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Coming Soon: Gulfport History Month

October 1 heralds the start of Gulfport History Month, and we’ve jam-packed the month with everything from a 5K race to a low country seafood boil. Read on to plan your best October ever:

Come meet Gulfport photographer Bob Bates Friday, October 2 at Gulfport’s Catherine Hickman Theatre (5501 Beach Boulevard) as we unveil our show, Changes Along the Bayou: Gulfport Then and Now. Bob took old Gulfport photos and re-created them; at the art reception in the Hickman lobby. Pia’s Trattoria will provide snacks the city operates a cash bar. The reception begins at 6 p.m.; please come meet Bob and the board.

On October 10, Celebrate Gulfport at the Born on the Bayou Celebration of the 105th anniversary of the city’s incorporation (although Gulfport’s older than that!). The day’s festivities start with a free pet parade, organized by Gulfport Get Rescued. From there, we’ll have retro kids games, music, the mullet toss, Fishermen Feats of Strength (grown-up games), trolley history tours, and free guided kayak tours (courtesy of Sea Tow Tampa Bay; follow them on Facebook). Signup for the kayak tours is limited; we will sign people up starting at 9:30 and provide transport from the museum to the kayak launch site. Pets, kids, and humans welcome. All events start at the Gulfport History Museum (5301 28th Avenue South).

Friday, October 16, please join us for the Flying Mullet 5K and One Mile Doggie Dash/Fun Run. This run starts the museum, leads you through some of the most interesting parts of downtown, and finishes with a great street party at O’Maddy’s. Runners get beer and pasta at the race’s end. Every participant gets a medal, and Gulfport artist Eric Folsom designed and made the trophies. Dogs (or other animals) who participate in the run/walk get their own goodie bag. Kids under 10 can compete for $10; the net proceeds from all the kid registration goes to MY Foundation, a charity that helps Gulfport’s oldest and youngest community members. The run starts at 6 p.m. at the Gulfport History Museum (5301 28th Avenue South).

Gulfport gets Down on the Bayou at the third annual Gulfport Under the Stars. This year, taste a touch of the lowcountry along the Gulf Coast with a seafood boil, live music, and dancing under an almost-full Hunter’s Moon. Gulfport Under the Stars takes place on the grounds of the newly-redone Gulfport History Museum. The dinner includes free soft beverages, a seafood boil, and dancing. New this year: a dessert and soft drink only option! We are pleased to announce Pia’s Trattoria will provide a tempting array of desserts, and Hot Tub Club will provide live music. As always, dress is Florida Casual – please wear your best flip flops. Buy your tickets here. Gulfport Historical Society members, please use the discount code emailed to you in the August issue of the Historian. Adult beverages available.

End Gulfport History Month with mostly-spooky stories around our bonfire pit. We’ll have s’mores fixins and hot dogs available for a nominal fee, and a professional storyteller to tell us spooky stories. Join us at dark with your kids and pets to hear and tell scary stories. Costumes welcome but not necessary; beverages available. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and lasts until the stories end!

Come to any or all of these events and get caught up in Gulfport!

2016 Wall Calendars Now Available for Pre-Sale

CoverWEBIf you missed getting the Gulfport Historical Society’s 2015 ultimate guide to all things Gulfport (Some like to call it a “wall calendar”) this year, don’t let 2016 go by without one of these hanging in your home.

Some people ask, “Why do I need a calendar? I have one on my phone?”

Yes, you do. But our calendar has much more than spaces to write appointments; it includes information about city services, who to call in city government when you have a question or concern, all the special and recurring Gulfport events, and the holiday trash collection schedule. Want to know when Gulfport Neighbors will hold the next Junk in the Trunk? It’s in the calendar. What time does SoTangerine! Market on the Greenway end every Saturday? It’s in the calendar. What day is GeckoFestIt’s in the calendar.

Trust us when we tell you, we’ve included everything you could possibly want to know about Gulfport.

This year’s theme, If History Could Send Postcards From a Bayou Town, explores Gulfport’s maritime heritage with a re-imagined look at Gulfport photos. We’ve taken photos most of you have probably never seen before – some are brand-new to us, too – and we’ve played with the idea “How would someone have made this a postcard? What would the sender have said?” Throughout the year, we play with the idea of what tourism in Gulfport might have looked like 50 or 100 years ago.

Last year, we sold out of 2015 calendars before the end of 2014. Pre-order your 2016 Calendar and we’ll have it ready for you at Born on the Bayou: A Celebration of Gulfport on October 10. They only cost five dollars, and every cent we make off the calendar goes towards historical programming and events.

Donate to Gulfport Historical Society for Free!

No, this isn’t a creative way to ask for volunteers – although we need those, too. It’s how we announce (with great pleasure) that the Gulfport Historical Society is now an official charity with Amazon Smiles.

What does that mean?

Well, it means if you click on this link your browser will open a new window and you’ll see your Amazon account, same as if you’d clicked on The difference is that Amazon will donate 0.5% of whatever you spend to us, every time you buy something on Amazon. We don’t see what you buy and we never see your payment information, so please click this link once and, from now on, we’ll get a couple bucks when you buy paper towels or dog toys or books.

So, what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

Oh, and if you care to share – and we truly hope you will – here’s the link to use

Thanks, and happy donating. Er, we mean shopping!

June Newsletter

We Want You!

(OK, well, we’ve made our point!)

As we cruise through a great summer, we’re retooling a few things to gear up for fall. One, we’re redesigning our web site. Expect a new look sometime in the coming month. Two, we’re fine-tuning our gift shop. Three, we’re working out the kinks in our new Square Mullet Coffee Company, open whenever we are. Four, we continue the process of digitizing our collection and finding a way to rotate it so you see something new every few months, and so those of you out of town can peek into our past from the comfort of your armchair.

That’s kind of a lot, and we’re just getting started!

That’s where you come in to play. If you have a few hours to volunteer, we’d love to see your smiling face at the museum. Signing up for as few as two hours is easier than ever – just click here to choose specific shifts between now and the end of the year. You can choose one or 20; it’s up to you. If it’s been a while since you’ve volunteered, or if you’re no, no fear – we’ll be there for your first shift to train you. It’s easy as pie!

Now, with no further ado, a word from our chairwoman, Christine Brown:

On behalf of the board of directors of the Gulfport History Museum, thank you!  Whether you are a benefactor who has given financial support, or someone who has shared your time and talents to benefit us,  or you offered ideas and suggestions, we want you to know we truly appreciate your generosity as you stepped up to help make the transition of your history museum a success.

Please consider spending a few hours a month at the museum, and bring a friend. The conversation and fellowship is refreshing. The research material available for viewing provides a window into the past that can be quite thought provoking. That, along with good coffee, and your day is complete.

The lives and culture of times gone by is shining through as we highlight the rich history of Gulfport in our current exhibit, Sand Dollars: Gulfport’s Beach and Its Economy.  Our goal is to continue to emphasize the people, the stories, and the culture that has made Gulfport the great city it is today. We are thrilled to carry on with our mission through upcoming events and hope that you will continue to partner with us as we keep history alive in Gulfport.  Thank you again for your continued support!

See you at the museum.


Help name our 2016 calendar!

Our 2016 wall calendar will feature retouched photographs of life on the water in Gulfport. We need a name for the theme, so we’re asking the community to give us some ideas. If you have a suggestion, email it to If we pick your entry, you get a free wall calendar (and all the credit!)