Gulfport (Florida) Historical Society and Museum Update January 10, 2019

Updated May 27. 2019 – Re-opening June 1, 2019 – Gulfport (Florida) History Museum! Re-opens June 1, 2019. Special re-opening on May 31, 2019 for VIP members.

I have previously posted about Gulfport (Florida) Historical Society and Museum as a result of a fire they experienced: Gulfport (Florida) Historical Museum/Society Labor Day 2018 Fire and Letter from Gulfport (Florida) Historical Society. You can visit their website at I love they have the society as part of the museum.

They are still raising money to get all of their records digitized and you can read more about it on their site. It’s on my Bucket List to visit their museum as well as the city since I grew up in a different Gulfport and there aren’t too many towns or cities named Gulfport. I have some distant cousins who lives part-time in nearby Bradenton, Florida when they’re not in Virginia.

If you order on Amazon, you can use the Smile side of Amazon to help support them and it doesn’t cost anything extra to do so. I alternate between several organizations when I order stuff on Amazon, including this society/museum, MHGS, and PIRLC. You can find the Amazon Smile link on many of its pages. has it near the bottom of the page.

You can also follow them by going to and signing up.

There’s plenty to see on their website so I won’t go into too much detail. Here are some direct links from the site:



I don’t have any known connection to Gulfport, Florida, aside from a couple of distant cousins on my father’s side who live close by in Bradenton. I won’t be surprised if it turns out I have relatives who live in Gulfport since it’s not that far from my cousins who live in Bradenton. I have other cousins on my mother’s side who live in other parts of Florida, ranging from the panhandle, DeFuniak Springs to other parts of Florida.

You never know where you are going to find relatives. That includes places you never expected to find them. I used to joke about finding my “Wichita (Kansas) connection” when I moved here the first time in 1989. At the time, I didn’t have a known south central Kansas connection. It was about a year or two later that I found my maternal grandfather was born and raised in southeast Kansas. It was only after photographing a headstone in a local cemetery,  and researching the woman, Mary C. Jefferies and on the headstone that I found my Wichita connection. She’s the oldest daughter of one of my great-grandfather’s sisters.


About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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