Street Address
315 North Mulberry Street
Tallulah, LA 71282
Mailing Address
P. O. Box 268
Tallulah, LA 71282
phone: 318-574-0082
Hours
Tuesday - Friday10 AM - 4 PM
Special visits can be arranged at other times.
Admissions
Free. Donations Accepted.
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Geneva Williams, Curator
phone: 318-341-1937
John Earl Martin, Assistant Curator
phone: 318-341-1640

Description

Hermione House was built in 1855 and now serves as the headquarters for the Madison Historical Society, Inc., and home to Madison Parish History. The antebellum home was completely restored as a museum and donated to the Historical Society in 1997. It showcases period pieces and exhibits depicting the history of the parish, including artifacts from the Civil War and also from the ancient Indian civilizations that once populated the area. Madison Parish is also the birthplace of Madam C. J. Walker, a self-made millionaire. Born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 to sharecropper parents in Delta, Louisiana, Walker built her wealth in cosmetics and used her prominence to support civic, educational, and social aid for African Americans. Her birth home has been preserved and currently serves as the Delta City Hall.

Mission

To preserve, present and promote Madison Parish, Louisiana history using the facilities of Hermione Museum as a depository for artifacts and records.

History

Society began in 1993 by three people. In one year the membership was 12. These were charter members of Society. Current membership 89.

Museum building Hermione House was donated to the Society in 1997 and began operation as a museum January 1 2000. Building was a home built in 1855 near location of Milliken's Bend, the site of the Civil War Battle, "The battle of Milliken's Bend" involving General Grants forces and General Walker of the Texas Rangers in 1863. This campaign was a part of Grant's siege of Vicksburg (eighteen miles east of Milliken's Bend and in Mississippi. Hermione House was used as Grant's hospital and was spared the torch.

Artifacts Collections

  • Madame C. J. Walker
  • Civil War artifacts memorbelia
  • 1927 Flood
  • World War II
  • Theodore Roosevelt Bear Hunt 1907
  • Battle of Milliken's Bend
  • Story of how Tallulah got it's name
  • Last home of Ivory Billed Woodpecker (now considered extinct)
  • Sportsman's Paradise
  • Indian artifacts
  • Madison Parish History
  • Large photograph inventory digital
  • Local history/resident records

Research Collections

  • Digital local area photographs
  • Family histories
  • Local stories told by past residents
  • Cemetery records
  • Church records

Educational Programs

  • Special Museum visits from local museums with lectures
  • Films of local history
  • Digital picture library
  • Small local lending library (historical books)
  • Annual sponsor of Veteran's Day
  • Museum houses local 'Friends of the Civil War' non-profit organization.
  • General tourist information
  • Brochures and pamphlets of local interest
  • Cooperative effort with City of Tallulah promoting the area.

Governance

Owned and operated by Madison Historical Society, Inc. Non-profit and run totally by volunteers. Society members pay annual dues.

Four officers elected annually, President, vice president, secretary, Treasurer Five board members elected from membership every three years. Operate under Original laws and bylaws drawn up in 1993.

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No

Publications

The Museum has a small publishing department that offers many pamphlets, books and brochures. Many are free to visitors. Printed books and pamphlets are for sale and are all about Local History gleaned from old ducuments, letters etc. In all at the present time there are 29 available publications. List of books and pamphlets are available by writing to Hermione Museum, P. O. Box 268, Tallulah, LA 71284

  • 1=Once a year newsletter sent to all members
  • 2=Quarterly meeting of society are announced by postcards with file pictures of bygone days on the front.

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Tours

Although the Museum is small, guided tours are given to all visitors.

Gift Shops

Gift shop mainly features local published books pertaining to the area and publications published by the Museum.

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours