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Biloxi needs your vintage photos

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Earlier this month, the City of Biloxi put out an appeal for old family pictures, video or film of community events from years past to use in exhibits planned for the new visitors center now under construction north of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The goal is for the exhibits to tell the story of Biloxi and the Gulf Coast.

The city has already received a number of vintage photos and other memorabilia. But, Biloxi Historical Administrator Bill Raymond told WLOX News they welcome more.

Anyone with vintage photographs can bring them to the city's Community Development Department on MLK Boulevard weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Material will be immediately scanned and returned. Images also can be emailed to stevehardingdesign@att.net.

"The exhibits are going to tell the story of Biloxi and the Gulf Coast, so we're looking to get a wide array of images from community events from decades ago," said Mayor A.J. Holloway. "We're expecting to use thousands of images -- photographs and video -- in multi-media presentations, and this is something that everyone should be a part of."

Biloxi has hired Steve Harding Design, an award-winning museum design firm based in Houston, to create nine exhibits and a documentary to tell the story of Biloxi and the Gulf Coast.

The design and construction of the exhibits are expected to cost as much as a million dollars. The visitors center is a $14 million building project being funded by the Mississippi Development Authority.

The Lighthouse Park and Visitors Center is expected to be completed in Spring 2011.

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