The South Mississippi Genealogical and Historical Society, whose library and meeting room is located at Hardy Street and Park Ave (Kamper Park) in Hattiesburg, MS, escaped damage from the storms. Only 1 of the numerous pines surrounding the building was blown down and it landed in the parking lot, missing the building by inches. The building was one of only a few in the city that did not have significant wind damage to the roof.
As soon as we were able to get into the building we inspected our holdings and found no damage.
In this area Rita only affected buildings already damaged by Katrina.