Discover the past at Pioneer Day

It’s the way Northwest Louisiana was in the 1900s

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - Step back in time to discover what life was like back in the early days of the Shreveport area at Pioneer Day. Head over to the northeast corner of LSU Shreveport on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Starting at 10:00am, walk through the park and see all seven structures from back in the day. Spend an hour or two exploring how people lived. See the the Doctor’s Office, the Webb & Webb Commissary, The Riverfront Mission of First Baptist Church and more. Each building is furnished with artifacts from that time period.

Watch demonstrations by the Red River Blacksmiths and the Red River Quilters (look for them in the General Store) and pine needle basket weaving (on the cabin porch). Follow the tour guides as you go inside some amazingly well-preserved buildings. Listen to music in the chapel and out under the shade trees.

You can also support local folk art. Marty Young, Director of the Pioneer Heritage Center says the event “started about 23 years ago. It was done to help showcase these local folklife groups and help them to recruit younger members because you don’t want these crafts to just die off. and to showcase local artists that might not get the big seats that you do at some of the other festivals that you have.”

It’s the first time for Pioneer Day since 2018. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. Kids under five will have free admission.

Robert Streeter

Robert Streeter

Lead content producer for the Ark-La-Tex Weekend as well as Creative Services Producer.