STRUCTURAL CONSTRUCTION on Mississippi's long-awaited 4-H museum is officially under way. The 2002 groundbreaking for the Pete Frierson Mississippi 4-H Museum in Jackson, Miss., began the project.

“The museum is being built on the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum here in Jackson,” said Morris Houston, 4-H youth development officer with Mississippi State University's Extension Service.

The 4-H museum is named after Pete Frierson, a 4-H alumnus and longtime supporter of 4-H programs in Mississippi.

With a target completion date in the fall of 2004, the 4-H museum will house photographs, documents and other artifacts, in addition to interactive educational displays that will involve visitors in the history of 4-H in Mississippi. The displays will also provide educational information from the diverse curriculums offered through the Mississippi 4-H program.