The Helena Museum of Phillips County is a historic building in Helena, Arkansas. The Museum is Helena’s oldest civic building, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Today, the Museum today serves the community by displaying numerous artifacts of historical significance to the area.
The Helena Museum of Phillips County initially began
as simply the museum of the town of Helena. The town commissioned the
construction of the library by the firm of Raenhart and Simon, and construction
on the building was completed in 1891. Soon after its construction, it was thought
that the library should be painted to reflect its Mediterranean style of
architecture, and as a result, it was painted pink to reflect this. The
building remained as just a library for years, but it began collecting local
artifacts given by the citizens of Helena that were of historical significance
to the town. As a result, the library continued to gain artifacts at such a
rate that it was beginning to lose room to hold all of them.
Due to the lack of space for the artifacts, it was
proposed that an additional museum building was to be added to the library.
Construction began on the museum in the late 1920s, and it was completed in
1930. Since its opening, the museum has played host to numerous artifacts of
relevance to Phillips County and the town of Helena, especially in relation to
the Civil War. Artifacts of this sort include numerous Civil War uniforms, as
well as two dioramas depicting the Battle of Helena. The Library and Museum
were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and it is still
collecting artifacts and entries to put on display today.