Mississippi Maritime Museum contract signing held at City Hall
PASCAGOULA, Mississippi– Thursday at City Hall marked a day of realization that the preservation of the Mississippi Maritime Museum’s rich history will now have a home located within the old Pascagoula High School.
In March, Gov. Phil Bryant keynoted the 3rd annual General Membership Meeting for the museum and discussed how important shipbuilding in Pascagoula has been for the men and women who serve in the armed forces.
Dr. Jack C. Hoover, president emeritus of the museum, was present at City Hall on Thursday to sign contracts along with Terry L. Bollman, president; Robert Hardy, treasurer; Robert Smith, building and facilities committee chairman; and Hank Tojusen of Fletcher Construction Company.
“Bids were sent out and Fletcher Construction submitted the best bid and one we accepted, so now, construction and renovations has started at the old band hall at the old Pascagoula High School, so this is a big occasion and our first big step forward to have the world-class Maritime Museum,” Hoover said.
Phase I of the project involves transforming the former PHS Band Hall building into a 3,000-square-foot Maritime Activity Center, which will house museum offices, conference room, and facilities for receipt and archival storage of maritime artifacts. Additionally, 3,000 square feet will be provided for training and hands-on projects for local students as the MAC becomes operational.
Phase II will include the former Math and Science building at PHS. Renovations there will consist of it being converted into the 17,000-square-foot Maritime Museum. The museum will highlight Mississippi’s 300-year maritime legacy utilizing interactive displays on the shipbuilding industry, the Port of Pascagoula, the offshore oil industry and the Chevron refinery. Also within the museum will be displays of the LNG complex, the seafood and menhaden industries, and recreational resources along the Pascagoula River and the Gulf Coast.
The Mississippi Maritime Museum is a body established in 2010 to build a museum in Pascagoula to preserve the history, educate others about Mississippi’s Maritime heritage, and honor those who built the many vessels constructed in Mississippi. Since WWII, Pascagoula has been the epicenter of shipbuilding activity in the state of Mississippi, as it is the home of Huntington-Ingalls Shipbuilding, Signet Shipbuilding, VT Halter Marine, Signal International, the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery and many suppliers.