board of directors of the National Tour Association voted to donate
$4,320 to the rebuilding of the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in
The proceeds were
raised during a luncheon at the association's 2005 annual
convention in Detroit.
An affiliate of the
Smithsonian, the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum presents artistic expressions
of the cultural heritage of the Gulf Coast region.
Located along the
Mississippi Gulf Coast, the museum was almost completely destroyed
when Hurricane Katrina hurled a casino hotel barge across the
highway onto part of the museum. Ten of the 26 oak trees on the
museum grounds also were lost during the storm.
The donation will go
toward completing the raised terrace of the new museum campus,
which will give the trees a place to grow.
Prior to the hurricane,
a new museum designed by Frank Gehry was under construction and
scheduled to open in July 2006. While the museum's buildings and
grounds sustained significant damage, including complete
devastation to the Pleasant Reed frame house, the collections
weathered the storm in a secure location before being moved to the
Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, Ala.
The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum
recently opened a temporary facility at the Glenn L. Swetman House
just off Beach Boulevard in Biloxi. The Swetman House, a city
property and on the National Register of Historic Places, will be
used to host full museum operations, including exhibitions and
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