Louisiana History Museum, Alexandria

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The Louisiana History Museum is located in the historic downtown portion of Alexandria, Louisiana, USA, near the Red River. It showcases the social evolution of all of Louisiana, but centers on the history of Central Louisiana, Rapides Parish, and Alexandria. Major exhibit areas deal with Native Americans, Louisiana geography, politics, health care, farming, and the impact of war.
The building housing the Museum and Alexandria Genealogical Library started life as the Alexandria Public Library in 1907. The building was constructed solely for the advancement of culture and learning in by Caldwell Brothers (contractors), and Crosby & Henkel of New Orleans (architects). It replaced an earlier library that was burned by General Nathaniel Banks' federal troops on May 13, 1864. Remodeled in 1970, restored as a Bicentennial project in 1976, and again in 2003, it now houses (upstairs) one of the largest genealogical libraries in Louisiana. The structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
The Louisiana History Museum was begun in 1971 by Angelique Stafford "Gic" Kraushaar. Her vision was to establish a museum in Alexandria that would not only describe the history of Louisiana but also show the unique beginnings and background of Central Louisiana.
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  • Great Louisiana history with interesting exhibits and artifacts. Much enjoyed everything. There is no admission fee. It is a great way to spend an hour or two.  more »
  • We had the great privilege of meeting Timothy the curator. He took his time in talking with us and showing us the displays and answering our questions. We learned a lot about Louisiana history and its...  more »
  • Small but interesting artifacts. This museum holds a variety of items that relate to Louisiana's unique history. The curator was well informed about the state's history, and was willing to answer any questions. A must see for a Louisiana history buff.
  • Absolutely fantastic experience!!! Timothy, our guide, was an amazing local historian. We arrived at museum at around 1:30 in the afternoon, upon arriving we saw the size of the museum. Thinking to ourselves this won’t take long, we couldn’t have been more wrong! 2 1/2 hours later Mr. Timothy completely filled our appetite for history. Taking us on a journey from before the dinosaurs to present day. Filled heavily with 1850-1950’s lure. Inside the museum, you will find anything from prehistoric shark teeth to documents signed by Lincoln. If you arrive on a Saturday like we did, you might just get a chance to ride on a gas powered trolley. With the help of Timothy, you will discover modern art, artists’ studios, churches restored from flames, cemeteries, & turn of the century hotels with wealthy eccentric owners. Thanks for a day of discovery Brian, Jenna, & Hudson 12/15/2018.

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