Museum Opens to the Public July 2, 2013
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Museum Opens to the Public July 2, 2013

Friends of LA Sports and History (FLASH) are hosting a special reserved-time preview of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum on Sunday, June 30 from noon to 5 p.m. in Natchitoches.

‘We're inviting local residents to ‘make history' as some of the first visitors to our community's newest landmark and cultural attraction,’ said Thomas Whitehead, president of the non-profit museum support and volunteer group. Admission to the preview is free of charge with advance reservations through the online service, EventBrite at

‘Our community has waited a long time to see this new museum,’ Whitehead said. ‘We need to know when visitors plan to arrive so that everyone has a great experience.’ Located at 800 Front Street, the museum will open to the general public on Tuesday, July 2 and will also be open on Thursday, July 4 during downtown Independence Day celebration. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 adults; $4 students, seniors and active-duty military; free, children 12 and under.

Developed and operated by the Louisiana State Museum system in partnership with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and the City of Natchitoches, the 27,500-square-foot museum complex provides a permanent home for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and its collection of portraits and memorabilia celebrating the achievements of more than 300 Louisiana athletes, coaches and other sports figures.  The Northwest Louisiana History Museum explores the evolution of unique cultural traditions from early native-American civilizations to the present. The building itself, designed by Trahan Architects of New Orleans, evokes the region's rivers and plowed fields with sinuous molded stone interiors and earth colored exterior sheathing.

FLASH (Friends of LA Sports and History) is a 501[c]3 organization helping to provide funds for museum exhibits and programs about the legends of Louisiana sports and our region's rich tapestry of history. For membership information, e-mail

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