Pre-Site Visit  Old Courthouse, Natchitoches:

Natchitoches Parish Genealogical Library

Old Courthouse Museum/ Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum Project

1) Resources Consulted (web pages [list URL], personal contacts, brochures, newspaper/radio/television advertisements, etc.):

The Louisiana State Museum offers useful information http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/natch1.htm , focusing on the building’s history and architecture:  http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/natch1.htm

In 2004 the building held important exhibitions commemorating the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase http://www.caneriverheritage.org/main_file.php/historicdistrict.php/81/ In 2006 the museum hosted an exhibition on creole cooking http://www.keyingredients.org/000_venues/000_venues_05.asp?popupsize=550&type=Exhibition&venue=150, and two years ago the Old Courthouse Museum hosted artist George Rodrigue  http://www.historicnatchitoches.com/2007/06/old-courthouse-museum-exhibits-blue-dog/ But a recent article from the Natchitoches Times revealed that the museum no longer has revolving exhibits and its hours have been drastically reduced.

The Genealogical association maintains the following website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lanatchi/ngl.htm

The internet researcher will also find copious amounts of information regarding the architecture of the proposed Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and North Louisiana Regional History Museum:

http://www.archdaily.com/30539/sports-hall-of-fame-and-regional-history-museum-trahan-architects/

http://www.archdaily.com/tag/louisiana-state-sports-hall-of-fame-and-regional-history-museum/

http://www.archicentral.com/the-new-louisiana-state-sports-hall-of-fame-regional-history-museum-by-trahan-architects-23094/ and  http://www.crt.state.la.us/ltgovernor/media_view.aspx?id=223

Additionally, Dr. Haley sent an email saying: ‘[t]he Genealogical Library has a number of books, newspapers, microfilm etc. that may benefit you during your MAHR career, and the Museum will be of interest as a planned facility (and some of the community resistance that can occur as a result).”  The HABS report on the building is also available online.

2) Location (Yahoo/Google Maps, etc.) and Distance from NSU:


The Old Courthouse is located at 600 2nd St Natchitoches, LA 71457, about a mile (twenty minute walk) from NSU Campus http://tinyurl.com/noe585/

3) Owner/Manager (include contact information):

Old Courthouse Museum

(318) 357-2270

Natchitoches Genealogical and Historical Association operates on a volunteer staff structure.

(318) 357-2235
ngha@wnonline.net


4) Site Description (in your own words):

The old courthouse is a large 2 ½ storied brownish-red brick building with a tower extending above the roof-line directly above the front double doors. It is located in the Natchitoches Historic District.

5) Ease of Finding Information and 6) Quality/Quantity of Information:

Information on the building, its history and architecture was easy to find. Detailed information on the entities housed in it was much more difficult to obtain.  The Genealogical Association has a basic and seemingly static website. Information on the architecture of the proposed “LOUISIANA SPORTS HALL OF FAME AND NORTH LOUISIANA REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM” is widely available, but I could find no information on the offices in the Old Courthouse.

7) Visitor Expectations Based on Available Information:

I have conflicting expectations, but trust that the visit will prove to be interesting.

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