The vast collection that was begun in 1918 by Mr. Herbert S. Ford is housed in the Hotel Claiborne building which was built in 1890. Permanent exhibits explore the impact past cultures and eras have had on life today. The focus of these exhibits covers Native American Culture, Early Settlement and Pioneer Life, Early Education in Claiborne Parish, Early Medical History, and the Oil Boon of the 1920s . The David Wade Military Room honors those men and women from Claiborne Parish who have sacrificed for our nation. The Maritzky Department Store exhibit recognizes Mr. Max Maritzky who owned the hotel building at one time and operated a women's apparel store on the floor level until the 1970s. Our Rosa Wilder Blackman Doll Collection highlights her hand-made dolls, mostly of her African American friends, which she created from 1941 to 1951. There is much more to experience as you wander through the past in the museum. Call for information about tours, - schools, individual, and service groups.
People, old and young, can step back in time and experience what life was like for our ancestors. Each exhibit is historically and artistically crafted so that a visit to the museum is a true pleasure. Everyone is able to take something away with them when they leave. Visitors from across the nation comment on how educationally and artisticly the exhibits which cover over 8,000 squaare feet are designed.