Louisiana's Old State Capitol, a Gothic architectural treasure, stands high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The 165-year-old statehouse has withstood war, fire, scandal, bitter debate, abandonment and an occasional fistfight. Today, the building stands as a testament to bold, inspired leadership and active citizenship.
In 1990, the Louisiana Legislature placed the former statehouse under the jurisdiction of the secretary of state and appropriated funds for a major restoration project. The building re-opened as the Center for Political and Governmental History in 1994. Now referred to as the Museum of Political History, the Old State Capitol has received awards for its architecture, exhibits and preservation.
The Old State Capitol Foundation was founded in 1990 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Old State Capitol through fundraising efforts. If you are interested in making a donation to the foundation, please click the link below.
Mr. Bridger Eglin, President
Mr. Bill Potter, Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Vance Broussard
Mrs. Winnie Byrd
Ms. Rochelle Dugas
Ms. Nancy Broadhurst
Ms. Donna Mayeux
Ms. Nancy Crawford
Ms. Vera Olds
Ms. Susan Westbrook
Ms. Larry Murray
Ms. Lynnel Ruckert
Mr. Larry Murray
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Mary Durusau Director of Museums
Suzette Crocker Operations and Events Director
Lauren Davis Museum Curator
Brooke Goodrich Marketing/Public Relations
Caroline Kennedy Education Coordinator
Dawn Ross Executive Management Officer
Jami Williams Volunteer Coordinator
Debbie Buckley Visitor Services
Eric Dominic Security
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