Last updated: 3/28/2015
211 Stanton St.
New Llano, LA 71461
109 Stanton St.
New Llano, LA 71461
|Thursday - Friday||10 AM - 4 PM|
Mary Ann Fussell, Manager
John Crook, Executive Director Vernon Parish Tourism Commission
phone: 337-238-0783 x104
Marci Cook, Administrative Asst. Vernon Parish Tourism Commission
phone: 337-238-0783 x103
The Museum of the New Llano Colony celebrates the rich legacy of the cooperators came from all walks of life and from all over the world seeking Utopia - a paradise where "you produce for use, not profit", where all members did equal work for equal benefits.
Though the colony itself lasted only a little over two decades, many of the ideals they promoted are taken for granted by Americans today, including minimum wages, equal rights for women and child labor laws, health care and old age pensions.
Do you have items from the New Llano Colony that you would like to share with others? The Museum of the New Llano Colony is currently seeking items that represent the history of the cooperative colony. This could be photographs, letters, publications, handmade items, machinery, etc. In return, we will house and protect your items in a controlled environment.
Items may be donated outright, loaned to the museum for an indefinite period, copied while you wait, or possibly even purchased. Transportation for larger items may be arranged. For more information, please call the museum at (337) 238-1185 or the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission at (337) 238-0783.
Museum of West Louisiana
Robert and Madine Mueller Papers
Martha Palmer Collection
Freddie Boswell Collection
Dr. Lynda Boren Collection
Irene & Chuck Harper Videos
Stop by the museum and read any of the books on our reading list which features a variety of books related to the New Llano Colony, as well as collections of documents.
While you're here, ask to see the LPB documentary "American Utopia". Filmed in 1994 by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the film features interviews with several former colonists who still lived in the New Llano area, as well as locals who remember the colony. Also available for viewing is the Academy Award-winning drama "Reds" starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton which tells the story of John Reed, American Communist, journalist and activist and his love affair with writer / feminist Louise Bryant against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution.
In 1928, while still a young girl, Irene Maki came from Minnesota with her mother, Mary Christina, and siblings Gertrude, Myrtle, George, Chick, and Milton. Her YouTube videos, made in 2013-14, offer a glimpse into her personal memories of the colony. Please make adjustments as needed with the sound - the videos are worth it.
Access: General Public
Appointment required: No
Tours may be arranged in advance for any day of the week.
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