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Pascagoula group seeks advice to build successful maritime museum

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By Patrice Clark – bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) – Supporters of a plan to build a maritime museum in Pascagoula traveled to Camp Shelby to check out its state of art military museum. The Pascagoula group also got advice on how to recruit funding sources and support for its project.  

The tour guide led the way through Camp Shelby's $4.1 million Armed Forces Museum. Members of the Mississippi Maritime and Warship Museum of Pascagoula listened and looked in amazement at the all the military artifacts. 

"I think we are getting some very good ideas," Group member Delores Early said. 

This group needs help opening a similar museum to showcase Pascagoula's shipbuilding history. Pascagoula Mayor Robbie Maxwell said the group was originally formed to save the Ingalls built U.S.S Ticonderoga and bring it home. 

"Every day that we waste is a day we lose certain things about our heritage," Mayor Maxwell said. 

The group's president Dr. Jack Hoover agrees with the mayor. He said this trip showed him the importance of developing a strategic plan and leaning on state and local leaders for help. 

"We have been to the state legislature now twice, to the tourism committee at the state level." 

The group also found out it's smart to start collecting memorabilia before opening a museum. 

"We are trying now to secure a building, a temporary building, so we can go ahead collect this," Hoover said.

The maritime group said it will cost $12 million to build a museum like the one at Camp Shelby. Even though the economy is slow, the group members say the advice they received has encouraged them to continue to reach their goal. 

"We are looking to the federal, the state, and the county, and any kind of donations and grants." 

Maritime members are hoping to build the museum on Lowery Island, which is owned by the state. Once the museum is built, they want to bring the U.S.S. Ticonderoga to the coast. The group estimates the total project cost is in the range of $20 million. 

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