Ocean Springs kicks off Weekend of Discovery

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - As a part of the Ocean Springs Weekend of Discovery, the city is going back in time this weekend with a number of special events.

The kick-off to the weekend of fun and adventure started Friday night in downtown Ocean Springs. Mayor Connie Moran officially marked April 25 as the beginning of the Ocean Springs Weekend of Discovery.

The community came out dressed in historical clothing to unveil a replication of the original colony stone that was discovered in Ocean Springs in 1910.

Board member of the 1699 Historical Society Christopher Haug says this first event helps people learn about the city's history and why it's important today.

"The discovery taken together helps promote, preserve and bring to life the events of 1699 that really started the modern development of this area in the Gulf Coast that we all call home," Haug said.

Haug says through an involved partnership with the Ocean Springs Museum of History and the University of Southern Mississippi, they were able to show how modern day technology can help bring history to the present. Marc Poole, the Art Instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, says the partnership is what allowed the replica stone to be such a success.

"Over the last two years, I've worked at acquiring a 3D printer at my school and trying to find a way that we could replicate it. That involved communicating with the Louisiana State Museum, finding someone to assist us, which was USM's Polymer Institute to create the scan and then actually recreating the stone itself, the replica, on our printer at our Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College," Poole said.

This is one of the many history lessons you can check out over the weekend that has something to offer to everyone.

To find a list of this weekend's events you can visit http://1699landing.org/.

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