Louisiana History Museum...Alexandria, Louisiana About the Museum Current Displays Links Contact the Museum Picture of the Week Tours Get Involved...donations, and volunteering Museum Shop

The Louisiana History Museum, located in downtown Alexandria, is dedicated to collecting, presenting, interpreting and promoting understanding of the wealth of history associated with Alexandria, and all of Louisiana. The museum maintains one of the foremost collections of historical objects in the state.

Alexandria City Railway Co. Stock Certificate
Alexandria City Railway Co. Stock Certificate
On display at the History Museum (read the story)

An effort was begun in the early 1970s by Angelique Stafford "Gic"  Kraushaar to establish a museum in Alexandria that would not only describe the history of Louisiana, but also show the unique beginnings of Central Louisiana.

The collection has grown from several display cases upstairs in the Alexandria Genealogical Library to over 50 displays and exhibits on the ground floor of the historic Alexandria Public Library.

The building housing the Louisiana History Museum and Alexandria Genealogical Library started life as the Alexandria Public Library in 1907.

Remodeled in the 1970s and again in 2003, it now houses (upstairs) one of the largest genealogical libraries in the state.

It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. The Louisiana History Museum (downstairs) has over 50 displays from prehistoric time till now.

Admission is free and guided tours can be arranged. You and your family can spend several hours enjoying our Museum.

Highlights of current displays include:

  • Alexandria Public Library - Home of the Louisiana History Museum
    Alexandria Public Library
    Home of the Louisiana History Museum
    Why there are no dinosaur bones found in Louisiana
  • Louisiana under the rule of Spain, France and England
  • Famous figures in Louisiana history
  • Carry On: The Work of Huey Long and O.K. Allen
  • Stern Wheel Steam Ship "Red River" model
  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • Colonial Louisiana
  • The American Revolution
  • War between the North and South
  • The timber industry
  • Famous Central Louisiana plantations and buildings
  • Central Louisiana Army camps during World War I
  • The effect on Central Louisiana during World War II
  • Politicians from the Central Louisiana area
  • Central Louisiana in postcards
  • Original, 200 year old, 1804 New York Herald newspaper that  announces and details the Louisiana Purchase
  • Detailed 1872 map of the city of Alexandria showing the names of owners of city property during that time period
  • And much more!

 

We invite you to browse our Web site and learn more,
and then visit the History Museum in person

We are committed to
"Preserving the past ... for Alexandria's future"

The Alexandria Library ... home of the Louisiana History Museum, Alexandria, Louisiana

 

 

Availability of Copies

High-quality copies of archive photos or other available photos can be provided on photographic paper upon request. 8"x10" copies are available for a $15.00 donation to the Museum; 5"x7", for a $10.00 donation. Please add $1.00 for postage.

Make your check or money order payable to Louisiana History Museum, and mail to
P.O. Box 12302, Alexandria, La. 71315-2302.

For More Information

Louisiana History Museum · Dale Genius, Director
503 Washington Street · Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
Phone 318.487.8556

email info@louisianahistorymuseum.org

driving directions and detailed map

Epagentry Design Studios...proud supporter of the Louisiana History Museum

News
Vintage Postcard Collection of Alexandria and Pineville ... click to view the collection now
Historic Hotel Bentley DVD ... order your copy today!

New! The Louisiana History Museum announces release of a DVD featuring the sights and sounds of the historic Hotel Bentley. See previously unpublished photos, and hear the music played at the hotel's dedication in 1908
click for detailed ordering information

"Bells & Whistles" Collection - 10/26/2010
The LHM is proud to display artifacts donated by the Gamburgs.

Historic Photos for Sale
80 photographs, part of the Museum's display at LSUA, are available for purchase. These would make an impressive display for an Alexandria business. All are 11" X 17" tabloid, some in color, some black & white.

You can own a set of 40 for a $500 museum donation. Other options: we will rent them for special events, or loan them to a business in exchange for museum advertising.  Contact the Museum for details.

The Louisiana History Museum proudly announces the release of a 2nd in a series of DVDs featuring a pictorial history of Central Louisiana

New! The Louisiana History Museum announces release of a 2nd DVD featuring a pictorial history of Central Louisiana. Includes over 30 minutes of vintage illustrations, many never before published, accompanied by 40-50s "Big Band" music.
click for detailed ordering information

Feb 14, 2009. The Director of the History Museum, Dale Genius, received the Daughters of the American Revolution Excellence in Community Service Award
02/14/2009. The Director of the History Museum, Dale Genius, received the Daughters of the American Revolution Excellence in Community Service Award
HistoricBentley.com ... Memories of an Elegant Past
HistoricBentley.com
Memories of an Elegant Past

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