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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Kept in Stitches
Exhibit runs: August 25, 2017 — October 20, 2017
“Kept in Stitches” Featuring Quilts and Wearable Art By Dorothy Williams. August 25 – October 20, 2017. Opening reception August 24, 5-7 pm
A graduate of LA Tech, Dorothy Williams was a Circuit Teacher for the Gulf Coast Quilting Association and taught for the Sunshine State Quilting Association in Florida. She also taught at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX, and at national conventions for the American Sewing Guild in Dallas, TX, and Washington, DC, among others. Her garments have been winning entries in the International Quilt Festival in Houston, the Hobbs Fashion Show in Paducah, KY, the Dallas Quilt Celebration, the National Quilt Association, The Pennsylvania National Quilt Celebration and the Mid-Atlantic Wearable Art Festival.
Oh Christmas Tree!
Exhibit runs: November 18, 2017 — January 5, 2018
“Oh Christmas Tree!” will be opening on November 18th and go until January 5th.
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.