Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
During the time Huey Long was governor and senator of Louisiana he had a difference of opinion with FDR, which left Louisiana with very little funding during the beginnings of the Great Depression Era.
When Huey Long died in 1935 that following October the Federal Government came forward and began funding projects focusing on auditoriums for school and public buildings. The architect hired for many projects was Shreveport local Edward Nield who had many contracts with the federal government at the time.
At the time Shreveport was head of the Oil Industry for Louisiana and the city had a lot of money but not a lot of culture, so the idea was to have an exhibit museum that had an art gallery to make up for that lack of Cultural currency.
Artists were hired and paid by the WPA through the state of Louisiana. The museum opened in 1939 and the diorama project progressed through 1946, slowing down when World War II began and the artists had to enlist. Around 1946 the diorama’s and Taxidermy projects were completed with the exception of the Poverty Point diorama which was completed post WWII...
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