The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts & Education, 1600 Government, is seeking donations and loans of artifacts from citizens for placement in the future Ocean Springs City Museum.
"We have a 300 year history and have never had a place to house the artifacts," explained Betty Magee, President/Executive Director of the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center.
"At this point in our building process, we will have a museum in approximately 90 days; now, we need a collection. Fortunately, we have created an archival storage prior to the building of the city museum."
The Ocean Springs City Museum is looking for heirlooms that tell the unique history of the city founded in 1699. These include quilts, clothing, kitchen items, bottles, antiques, pictures, school memorabilia, or any item that reflects the history of the community.
Citizens who have such items may contact Ms. Magee at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts & Education at 228-818-2878 or they may stop by the Center located on Government Street.
Members of the Ocean Springs Museum Commission are Joey Rice, Chairwoman; Ray Bellande, Secretary; Sharon McQuilkin, Larry Cosper, Pat Pinson, Joe Garrard, and Mabelle Bowers.
The City approved the drawings for the Ocean Springs City Museum at the September 25 Board of Aldermen meeting.
"The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center continues to be a treasure for our community with the addition of a city museum," said Mayor Connie Moran. "I attended school in this building, as did my father - this building is of great personal significance to so many people in Ocean Springs. The museum will allow our citizens and future generations to enjoy our unique history in a truly historic location."