BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - This weekend a new building loaded with 300 years worth of Biloxi's rich seafood and maritime history will open. Historical stories will be heard and seen in the form of re-enactments, artifacts and old pictures. The new facility replaces the old museum wiped out by Hurricane Katrina.
"Busy bee hive right now. There's just a lot going on right now, finishing the exhibitory, getting us as a board ready to a private opening and then the public Saturday and Sunday. So we've got our hands full," said museum board member Kim Ross Bush.
Dozens of people working inside and outside of the walls are making sure the exhibits are complete before opening day, which is Saturday. Bush said there will be a weekend full of activities on the museum grounds.
"We'll be having activities for children, oyster shell painting, and light refreshments. Everybody will be eligible to register to win one of our new lithographs of the Biloxi Schooner. That's a beautiful framed piece. We will also have historical character re-enactments going on throughout the building," she said.
Bush proudly boasts she is the daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter of commercial fishermen.
"Saltwater runs in my veins. I always like to say that I'm a girl that was raised by the Gulf of Mexico, and it's absolutely the truth. But my story is not unique. There are hundreds of families that share the same passion I do about our history and heritage and that fact that we have to preserve it for generations to come," said Bush.
Once guests are officially welcomed in, Bush says younger generations will learn, remember and honor those who helped shape the seafood and maritime industry here on the coast. The museum opens to the public Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Those who have contributed to the maritime and seafood industry have been inducted into the museum's Heritage Hall of Fame.
INDUCTEES SFOR MSIM 2014 HERITAGE HALL OF FAME
BOAT OWNER/CAPTAIN/COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN (35)
EDWARD EUGENE "COTTON" KOPOZYWA, JR, WALTER E. "CAPT ELEY" ROSS, SR, WALTER E. ROSS, JR "JUNIE", MANLEY COSPELICH, FALTON J. "POOCHIE" PREVOST, RONALD BAKER SR, ROBERT BEGNAUD, DONALD BAKER, ROLAND J. "KING MULLET" CREEL SR, ROLAND J. "BROTHER" CREEL JR, ALEC & ALICE McCALEB, PETER D. MISKO, JR, PETER BUZOLICK "CAPT PETE", SEAGEOUS LELEAUX SR, RICHARD PURCHNER, WILRFED P BARRY, SR, JAMES "SID" KING, CAPT EDWIN JACQUET, LEON V RICHIE, SR, JOHN JOSEPH KERSANAC, JOHN DeSILVEY, PETER MARTIN SKRMETTA, RICHARD C. KOPSZYWA, THOMAS JAMES SCHULTZ, JR (TOMMY), WILLIAM "BILLY" THIROUX, ANTHONY "TONY" MIHOJEVICH, THOMAS C. PLYLAR, SR, SAM SMOLCICH, STANLEY T. "ROOK" KOPSZYWA, JOHN MAVAR, SR, JOESPH H. LECKICH, MIKE SEKUL, CARROLL PECK WILLIAMS, CHARLES E. "SONNY" WEEMS, FRITZ SANTA CRUZ
COMMERCIAL SEAFOOD PROCESSOR (20)
UNION FISHERIES, GULF CENTRAL SEAFOOD/MIKE SEKUL, DEJEANS / ELMER WILLIAMS / CARROLL PECK WILLLIAMS, FLAGSHIP SEAFOOD/ JOE LECKICH, LECKICH SALES/ JOE LECKICH, C.F. GOLLOTT & SONS SEAFOOD INC /CARROLL FRANK "C.F." GOLLOTT, ARMOND "ARNIE" GOLLOTT SR, GOLLOTT OIL DOCK & ICE HOUSE/ GOLDEN GULF COAST PKG CO/ RICHARD GOLLOTT SR, WEEMS BROS. SEAFOOD CO. /CHARLES EDWARD WEEMS, SR, CHARLES E. WEEMS, JR "SONNY", BILOXI SEAFOOD PACKING COMPANY, IN/ PAUL HALAT SR, LECKICH & FAYARD SEAFOOD CO/ JOE LECKICH, R.A. FAYARD, JOE LECKICH JR, WAYNE LECKICH, KULJIS SEAFOOD & OIL WHARF/ PETER KULJIS, SR, STEVE KULJIS, SR, DUBAZ BROTHERS SEAFOOD CO/ LUKE DUBAZ SR, JOHN DUBAZ, GEORGE DUBAZ, VICTORY PACKING CO/ JOE LECKICH SR, JOHN EWING, BULL THORNTON, R. A. LESSO SEAFOOD CO/ R.A. LESSO,SR, R.A. LESSO, JR, MAVAR SHRIMP & OYSTER CO, INC / JOHN MAVAR, SR, NICK MAVAR SR, SAM MAVAR SR, VICTOR MAVAR, SR, SEA COAST PACKING CO, INC / STEVE M SEKUL, PETE C SEKUL, PETER PAVLOV SR, NICHOLAS CERENICH, KULUZ BROS PACKING CO, INC/ MATTHEW KULUZ, TONY M. KULUZ, VINCENT KULUZ, NICK KULUZ, ANTICICH CANNING CO / GREGO ANTICICH, M.W. ANTICICH, MIYO ANTICICH, BILOXI CANNING COMPANY, SHEMPER SEAFOD COMPANY/ ISRAEL "BUDDY" SHEMPER
SUPPORTING INDUSTRY TRADESMAN (catch all category) (11)
HAROLD S. CATCHOT SR/ MCELROY CATCHOT WINCH, MARTIN FOUNTAIN SR/FOSTER FOUNTAIN PACKING CO, MARTIN, FOUNTAIN SR BOATWORKS, FRANCIS R. C. CREEL / CREEL & SON TRAWL CO, JUNIUS ROLAND CREEL/Seven C's Marine, JAMES PAUL "JIMMY" ELLIS, HENRY F FOUNTAIN, SR / HENRY FOUNTAIN BOAT WORKS, HERB GLAVAN/GLAVAN TRAWL MFG. CO, MAVAR BOAT CO. INC/JOHN MAVAR, SR, BRADYS BAIT HOUSE, SAIL FISH/BILOXI SHRIMPING TRIP, JOESPH TROCHESSET
JUNIE DOFFIE, SONJA WEEMS, I.HIEDENHIEM, H.E. GUMBLE, PAN AMERICAN, PECK WILLIAMS, OPHELIA WILLIAMS, ALVERA C, MISS PAT, DOLORES CATHERINE, JOHN MAVAR, MARIA MAVAR, GERALD MAVAR, JOHN MAVAR SR, VICTOR MAVAR, SAM MAVAR, VERA D, HARVESTER, MISS AMERICA, WALLACE S., CAPTAIN BLOOD, GULF CENTRAL, RUTH F, J. P. LECKICH, THELMA LECKICH, JOE LECKICH, R. A. FAYARD, JOAN FAYARD, MICHAEL FAYARD, JOANN FAYARD, DORIS T., WAMP, RUTH, AMERICAN GIRL, RADIO, RADIANCE, LINDA K, BIG BILL, BUDDY, SCOONER, BOY TOCHE, BIDWELL ADAM, BIRDIE MAE, SNOWDRIFT, BEN DORA, KING ARTHUR, QUARTERBACK, LADY VERA, CLEMENTINE FOUNTAIN, MISS EDNA, SYLVIA ROSE, BILLIE BOY
An induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug 2 at 1:00 in front of the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum. Certificates will be awarded and light refreshments will be served.