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.
Pioneers in Politics: Examining influential political figures within Louisiana history as revealed through the Center’s holdings
Throughout this exhibit, the Center showcases the myriad of lively political figures that have worked to shape Louisiana as we know it. The men and women pictured here represent the long and storied history of this state, and their lives demonstrate the triumphs – and failures – of state and local politics along the way.
The artifacts and photographs displayed throughout the exhibit are exclusively from the Center’s holdings. We hope to provide guests with a sample of the Center’s extensive resources on Louisiana history, varying from its founding in the Colonial era to the modern day where issues like civil rights and education are at the forefront of political discussion.
We hope you enjoy the exhibit and all of the rich history that the Center has to offer. 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.
The Cate Exhibit:
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.