Louisiana History Museum
Backstory and Context
The Alexandria Library was designed by architecture firm Crosby and Henkel in the Beaux Arts style. Andrew Carnegie had sent the town $10,000 for the construction and S.S. Bryan agreed to match that amount. Like all other Carnegie funded libraries, the one in Alexandria was meant to be free, a place of cultural enrichment, and managed by the city. It remained a library until, presumably, around 1970 (it is not clear exactly when) when Angelique Stafford "Gic" Kraushaar started to galvanize support for a new museum. The building was remodeled and in 1971 the Alexandria Historical and Genealogical Library and Museum, as it was then called, opened. The museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.