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Katrina Research Center Enhances Journey Stories Exhibit with Mardi Gras Presentations PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Contact Charmaine Williams Schmermund, 228.865.4573   

As part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Journey Stories exhibit, the Katrina Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host two events detailing the history of Mardi Gras and its role on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The first event will be Monday, Feb. 8 at 6:40 p.m. in the Advanced Education Center auditorium on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus. The lecture, presented by Professor Kern Jackson of the University of South Alabama, will detail the history of Mardi Gras and will be followed by a film screening of “Orders of the Myth.

The second event, featuring guest speaker Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel, will be Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Katrina Research Center, located on the third floor of the Gulf Park campus library. This event will be a round-table discussion about the Gulf Coast Carnival Association and its role in preserving Mardi Gras along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Journey Stories is an interactive exhibit addressing migration and immigration as they relate to the American experience. Using engaging images, audio and artifacts, it tells stories that illustrate the critical roles travel and movement have played in building our diverse American society.

The Journey Stories exhibit, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and Mississippi Humanities Council, will be on display at the Katrina Research Center until March 11. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Southern Miss Katrina Research Center at 228.214.3423 or visit

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