Party in the Pass

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Martha Duvall, Peggy and Ken P’Pool, Lolly Barnes, Philip and Mary Helen Schaeffer at an event to thank the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for its steadfast commitment to saving the places that matter after Hurricane Katrina.

As the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico on October 20th, over 250 preservationists from Pass Christian and all points south gathered at the beautifully restored home of Mary Helen and Philip Schaeffer on Scenic Drive to offer up a heartfelt thank-you to the staff members and Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for their tireless efforts to preserve the rich architectural heritage of Mississippi after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Mary Helen Schaeffer, Roland Weeks, Lolly Barnes, Jennifer Baughn, Ken P'Pool and Jeff Rosenburg.

Mary Helen Schaeffer, Roland Weeks, Lolly Barnes, Jennifer Baughn, Ken P’Pool and Jeff Rosenberg.

MDAH staff members Ken P’Pool, Jeff Rosenberg, Jennifer Baughn and Board of Trustees member Roland Weeks traded stories of places loved and almost lost to the destructive powers of wind and water with guests while enjoying a bounty of delicious food prepared by the 67 hosts and hostesses.  MHT board members Brad Reeves, Susan Higgs, Brian Pugh, Mary Helen Schaeffer, Milt Grishman, Bob Wilson, Ken P’Pool and Martha Duvall were on hand to talk with guests about the work of the Mississippi Heritage Trust and encourage them to become a part of our great organization.

Mary Helen Schaeffer credits MDAH staff member Jennifer Baughn and the invaluable support of the many volunteers with helping to save her badly damaged historic house after Hurricane Katrina.

Mary Helen Schaeffer credits the invaluable support of MDAH staff member Jennifer Baughn and the many generous volunteers who worked on the coast after Hurricane Katrina with helping to save her badly damaged historic house.

The evening was also the unveiling of the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s new traveling exhibition “Save My Place”, which tells the story of 29 architectural treasures that were damaged or destroyed on August 29, 2005.  Please visit http://www.savemyplacems.com to learn about these special places and to tell us your story.

Ken P'Pool enjoys learning about MHT's new educational program, Save My Place.

Ken P’Pool enjoys learning about MHT’s new educational program, Save My Place.

Our hosts and hostesses cooked up delicious brisket and shrimp mousse, arranged masses of beautiful roses and poured plenty of wine and Preservation Punch to make the night a special celebration.

Hosts:

Rufus and Emily Aldredge

Cynthia Allen

David and Kay Andre’

Patrick and Joy Burke

Vay and Kathy Carboni

Jacqueline Carroll

Michael and Susan Carron

Joanna Diboll

Alicia Ellis

Anita Giani and Ron Feldman

Sharon Greer

Cynthia Hammond

Virgil and Margaret Harris

Lester Lautenschlaeger

Ed Macdiarmid

Ann Matthews

Roy May

Mississippi Heritage Trust

Bob and Audrey Montgomery

Neil Mearns

Stephen and Susan Mearns

Stuart and Becky Orfila

Candace Ozerden

Alice Perrier

Lou and Wilma Rizzardi

Michael and Pattie Ryan

Philip and Mary Helen Schaeffer

Jim and Gayla Schmitt

Scottie and Terry Scott

Roger and Elizabeth Shaw

Tom and Sandra Shellnut

Jason and Barbara Smith

Don and Peggy Sprabery

Sandy and Judy Steckler

Barbara Stewart

Bruce Stinson

Roy and Bonnie St. Paul

Topper and Susan Thompson

Richard and Karen Urban

Keith and Gwenn Voigts

Stephen and Elizabeth Wittman

Chuck and Amy Wood



Categories: Gulf Coast, Historic Preservation, Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi Heritage Trust, Pass Christian, Preservation People/Events

2 replies

  1. How fun–nothing like a party to celebrate accomplishments. My cousin lost her home in Pass Christian to Katrina. She now refers to herself as a dirt-owner, so good to see some others have fared better thanks to MDAH and MHT!

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  2. What a wonderful event and how very generous.

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