Preserving history in Pearl River County

Published 7:00 am Friday, July 17, 2015

Every town has a story to tell. Pearl River County’s two municipalities have a deep-rooted history in Mississippi. Between the residents, way of life and infrastructure, Picayune and Poplarville are oozing with history, which needs to be documented and recounted for generations to come.

Community members are doing a notable job preserving the county’s history. Members from the Poplarville Historical Preservation Society are working diligently to preserve the city’s history. Last year, they unveiled their museum located in Poplarville, which includes historical memorabilia such as war medals, photographs and newspaper clippings.

The museum is displaying the history of public schools in Poplarville now until fall. The society is also working on publishing a brochure educating locals and tourists about many of the old, historical homes that reside in Poplarville in an effort to preserve these homes.

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Recently, the Picayune Historical Society, along with the city of Picayune, held the grand opening of the Pearl River County Historical Society museum, which is located on the historic side of Picayune’s City Hall.

This museum, like the one in Poplarville, showcases historical memorabilia gathered from many areas within Pearl River County.

While it takes a lot of time and effort to preserve history, it’s worth it.

It’s important community members continue preserving the county’s history because if they don’t all the hard work of past generations would be forgotten.

By documenting the county’s milestones, hardships and memorabilia, future generations will be able to pass down the rich history to their children, grandchildren and so forth.

While the past already happened and people tend to focus on what lies ahead, society can’t forget about the people that worked so hard to get our cities and county to where they are today.

The Item applauds community members who keep history alive in Pearl River County.