About the Center
The Pioneer Heritage Center interprets the unique culture and social history of northwest Louisiana from the 1830's to the end of the 19th Century - the period of settlement and early development.
The Center comprises seven plantation structures, including the Thrasher House (a log dogtrot) and Caspiana House (the big house from Caspiana Plantation), both listed on the National Register of Historic Places; a detached kitchen; a log single pen blacksmith shop; a doctor's office; a commissary, and a river front mission. The structures, exhibits, and artifacts serve as a history laboratory for students and teachers in the humanities and for community groups, tourists, and the general public.
The educational program of the Center has become a model for progressive museum education, and has received a commendation for excellence from the American Association for State and Local History. During the school year, students in grades 5 through 12 receive hands on interpretive tours that enrich their classroom studies. The Center regularly sponsors outreach programs such as internships, research seminars, museum professional development workshops, teachers' in service programs, public symposia, and slide illustrated lectures.
While the Pioneer Heritage Center was founded in 1976 as a joint project of the University and the Junior League of Shreveport, corporate citizens, foundations, individuals, and groups in the regional community have supported the Center since its inception. For example, the Shreveport Medical Society Auxiliary, who sponsored the Doctor's Office at the Center, has undertaken the Medical Heritage Gardens project to provide an authentic environment for the Center.
The Center is open to the public year-round, Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The Center is also available for group, school, and special events by appointment only. The Center is closed on holidays and from December 15 through February 1st.