Waveland Hurricane Katrina museum ready to launch first exhibit next week
Apr 26, 2013, 19:13
The first exhibit of the Waveland Ground Zero museum will be on display at the Waveland Civic Center beginning next week.
Waveland Mayor David Garcia said Friday that a carousel which was donated to the city after Hurricane Katrina will be assembled and displayed during the month of May.
A "sneak preview" of the carousel will be available to selected officials on May 3.
"This is the first piece of the museum," Garcia said. "We want to have some open houses next month so the public can review the carousel. This is a start, but we still have a ways to go before we have a full-fledged museum."
The Carousel of the Olympic Sea, was a gift from the Port Townsend Washington Carousel Association. Bill Denton of Dentzel Carousel Manufacturing will be present on May 3, giving the history of the carousel and his company.
It will be displayed in the "Boy Scout" room of the civic center, Garcia said.
The Ground Zero Museum has been in the works for the past few years and city leaders have been attempting to secure funding and collect photos, exhibits, and art work for it.
Garcia said city leaders are hoping to one day be able to fill all three rooms of the civic center with information and exhibits about Katrina and other storms such hurricanes Camille and Betsy.
"It's only fitting that this museum will be located in the only building that survived on Coleman Avenue," Garcia said.
Garcia said a firm date for public display of the carousel has not been set, but he and the board of aldermen should discuss it early in May.