What's Up, Waveland? June 2021
Waveland alderman Jeremy Burke reports on the Smithsonian's “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” exhibit at the Ground Zero Museum, gives the latest on Destination Waveland 2021, and shares details on upcoming sewerage improvements.
The Ground Zero Museum is one of only six sites in Mississippi chosen by the Mississippi Humanities Council to host the newest traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street Division. The Smithsonian exhibit was specifically designed for smaller and rural communities, and the Waveland’s Ground Zero Museum is the only site chosen along the Mississippi Gulf Coast!
The exhibit showcases how rural communities have changed, adapted and persevered over the decades. The exhibit features interactive areas and encourages visitors to view their community in a new light.
In addition to the Smithsonian exhibition, the museum will also feature displays depicting areas of Hancock County to complement the Crossroads national installation, and its permanent exhibits, including the powerful “Where Wind and Water Speak” video.
Waveland is thrilled to be partnering with Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street Division and the Mississippi Humanities Council to bring this special presentation to our city and county. Waveland is fortunate to have been awarded a partnership grant from Mississippi Gulf Coast Marine Resources.
Located at 335 Coleman Avenue, Waveland’s Ground Zero Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am-3:00 pm; admission is free. Contact the museum for more information at 228-467-9012.
Waveland’s Ground Zero Museum will also present “From Logtown to Infinity,” a series of exhibits and lectures detailing the local history of Hancock County that will be presented free to the public. The lecture dates are as follows:
July 14, 2021 6-8 pm
“Port and Harbor: an asset to Hancock County”
William Cotter, CEO
Studio Waveland, 228 Coleman Ave.; light refreshments
The Port and Harbor serves as an influential economic engine for Hancock County. Mr. Cotter will share past, present, and future of the Port’s contribution to Hancock County.
July 21, 2021 6-8 pm
“Creative Economy,” Steve Barney, The Arts, Hancock County, owner of Creative Arts Center
Lazy Magnolia Brewery, 7030 Roscoe-Turner Rd, Kiln
Mr. Barney will share an amazing video including interviews from various artists in our community addressing their art and contribution to the economy of the area. Food and drink are available for purchase from Lazy Magnolia. Lecture will start around 6:30 pm to provide ample time to order food and beverages.
July 24, 2021 6-8 pm
“Agriculture Changes,” Dr. Christian Stephenson, MS State Agricultural Extension agent
Waveland Library, 345 Coleman Ave.; light refreshments
As the agent for the MS State Agricultural Extension for Hancock County, Dr. Stephenson is a popular speaker on the Gulf Coast. He will discuss changes over time in agriculture and horticulture within our county and surrounding counties.
July 28, 2021 6-8 pm
“Black History and Influence,” Art Clementin, Education Administrator (retired)
Pearlington Library, 6096 1st Avenue; light refreshments
This program will acknowledge the strong influence and contribution made to Hancock County by our black ancestors and current leaders. Mr. Clementin is also past library Board of Trustee Chairperson and the host of a weekly religious radio program.
August 4, 2021 6-8 pm
“Logtown to Infinity” Allison Anderson, FAIA, LEED-AP, and Brehm Bell, J.D.
Bay St. Louis Library, 312 Highway 90; light refreshments
This lecture will highlight the changes in our community from the days of Logtown to the contributions at Stennis.
August 11, 2021 6-8 pm
“Population Data and Trends,” John Green, Ph.D.
Studio Waveland, 228 Coleman Ave.; light refreshments
Dr. Green, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Director at the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University, will discuss population data and trends in Hancock County 2000-2010.
Destination Waveland Moved to Labor Day Weekend
Destination Waveland is an event that historically was held on the Fourth of July. The event started in 2015 when the co-owner of Roger’s Sports Bar & Grill, Donna Estopinal, won a national contest awarding the event to Waveland.
Last year’s Destination Waveland event was canceled due to a ban on large gatherings. This year, Destination Waveland will return to Coleman Avenue on Labor Day weekend, to reduce competition with many other Fourth of July events.
The planning committee will release more details at a later date, but keep Labor Day weekend open for and music, fireworks and fun at Destination Waveland.
HCUA Sewer Project in Waveland
Governor Tate Reeves announced on Thursday a $2.7 million GOMESA Atlantic Street sewer improvement project in Hancock County. This project will eliminate the need for dozens of homeowners in Wards 1 and 3 to be on septic tanks, which will help eliminate contamination of nearby bayous, river, and the Gulf.
Once the Hancock County Utility Authority completes this project, no Waveland streets will be on a septic tank sewer system.
This sewer improvement project has been championed by State Representative Brent Anderson (District 122) since he was the City of Waveland representative on the Hancock County Utility Authority.
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