Chamber, historical society join for ‘Fun’
By Jennifer Lenain
Mar 5, 2013, 18:08
The Hancock Chamber Hospitality Industry Council on Monday hosted a Fun Facts About Hancock County History luncheon at the Hancock County Historical Society.
The Hancock Chamber Hospitality Industry Council was created to bring together businesses involved in tourism and hospitality in Hancock County.
More than 50 county residents gathered at the Kate Lobrano House for the event.
Historical Society Executive Director Charles Gray entertained guests with historical facts while they were treated to a buffet-style lunch catered by Almost Home Catering.
"Bay St. Louis is the third oldest city on the Gulf of Mexico," Gray said.
The luncheon served as front-line training for staff in customer service areas that are a part of Hancock County Tourism. The Tourism Ambassador Program is teaching area-promotion to small business owners, Hancock Chamber Executive Director Tish Williams said.
"We are trying to restore our tourism industry and our market that has been destroyed," she said. "We need to be ambassadors of our history.
"Being one of the oldest cities on the Gulf, Bay St. Louis has so much history, she said.
The historical society was founded in 1977 and its quest is to research and preserve the history of Hancock County.
When Grey moved to the area and joined the society in 1984, he said, there were six members at the time.
Today, there are about 1,100 members, he said.
The society has more than 30,000 photos of the county from the late 19th century and early 20th century; 150 of them line the walls of the Kate Lobrano House. The Kate Lobrano house is open to the public five days a week.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Hancock County Historical Society, call (228) 467-4090.