Pascagoula, Miss. (GulfLive.com) –
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann spoke Thursday at the Mississippi Maritime Museum general membership meeting.
His message: the preservation the the maritime industry bodes well for keeping homegrown products in the state and Mississippi Gulf Coast.
”I fully support the efforts of this community-based board to create this museum,” said Hosemann. ” We’ve been building ships in Jackson County for 300 years and the sea-going tradition here is stronger than ever today. We really must make every effort to preserve our history here in Mississippi.”
Museum board president Perry Thompson and fund raising chairman Robert Hardy brought those in attendance up to date on the museum’s developmental progress.
Over $600,000 has already been raised, with the probability of incoming grants and state funding bringing an expectation of the facility to reality in the next couple of years.
Thompson also stated the Marine Activities Center is already well-used and has been the site of an ongoing maritime history lecture series.
Those interested in assisting in the fundraising efforts of the museum can visit the Get On Board site for more information.