museums

NPR Story
10:08 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Museum Of East Texas Extends Rock 'N' Roll Memorabilia Exhibit

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin has turned into a mini Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the premiere of the Robert Poland Collection. The Lufkin businessman has collected musical memorabilia for nearly 60 years. Poland owns buildings in Lufkin that house thousands of autographed records, guitars and other instruments from legendary musicians who span generations – from Muddy Waters to Bruce Springsteen. Over time, Poland said he’s developed a close network of dealers around the country, never once entertaining eBay to make purchases.

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Red River Radio
12:50 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Shreveport Museum Presents European Masterpieces In Kasten Collection

Paintings that are part of the Kasten Art Collection go on display today at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport. The Kasten Family of South Carolina has amassed works by British and European painters completed between the 1860s and 1920s. The Norton’s Emily Young said 32 pieces are on display in two galleries. It’s the second stop of a nationwide tour. She says the works – many impressionistic  – have a common trait: paintings within paintings.

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Museums
9:11 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Barksdale Museum Gets a Big Makeover

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 1:36 pm

The Barksdale Global Power Museum is undergoing a transformation. The exhibits, some dating back to 1978, are being redone and modernized. Eventually, they’ll tell a cohesive story about the role of Barksdale Air Force Base through time and the heritage of the bomber.

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World War II Museum
6:00 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

World War II Exhibit Asks Visitors, 'What Would You Do?'

The museum's U.S. Freedom Pavilion, seen here as a digital model, opened to the public on Friday.
Courtesy The National WWII Museum

For many, the stakes and the scale of World War II are hard to fathom. It was a war fought around the world, against powerful, determined regimes in Europe and the Pacific; some 65 million people died. And as the number of people who have actual memories of the war dwindle — as of next year, there will be fewer than 1 million living veterans — the mission of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans becomes all the more urgent.

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Arts & Culture
7:55 am
Thu December 20, 2012

New State Museum Leader Set to Begin in January

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has chosen a Baton Rouge native to lead the Louisiana State Museum system as assistant secretary in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Mark Tullos will begin the job Jan. 21, overseeing 11 museum sites around the state, including the Cabildo in New Orleans and the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge.

Dardenne's office announced the hiring Monday.

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Museums
10:25 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Pro football exhibit coming to WWII Museum

A traveling exhibit about professional football in America is coming to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

"Gridiron Glory, The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame" includes a section about football during World War II. It also will have a home-team area for each host city.

It's part of the Hall of Fame's 50-year celebration and features more than 200 of its artifacts.

The exhibit opens Oct. 6 in Pittsburgh. It moves to New Orleans for an opening on Jan. 26 — just before the Super Bowl — and runs through May 5.

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Fort Polk Museum
11:31 am
Mon September 24, 2012

VFW in Many donates tank to Fort Polk Museum

Fort Polk has a new museum piece — a World War II-era Sherman tank.

The Town Talk reports that Veterans of Foreign Wars in Many donated the World War II M4 Sherman tank to the Fort Polk Museum. The tank was retrieved from Many by members of the 46th Engineer Battalion and 88th Brigade Support Battalion on Sept. 12.

"We don't want it to deteriorate. We want it to be a proud (part of history) that people can learn about," said Larry Perser, the VFW post commander in Many.

Southern Heritage Air Foundation Museum
1:32 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Mound officials hope to keep museum

With the grand opening of the Southern Heritage Air Foundation Museum at the Vicksburg-Tallulah Regional Airport about two months away, airport officials hope an agreement with the owner of the hangar housing the museum will keep it in the north Louisiana town of Mound.

The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/PFG0Pa) that the airport's board this week approved an agreement with Vicksburg business owner and foundation president Dan Fordice, who owns the hangar. The agreement allows the airport to buy the hangar and keep the museum.

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Fine Art
2:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

For Museum, Long-Lost Picasso Is Too Costly To Keep

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:53 pm

In the southwestern Indiana town of Evansville, people are a bit baffled after hearing that the town's Museum of Arts, History and Science has had a rare Pablo Picasso piece in storage for almost half a century. Curator Mary Bower says the work went unnoticed because of a clerical error.

"All the documentation associated with the gift indicated that this was by an artist named Gemmaux," she says, "which really happens to be the plural of the artistic technique."

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Arts & Culture
10:19 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Work moving ahead on Hungarian museum

ALBANY, La. — The first segment of work to set up the Hungarian Settlement Historical Museum is complete and work is proceeding on the next phase.

Alex Kropog of Holden, president of the Hungarian Settlement Historical Society, tells The Advocate the initial work focused on the interior of the 75-year-old former school building that will house memorabilia of the cultural influence of Livingston Parish's Hungarian population.

The second phase includes installing a restroom, a small office, a meeting room and additional exhibit space, Kropog said.

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