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There will be an Open House and Prayer Service on the 12th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina at the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum at the Waveland Civic Center on Coleman Avenue on Tuesday, August 29th from 9am – 11am. The prayer service will be at 10am. Following the service, a wreath will be laid at the City’s Katrina memorial.

“Every year, we remember those we lost and thank God for giving us the resources and the strength to rebuild our communities,” said LiLi Stahler Murphy, chairman of the board and founder of the museum.

The open house will give thanks also to Hancock County first responders and give the community the chance to view the exhibits about Waveland’s history and the inspiring rebuilding stories of our area since Katrina. One of the exhibits guests can tour is Backyards and Beyond by artist, H. C. Porter. The exhibit offers visitors an epic tale of lives forever changed in the aftermath of Katrina.

“This week, our thoughts and prayers are with those in need who are suffering from the devastation brought to our friends in Texas from Hurricane Harvey,” said Murphy.

“One of the most important things we can do as a community in response to Harvey is to give back,” she said. “Thousands of volunteers came to help us after Katrina and gave us so much hope.”

The board of directors of the Museum encourages members of the community to provide monetary donations to the relief organization of your choice. To help people affected by the storm, FEMA recommends that you visit National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD)’s page for a listed of trusted organizations:

Admission to the museum is free and is open to the public on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. To find out more about the museum to go: or call 228-216-0561or email the museum director, Linda Aiavolasiti at The museum is a fund of the Hancock Community Development Foundation, founded by the Hancock Chamber in 2006 as a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) non-profit public charity.

Questions? Please Contact (228) 467-9048