Mississippi Children's Museum


Mississippi Children’s Museum – Meridian Groundbreaking


Rear Left:
Berkely Gowdy
Linda Grant – MCM-Meridian Honorary Chair
Katie Moore
Margaret Cupples – Mississippi Children’s Museum Board Member
Mariella Cordova
Dr. Terry Dale Cruse – MCM-Meridian Advisory Committee; Associate Vice President and Head of Campus at Mississippi State University Meridian
Bently Gowdy
Kim Houston – City of Meridian Councilwoman
Kendra Key – Senior Vise President of Hope Credit Union

Lily Ward
Robert Ward – President and Chairman, The Phil Hardin Foundation
Vivian Ranseir
Marty Davidson – Chairman/CEO/Treasurer, The Riley Foundation
Adrian Larkin
Tate Reeves – Lt. Governor of Mississippi
Fiza Lala
Susan Garrard – CEO and President, Mississippi Children’s Museum
Trent Wilson
Liz Wilson – Executive Director, Mississippi Children’s Museum – Meridian

Rear Right:
Cadence Bradley
Percy Bland – City of Meridian Mayor
Josh Well
Johathan Wells – Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors District 1
Mailande Wilson
Kim Houston – City of Meridian Councilwoman
Melanie Mitchell – MCM-Meridian Honorary Chair
Christopher Hall
Dr. Amy Carter – Meridian Public School District Superintendent

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MCM-Meridian Project Partners


WBA: WIER BOERNER ALLIN Architecture was formed in 2009, when the economy was stalled, construction came to nearly a halt, and architecture firms across the country were downsizing. With a dream and determination, WBA has grown to a staff of 21 professionals, a majority of which have gained professional experience from nationally and internationally recognized design firms outside of Mississippi. Eventually, they deliberately chose to reinvest their talents back into the state. Sixty percent of the firm’s design professionals are licensed architects and the remaining are actively seeking licensure. WBA has office locations in Jackson, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee and is licensed in ten states, from Colorado to South Carolina. For more on WBA, visit wbaarchitecture.com.

Kraemer Design + Production, Inc

Kraemer Design + Production, Inc. (KD+P) possesses a unique background planning and designing children’s museums exhibitions, science centers, theme parks and entertainment centers. Established in 1994, their ten–member multidisciplinary design team is focused on visitors, with a dedication to creating enjoyable, educational and memorable experiences for all ages in the family. They are well qualified to handle the demands of large-scale projects as well as supplying the personal touch required on smaller–size projects. They endeavor to create exhibits that are as fun to visit as they are informative and educationally accurate. KD+P approaches every project as an original idea and a unique opportunity to provide distinctive results for our clients and their visitors.

Native Habitats

Native Habitats is an award-winning landscape architectural practice located in Flora, Mississippi.  Founded over three decades ago by Robert Poore, the firm focuses on weaving ecological processes with human and cultural needs in each of its projects.  They design at multiple scales and in a wide variety of contexts, and their work is a collection of intimate gardens, public parks, play spaces, nature preserves, arboreta, institutional, and museum campuses.  Robert leads the day to day operations of the firm and is now joined by landscape architect Rob Anders.  Both are graduates of Mississippi State University.

Fountain Construction Company

Fountain Construction Company, Inc. is a commercial / industrial building contractor based in Jackson, Mississippi. Founded in 1959, the firm began as an electrical contractor and has evolved into a full-service general contractor performing most disciplines of a project “in house”.  This ability affords the utmost control over project schedules and budgets, delivering to the customer unequaled satisfaction.

Heartland Scenic Studio, Inc.

Owner and founder of Heartland Scenic Studio, Steve Wheeldon, has 40 years of experience in fabricating exhibits, environments, and scenic elements for a wide variety of client’s which reflects the diverse dynamics that have helped make Heartland Scenic Studio one of the Midwest’s premier exhibit fabricators. Using his experience in lighting and design, Steve has developed a list of clients that spans many themes and venues. He has led and developed museum exhibits, artistic excursions, retail display, theatrical and television scenic design, and staging and entertainment venues.

Engineering Plus 

Founded in 1980 in Meridian, Engineering Plus is a full-service civil engineering firm offering a diverse range of services including, environmental assessments, landscape design, quality control testing, geo-technical investigating, and land surveying. The firm has built a reputation for solid engineering solutions while demonstrating the best practices in local environmental awareness. Their team of certified engineers have the experience and the knowledge-base to see projects through to completion.

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