A beach house that was donated to the City of Gulf Shores after Hurricane Fredrick now serves as the local Gulf Shores Museum. The museum has a collection of artifacts from the early fishing and shrimping industries in Gulf Shores including a permanent exhibit of life in some of the earliest settlements along Little Lagoon.Â
On tours of the Gulf Shores Museum â€œbeach cottageâ€, visitors listen to â€œA Shrimperâ€™s Storyâ€ and the sounds of hurricane hunters flying through a storm. The celebration of Gulf Shores 50th anniversary is portrayed in a permanent exhibit entitled, â€œDrawing a Line in the Sandâ€.
The Gulf Shores Museum has a major focus on hurricanes and how they have impacted the local area. Along with general information about hurricanes, there is extensive information specifically on Hurricanes Frederick and Ivan. Visitors have many questions about hurricanes answered as they visit the exhibit and view videos of past hurricanes.
One of the favorite rotating exhibits in the museum features Pilot Town and the Hurricane of 1906. Pilot Town was a thriving early settlement where bar pilots guided ships into Mobile Bay. In 1906 the town was wiped out by a hurricane. Forty-seven people survived the storm by strapping themselves to trees, but the community was gone forever.
During the winter months the museum focuses on educational programs including a lecture series and video series at the museum. Some video highlights from 2011 included â€œThe True Story of Charlie Wilsonâ€™s Warâ€, â€œAmericaâ€™s Civil Rights Yearsâ€, and â€œEugene Walters, Last of the Bohemiansâ€.Â Entertainment series are also held at the Civic Center, and in the summer months a discovery series is held for children. The Gulf Shores Museum promotes hurricane awareness and preparedness with a series of videos and information sessions.
The Gulf Shores Museum is located at 244 West 19th Avenue and admission is free.Â Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. â€“ Noon and 1:00 p.m. â€“ 5:00 p.m. The museum is open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. â€“ 2:00 p.m. For more information contact Museum Coordinator, Christie Shannon at 251-968-1473.
Local history is fascinating in Gulf Shores.Â As residents and visitors admire the beauty and bounty of the area, they pay tribute to the early settlers and their vision. I am ready to assist you in making this paradise a part of your history.Â Give me a call.Â Lance Steffek, 251-981-2225.