Committed to the preservation of the O’Kelly family papers that span nearly two centuries in Louisiana.
Thought to be Monroe, Louisiana’s oldest house, the O’Kelly Home was purchased by Henry O’Kelly in about the year 1871 and the family continued to live in the home four generations until the building was sold and relocated in 1971. Following a renovation in 1882, little was changed inside or out in the O’Kelly’s century of residence. My Grandmother described it variously as a museum, a time capsule and a library for students interested in the study of Louisiana history. She claimed that she lost herself entire days browsing amongst the bookshelves and curiosities that filled the home. Each item was a treasure, had it’s own story and although I have never stepped foot in our family home, I know it’s tales well. The O’Kelly Family Collection came from this home, later to be stored by descendants in trunks, hat and shoe boxes, kept in garages, attics, and closets. There were fires and floods and what was once a vast collection that filled an entire house has dwindled to a bookshelf of our past. My Grandmother, Alice O’Kelly, inspired and encouraged me to collect, preserve and share our history. It is to her loving memory that The O’Kelly Family Collection is dedicated. ~ Emily M. Davis
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