The Center offers an array of exhibits open to the public and suitable for all ages. A permanent installation reflects the many collections types the Center provides to the public. Specifically, this exhibit highlights The West Florida Flag Controversy, Revolt to Revolution, and An Incomplete Louisiana Purchase.
Our Book and Manuscript Exhibit reflects the evolution of book construction, along with multiple historical books and manuscipts on the topics of history, law, and philosophy, religion, and many more historical documents and periodicals dating back to the 1500s!
The Cate Exhibit:
Most recently, with the help of the President's office, the Cate family descendents, and multiple institutional departments, the Center established the Cate Exhibit located on the first floor of the Sims Memorial Library. This permanent installation demonstrates the influence of Charles Emery Cate and his wife, Mertie Ann Waterman Cate, on the development of Hammond and its surrounding environs.
The Cate Exhibit showcases the many businesses C. E. Cate created which transformed a small, cross-roads community into a prosperous town. Additionally, the exhibit highlights the work of Mertie Ann Waterman Cate in developing one of the chief religious institutions in Hammond, Grace Memorial Episcopal Church. We encourage you to visit this exhibit to learn more about the Cate family legacy and their many contributions to the city of Hammond.
At the opening of the Cate Exhibit, descendants of Charles Emery Cate and Southeastern Officials cut the ceremonial ribbon marking the exhibits official opening.
If you would like to arrange a special tour for school age children or to inquire further information, please contact the Center at 985-549-2151.
Photograph of the West Florida Flag Controversy exhibit.