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|There’s plenty happening at the museum, even if it seems as though it’s been forever since we had the fire this past Labor Day.|
Here’s the latest and greatest:
- As soon as we’re cleared to re-open, we’ll get to work re-setting the exhibit, Read All About It: 50 Years of The Gabber Newspaper. (The exhibit was only open for two weeks before the fire and the folks at The Gabber agreed to let us keep the artifacts a while longer.)
- The museum has had a few changes inside, so if you’re a member, keep your eyes open for your VIP-only invite to our grand re-opening preview. Not a member? Join now.
- We will resume our porch parties at Scout Hall starting this Friday, and we’re super-jazzed about this month. Did you know that Egmont Key was part of the Trail of Tears and the government imprisoned Seminole Indians there? The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s primary investigator for Egmont Key, Dave Scheidecker, will speak at our porch party about this fascinating aspect of the island’s lessor-known history. Join us on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in Gulfport’s Scout Hall (5315 28th Ave. S., Gulfport) to learn about the history — and how it’s at risk with rising sea levels. Here’s more information.
- The next morning, Dave will lead a trip to Egmont Key to show us the history. This trip is free for Gulfport Historical Society members and $40 for everyone else. It’s already filling up, though, so please make sure to sign up for the trip — we expect it to be full by the time the porch party rolls around Friday night! Here’s more info and a link to register and — for nonmembers — pay for the trip.
- This week we’ll start digitizing our collection — we’re beginning the process of making tape cassettes (well, hello there, 1983!) of our oral histories digital. We’re still a long way from having enough money to digitize the photographs and other paper artifacts, though — please consider making a donation to the effort today (here’s how).
- Because of the trip to Egmont Key, there will be no walking tour this month. Why? Because we don’t have enough volunteers to staff both! Want to volunteer? Email our president, Cathy Salustri, and she’ll get you set up as one.
- We’re also hiring walking tour guides. Sound like fun? Send us your resume, and plan to attend one haunted walking tour (Feb. 1) and one regular tour (Feb. 16) in February.
We were fortunate no one died in the Labor Day fire at the museum, but seven people die every day in a home fire. That’s why we’re encouraging people to help volunteer with the American Red Cross, Gulfport Neighbors and Gulfport Fire and Rescue for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.) as volunteers go door-to-door in one Gulfport neighborhood, installing smoke alarms and talking about fire safety.
Volunteers 16 and older can participate. Please wear closed-toe shoes and meet at Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church (5800 15th Ave. S, Gulfport) at 9 a.m.; park on the south end of the parking lot.
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