The Old Post Office Museum is proud to host a number of excellent exhibits all year. Check below to see our current schedule of exhibits.
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The Art of Walter Anderson
Exhibit runs: March 20, 2018 — May 18, 2018
“There once was a man whose love of nature was as wide as the world. There once was an artist who needed to paint as much as he needed to breathe. There once was an islander who lived in a cottage at the edge of Mississippi where the sea meets the earth and the sky.
His name was Walter Anderson. Art was an adventure and Walter Anderson was an explorer first class.”
This exhibit is an overview of a man who many have called the greatest artist the south has ever produced. He was an American master in watercolor, and speaks perhaps more than any other of the relationship between man, art and nature.
The exhibit also features a project by gifted art students in Franklin Parish…their interpretation of water and wildlife. We are thrilled with this partnership and are grateful for their interest in and dedication to art. Their assistance throughout this exhibit has been invaluable.
Painted in 1939 by Datus E. Myers, called “Logging in the Swamps.” It is one of one thousand murals that was commissioned for new post office buildings between 1934 – 1943 as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Federal Arts Project. Typically they were painted for the purposes of "community uplift," and dominant themes included the celebration of local farm life, technological optimism, historical scenes and community cooperation. More often than not, people are shown coming together to survive one of the hardest economic periods in American history.
“Logging in the Swamps” is a tribute to the time when Franklin Parish was timber country, and depicts two loggers, standing in flatbottom boats, working a cross-cut saw to fell a tree.
Within the vault are historic treasures of Franklin Parish, including the scrapbooks of Nell McLemore, which were donated to the museum by the McLemore family, as well as artifacts and snapshots of the past. Those making historic donations to the museum can rest assured that their treasures will be preserved and perhaps utilized in future exhibits.
A desk and study area has been arranged in the vault, where visitors can read and research at their leisure.
Handpainted Louisiana Flag
A large 10' by 6' Louisiana flag is now displayed in the lobby. It was a donation from Jimbo Stephens’ family. Was originally handpainted in the late 20’s, early 30’s by Angola inmates and presented to Governor Huey Long, who later gave it to Governor Earl Long, then John McKeithen, then Sheriff A.J. Stephens.