Current Exhibits

We feature several rotating exhibits at any given time.

The Photography of Louis Melcher
Louis Melcher’s beautiful landscape photography has ensured his place of prominence in Fayette County’s history. Whereas many early photographers satisfied their creative energy with portrait photography, Melcher was prolific in documenting everyday life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in a manner that is both instructive and creative. We invite you to take your time and discover all the small details in his crisp images.

When White Dresses Were in Vogue
Many lovely examples of women’s clothing represent the period between about 1905 and 1915 when white was the color of choice for stylish ladies. Whether local women were just being fashionable or were making a political statement like the suffragettes is unclear, but there was definitely a trend toward wearing white as photographs from that period show how white clothing dominated fashions before the Great War.

Crayon Portraits

These photo enlargements enhanced with Conté crayons or charcoal were quite popular in our area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Our rotating display features crayon portraits from our collection and also some on loan to us.

Advertising Calendars
A 1960 La Grange High School band birthday calendar and other examples given out by local businesses from 1928 to 1977 line our gallery wall.