By Associated Press - Sunday, December 13, 2020

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - An executive director has been hired for the Mississippi Maritime Museum that is under development in Pascagoula.

Lorren West has worked with the Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, which are both in Connecticut; and the GulfQuest Maritime Museum in Alabama, the Mississippi Press reported.

In August, the board of the Mississippi museum signed a contract to purchase a structure by U.S. Highway 90 as the future home for the museum. Plans also call for a City of Pascagoula Welcome Center in the museum lobby.

West’s immediate focus will be on developing museum real estate, creating exhibits and museum membership campaigns, setting educational priorities and raising public interest in maritime activities.

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