The Ozark Heritage Art Center & Museum
410 Oak St, Leslie, AR, USA
The Ozark Heritage Art Center & Museum Leslie Reviews
Learning about the Ozarks from the folks who live there. May 09, 2008
The Federal government in 1935 had enough money to help build or construct some very nice buildings all over the United States especially in rural and western mountain populations. It was part of the New Deal called Works Projects Administration (WPA). Here in Leslie, Arkansas, a very small town of only about 500 they built a large 400 seat auditorium and theater in 1936. Today the town has converted this marvelous old building without losing the auditorium/theater into the Ozark Heritage Art Center and Museum. Located near the historic downtown it also features a nice art gallery, relics from the towns past including clothing, documents, photographs, furniture, and quilts. They still have community programs in the theater. This quaint little museum and gallery asks for donations rather than charging a fee and the young lady and her son are more than ready to show you around, tell stories about the area, and even explain in detail some of the artifacts on display. This is a wonderful way to learn a little about the Ozarks and the people who live there.
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