Upcoming events

    • 03/30/2020
    • 05/01/2020
    • Gulfport, FL

    As little as any of us here at Gulfport Historical Society like the COVID-19 pandemic or any of the things that come with it — sickness, economic disruption, and long, long weeks of social distancing — there's no denying this is a historic event. The challenges we face and the many ways we respond to those challenges will be remembered for a long time to come. 

    To document this history, and to show all the creative ways in which Gulfportians are dealing with the trials of self-isolating and staying safer at home, we are announcing a new event: our Front Porch Party photo competition! Take a photograph (from an appropriate social distance, of course!) of how you or your neighbors are adapting in these uncertain times — whether it's kids going on a "bear hunt" or friends enjoying a "driveway happy hour" — and send it to us! We'll feature them on our Facebook page and put together an exhibit we can all enjoy in the Gulfport Arts Center once it is safe to gather again. Three winners will be selected and receive gift cards to favorite local businesses.

    A few more particulars:

    • All photographers must abide by safer-at-home rules. The point is to show how we're working to keep ourselves happy and healthy in troubled times!
    • All photographs must be taken in Gulfport.
    • Photographers must obtain verbal permission from folks appearing in their photographs to use them for contest purposes. For photographs of minors, please obtain the permission of their guardians. 
    • Our submission period ends when our safer at home order is lifted, which we hope will be sooner rather than later! We will announce a closing date when that information becomes available.
    Upload submissions here. Got questions? Send them to Amanda Hagood. Thanks for helping us make history!

    Image courtesy of Gulfport Historical Society.

    • 04/18/2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S., Gulfport
    • 30

    Join the Gulfport Historical Society as they take a stroll through history in Gulfport. The tour examines the creation of this small seaside hamlet; the tour guides — all Gulfport locals with a penchant for history and storytelling — share the town's history and stories with the group. The tour starts at the Gulfport History Museum where you can take a peek at some of their historic photos.

    Tour free for Gulfport Historical Society members. All others pay $10 per person. We have a water cooler at the museum; please bring your refillable bottle to fill up before the tour.

    These tours sell out, so advance ticket purchase is highly suggested. Members should pre-register to ensure they have a spot. We don't love turning people away, but when the group gets too large it's hard for everyone to hear our tour guides.

    Please note: Our tour guides are all volunteer; while it's optional, they do appreciate tips. 

    Thanks to the Gulfport Merchants Chamber for co-hosting this tour!

    • 06/19/2020
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Avenue South, Gulfport, FL 33707

    Note: This party has been postponed from its original date of March 20, 2020.

    Calling all superheroes! Our March 20 Porch Party will celebrate Gulfport’s wonderful spirit of civic pride and the everyday heroes who give so much to this town. In recognition of our theme, we invite everyone to come dressed as their favorite superheroes and superheroines!

    There will be a special appearance from Captain Vote and Tanya Turnout, two local champions who are aiming high and encouraging Gulfport to reach a 100% turnout for 2020 elections, no matter who you're planning to vote for. They’ll tell us about opportunities to get involved withGulfport Votes 100% and help us to dedicate our new shed--which we have lovingly dubbed the Volunteer Transformation Station! 

    We will also have information available about some exciting new and ongoing opportunities to get involved with Gulfport Historical Society. And--for one night only!--the museum will feature historic snapshots of volunteers making a difference throughout our city’s history!

    And if that's not enough to get you here, there will also be live music and dancing after the program concludes!

    This event is free. We encourage everyone to bring a snack to share! Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7pm.