history

By David Elliott - bio | email

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A small, New Orleans style cottage known as the Kate Lobrano House in Old Town Bay St. Louis contains an incredible collection of documents, photographs and other historical records. The Hancock County Historical Society keeps all of its material in the house.

"We have photographs of every house in Bay St. Louis," Society Executive Director Charles Gray said.

Gray and other members of the Historical Society have collected and catalogued items that tell the story of people and places in one of the oldest cities in this part of America.

"People have been living on this bluff for more that 310 years," Gray said.

Gray is in the process of digitizing all of the photos and documents for safekeeping because, over the years, disasters like hurricanes have destroyed public and private collections. The society is meticulous about keeping accurate records of Hancock County's rich heritage. According to Charles Gray, time, people and places matter in the grand scheme of things.

"It tells us who we were and how we got to be who we are."

The Hancock County Historical Society invites guests to the Kate Lobrano House for a look at the past. Their telephone number is (228) 467-4090.

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